Episode 132

Finding Intrapreneurs for Your Organization with Molly McGrath

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Molly McGrath is a podcaster, decade-long blogger, and two-time Amazon #1 Best Selling Author. Since the late nineties, Molly has coached, consulted and directed presidents and founders of national organizations and over 4,000 small business owners in executive-level leadership, continuous improvement, and team empowerment initiatives to infiltrate new markets, leveraging partner ecosystems and producing profitability.

 

LEADERSHIP INSIGHTS

  • An intrapreneur is someone who comes with proposed solutions rather than constant problems. They have ownership in their bones, even if they don’t have an actual stake in the business.
  • People often have a “sleeping giant” in their business. If you have an open culture where people have the permission and platform to speak up, be sure to search for high-potential people you may have overlooked.
  • When looking for intrapreneurs, ask powerful questions then pause and listen. If someone begins to pour forth ideas, you have found that right person.
  • Develop an employee growth plan rather than performance reviews. This includes a self-evaluation combined with impact goals that align with both their professional growth and the company’s goals.

 

QUESTIONS TO INSPIRE US TO ACTION

  • What is some lesson, saying, or experience that continues to influence your leadership to this day? A confused mind says “no.”
  • Use three descriptors to finish this sentence: “A leader is…” Upfront, out front, and wholly responsible for their communication and the energy they leave in every interaction and room.
  • What is a question that leaders should be asking either themselves or others? How am I doing?
  • What book would you recommend to leaders? Crucial Conversations: Tools for Talking When Stakes Are High by Joseph Grenny, Kerry Patterson, and Ron McMillan
  • If you could get every listener to start doing something THIS week to help them be a better leader, what would it be? Do a weekly self-management meeting every Sunday before starting the work week.
  • As a general life principle, is it better to ask “why?” or “why not?” “Why not?” this overcomes the response/attitude of “I (or we) can’t.”

 

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Josh Friedeman

Josh wants to help you LIVE and LEAD well.

From interviewing leaders and other experts who help leaders, to coaching leaders and entrepreneurs, to staying on the front lines of leadership research through his PhD work in organizational leadership, Josh likes to live and breathe all things leadership.

Sure, there's more to life than leadership - until, that is, you start seeing life AS leadership (*Freeze frame, roll credits*).