I am often asked what my definition of „entrepreneurship“ is. From my perspective, this is a very good question … especially if you are looking for a partner to coach/guide you to reach the next level as an effective leader in a challenging business area or to improve or transform your entire organization to become more agile or resilient.
Therefore … I want to share with you my list of important skills and – most importantly – my experience on the attitude / mindset of a successful, people and growth-oriented entrepreneur.
think and act bi-modal: defining and modelling the processes gaining maximum efficiency and effectivity in the current core business and at the same time ideating new solutions and services for future business.
take the initiative, act proactively and empathically … instead of waiting until a picture is completed or people act confused.
feel responsible for bringing in own ideas and solutions (from whom ever) and driving improvements to bring the system to the next level … instead of just focusing on what is needed to achieve the results you once promised.
have the finger on the puls … instead of feeling comfortable with own experiences from the past.
decide and take responsibility … instead of being limited by uncertainty or currently existing silos or the current job description, if you see advantages for the common goals or for the enthusiasm of the customers.
communicate with others across all functions/levels and globally when needed, ask questions and negotiate … instead of setting his/her own opinions over facts and figures or perceiving/evaluating boundaries as restrictions.
be able to face / deal with conflicts and challenges, when problems and hurdles occur.
being totally committed to the goal and convinced that the efforts and providing/giving extra time are worth it.
be enthusiastic and have fun when others join in and treat them not as employees but as equals.
feel free to do something which could perceived as “crazy”, “courageous” or as an approach “bypassing the standards and common sense”.
And my overall rule is: „Attitude before methods …“ I love it to do so!“