Increase Productivity With Entrepreneurial Mindset
A successful and productive company includes staff members that have an entrepreneurial mindset. This may seem to be counterproductive, but people with an entrepreneurial mindset are excellent workers. If you’re looking for a way to rejuvenate your company or increase productivity, here are some useful tips for finding and keeping the best entrepreneurial employees.
Entrepreneurs have an expansive skill set and extraordinary traits that make them incredible hires for any company. Here are just a few common characteristics that many people with an entrepreneurial mindset share:
- Independent Workers
- Collaborative Workers
- Great Leaders
- Risk Takers
- Committed to Reaching Goals
These individuals are go-getters who will work the hardest, come up with the best ideas, and take up very little of your time and money. As your company looks for candidates for new hires, take a look at these tips for finding and hiring the best entrepreneurial workers.
Tips to Find and Keep Entrepreneurs in Your Company
- Promote Options, for the Present and the Future- Entrepreneurs are big picture thinkers. When they look at a project, they are not only looking at the end goal of that project but also potential offshoot opportunities. If you want to attract that entrepreneurial mindset, you’ll want to focus on options and lots of them. Options in the current position and options for future positions. Craft a job posting or description that displays the opportunities to pursue many different ideas while working on the core objectives of their project.
- Freedom for Self-Starters- These critical thinkers are self-starters and free thinkers. They tend to need very little guidance or oversight. To attract an entrepreneur, be sure to emphasize the way your company allows employees to troubleshoot and problem solve, on their own terms.
Once you have hired them, make sure you check in with them occasionally but also leave them to do the work you’ve assigned them. You’ll often find that they are way ahead of schedule or coming up with many different innovations to complete the assignment.
- Highlight Creativity- Most people with the entrepreneurial mindset think outside the box. They are attracted to companies who value creativity and individualism. Show the different avenues your company has for encouraging and supporting creative thinking and innovation.
Remember in the hiring process to distinguish between someone who is creative and an entrepreneur. Creative people can often get off track, entrepreneurs combine creativity, organization, and drive to produce fantastic results. Ask candidates how they would solve an unusual problem and see how they respond. Does their answer combine real world problem solving with creative thinking? If it does, you’ve found your entrepreneur.
Once you hire them, allow your creative thinker to try different approaches and ideas, while they work on projects.
- Showcase Risks- Entrepreneurs are risk takers. They value success, but also realize the importance of taking calculated risks to get there. In the interview process, ask about their past success and failures. Particularly, ask them what they learned from risks they’ve taken. Discuss with them some of the risks your company has taken and how they paid off. Showing them a company culture that allows and values risks will inspire them to come work for you.
Periodically meet with any of your staff who exude an entrepreneurial mindset to show them you value their ideas. Have open opportunities for idea sharing, perhaps a once a week meeting or brainstorming session. Show them progress as well as future goals to meet.
- Mentorship Programs- If you want to instill the creative and innovative thinking of an entrepreneur in your workplace, offer mentorships. Let them work with, talk to, and be inspired by the big innovators in your company. Describe these programs to potential hires and make sure to offer them to current staff to help them continuously grow. Also, mentors will inspire loyalty as well as creativity. You’ll build lasting relationships that will help your company continue to thrive.
Being True to the Entrepreneurial Approach
Many companies depend on the innovation and creativity that comes with the entrepreneurial spirit. These individuals will breathe new life into your company as well as save you time and money. You can depend on them to find new approaches and get the job done. A couple more things to keep in mind if you want to truly attract and keep entrepreneurs, visionaries, and innovators:
- Measure success by more than financial gain. Include metrics to measure success with, for example, productivity, cost efficiency, time saved, new clients, and options created.
- Allow employees to work on other ideas while they work on your projects. Often ideas intersect and one project could inspire another.
- Remember that your employees want to stay at your company. Give them reasons to stay, incentives, praise, freedom, and flexibility are just a few ways to encourage loyalty.
Following these tips will create an atmosphere that fosters creativity while crafting incredible results. If you have more questions or are curious about other aspects of the entrepreneurial mindset, check out our podcast. We work to bring you the very best in hiring practices.