Excerpt from the book
As the legend goes, five employees at IBM were working on an enterprise solution based on software owned by Xerox. The leadership liked the idea, but they failed to estimate the length and breadth of the solution. The idea was pursued for a while and then killed. The employees left IBM and found it a company that is currently the biggest player in the ERP sector. The company is known as SAP SE.
Steve Jobs was working for Atari while Steve Wozniak what’s working for HP. They collaborated on a game for Atari called breakout. Neither Atari nor HP knew the behemoth of talent and vision in their offices. They co-founded Apple. Apple changed the way people saw personal computers, mobile phones, PDAs, and online music. Steve Jobs also ended up becoming one of the pillars of Pixar, which changed the world of animation movies forever, dwarfing the brilliance of Disney.
Whitney Wolfe Herd left Tinder After feeling disillusioned due to tensions with other executives. She was one of the central figures of Tinder. After leaving the company, she started another company called Bumble. The USB was, unlike Tinder, Bumble was a more feministic dating application. By allowing women to initiate conversation, Bumble addressed the sexual harassment aspect of online dating to some extent. This was based on the feedback Tinder had been receiving throughout its existence. Tinder chose to ignore, but when Bumble laid its foundation, it became one of the founding pillars.
While the actual history is a little complicated for the above examples, these legends highlight one thing – there are entrepreneurs in each company who could change the face of the world if they managed to take the leap of faith and pursue their vision.
As a result, over the years, companies have started supporting people with entrepreneurial attitudes within the organization. Such resources are supported by the technical and logistical infrastructure so that they could develop in-house solutions adding to the bottom line of the company. This Enablement engages the resources while tying up their performance with their progress. Such resources could see significant progress within the organization while having the opportunity to work on their brainchild without the risk involved with any startup.
This has led to a unique situation. The resources who lacked entrepreneurial attitude used to manage within their ecosystem in yesteryears. Since the benchmark went up and entrepreneurial attitude became a standard resource quality, such resources found their skill set lacking.
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