Do They Have An Entrepreneurial Spirit?

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Now that might sound like an odd quality to consider when hiring a new employee. Wouldn’t the “entrepreneurial” employee be inclined to go off on his own and possibly even start up a competitive company?

Sure, that’s a possibility. But there may be some real advantages to considering this quality when hiring someone.

First let’s take a look at the definition of entrepreneur:

Someone who is willing to assume the responsibility, risk and rewards of starting and operating a business. An entrepreneurial person is innovative and enterprising.

Are these qualities you’d like to see in your staff?

Some business owners would prefer their staff be very compliant, follow company policy to the letter and not get too creative or innovative with their duties. Fair enough. I respect that viewpoint completely.

But there are also business owners out there who like working with people who stretch the envelope. They enjoy the employee who comes up with a very creative approach to solving a business dilemma even if this approach involves some risk.

I think there’s something to be said for both sides of this coin. Following company policy is important, very important. But one can bring creativity and innovation to the workplace while also having a very healthy respect for company policy.

If you’re a business owner, then you’ve already got a strong dose of the entrepreneurial spirit within you. It may work to your advantage to have even more of that in your workplace.



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