Do you have what it takes? Why being a successful intrapreneur is about more than good ideas
“The more senior you are, the more suitable you are for innovation programmes.” It’s a myth we’ve heard pretty regularly, but in reality, there is no such correlation between seniority and the aptitude for intrapreneurship.
However, while intrapreneurs can (and do) come from any level across an organisation, not everyone is suitable for intrapreneurship. From the ability to take risk, to an inherent desire to change the status quo, there are a number of personality traits which successful intrapreneurs have in common, and – best of all – they can be identified in a 30 minute online ‘DNA test’
Indeed, it’s this test which helped Telekom Indonesia discover what it calls the ‘missing link’ – understanding more about the people who are fuelling its Digital Amoeba innovation programme, determining the optimum team make up, and perhaps most importantly of all, understanding how best to inspire these staff and boost success.
A scientific approach to personality testing
To create its unique DNA test, AfCE has partnered with social scientists to help assess potential intrapreneurs on multiple levels, by applying scientific data to their responses to a number of questions – to measure who they are, inherently.
Knowing that successful entrepreneurs tend to have similar personality traits and cognitive abilities, the test is able to recognise that certain aspects of a person, or their genetic makeup, can determine whether he or she has the potential to be an intrapreneur.
In Telekom Indonesia’s case, the team was able to quickly test more than 200 of its employees, assessing for traits like Problem Solving and Intellectual Disposition as well as Mannerliness and Self-Regard – in order give a good indication as to the success of an intrapreneur.
At AfCE, we see that intrapreneurs tend to have the interest and ability to create innovative and unconventional approaches and ideas as well as the adaptability and desire to learn new things. While displaying courtesy and tact to build long-term strategic relationships, intrapreneurs tend to accept criticism and feedback and remain positive through obstacles.
The ‘quickest and cheapest’ route to de-risking innovation efforts
AfCE’s evidence-based personality survey is proven to have an accuracy of 85 per cent in predicting intrapreneurial success, and can be used to help determine which employees to hire into a programme.
For Telkom Indonesia, though, the core benefit was in taking an in-depth look into its current employees. The summary report, that comes alongside the DNA test, detailed insights on the cognitive ability, values, and talents of the intrapreneurs currently fuelling its innovation team.
With these results, Telkom Indonesia was able better understand the individuals it employs and the contributions they made to the team – helping them to better work together. Crucially it helped the organisation to determine how to reward their team of intrapreneurs – using information about their ambitions and drivers to better incentivise them and, ultimately, to fuel success.
For this team, the results have been transformational. Telkom Indonesia tells us that engaging with AfCE has been by far ‘the quickest and cheapest way to de-risk innovation, ensuring that projects have the best chance of succeeding by ensuring the right people, with the right mix of skills, are in place to drive them.