Embracing the Entrepreneurial Spirit

woman with entrepreneurial spirit standing at the food counterThe entrepreneurial spirit is one of the most successful perspectives you can embrace as a business leader, who is looking to develop a long-term company success story.  Entrepreneurs think and behave in ways that provides them with the leverage to create, maintain and expand their business ideas into thriving realities.  Such spirit breathes new life into the sometimes-stale ways of doing business.  Today more individuals are turning to entrepreneurial opportunities to build their future and remain more in control of their personal lifestyles.  For many the corporate world has lost its luster.  The variety of opportunities seem endless.  However, to succeed in the business world as an entrepreneur, a certain mindset or entrepreneurial spirit is necessary to ensure you have the necessary grit.

What is an entrepreneurial spirit?

Much of this entrepreneurial spirit is comprised of self-motivation and inner drive.  Entrepreneurs are by nature innovative, creative, and calculated risk-takers.  They are passionate about the work that they do and the people they serve.  But, not all entrepreneurs are successful.  It takes more than simply having the next big idea.  It takes self-discipline, strong communication skills, and the ability to set a clear vision.  In addition, when we describe the entrepreneurial spirit, we also include characteristics such as optimism, trust in one’s self, and courage.

Why do we need an entrepreneurial spirit?

Entrepreneurs are forward thinkers.  They cultivate new ideas and inspire those around them.  They rely on innovation to discover new opportunities for new products, services or intellectual solutions.  The successful entrepreneurs are action takers.  The entrepreneurial spirit can assist businesses in weaving together a seamless workflow between creating the vision and implementing the strategy.  In the long run, such spirit breathes necessary stamina and vitality into a long-term organizational growth process.

THE ENTREPRENEURIAL SPIRIT CAN ASSIST BUSINESSES IN WEAVING TOGETHER A SEAMLESS WORKFLOW BETWEEN CREATING THE VISION AND IMPLEMENTING THE STRATEGY.
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How can you develop an entrepreneurial spirit?business finance

  1. Believe that you have the necessary abilities to get the job done. When times get tough at work, being able to believe that you have the necessary skills to complete the tasks is a major source of self-confidence.  Co-workers will notice that you are not letting the pressure bring you down, and you can be a source of inspiration for those around you.
  2. Include your creativity.  Problems will arise, and you can do yourself a great favor by thinking outside the box.  Many times, the most innovative products and services are developed in solving your most difficult challenges.  Developing a new product or a new way of delivering a service often is the result of trying to maintain a competitive edge in your industry.
  3. Listen to other perspectives. Even if you are creating an innovative, out-of-the box product, take the necessary time to carefully plan its development and implementation.  Solicit other perspectives.  Planning ahead, and knowing what to expect and/or what might happen, can save a great amount of time in the long run.  Things can (and often will) go wrong and being prepared saves money, stress and time.
  4. Hone your communication skills. Always maintain high standards when it comes to communicating with others.  Be honest, clear and accurate in all messages that you send, regardless of whether they are whether face-to-face, email, texting, or social media posts.  Effective professionals speak well and articulate a clear message.  But, effective communication also involves highly trained listening skills.  The entrepreneurial spirit demonstrates enthusiasm and optimism which is often translated through your daily communication behaviors.
  5. Maintain that inner drive. Entrepreneurs are known to be self-motivated and driven.  They keep their eyes focused on the long-term goals; looking forwardeven when times get tough; being passionate about what they are doing and why they are doing it.  Your inner drive is what allows you to attain your goals.  And if you can share this passion with others, you can provide inspiration to those others as well.

Embracing an entrepreneurial spirit in your workplace can provide many positive benefits.  It can be a motivator when times get tough, and a reminder to keep moving forward.  It can provide team-building opportunities and allow your coworkers to be proud of their accomplishments.  Share your spirit at your workplace and watch the results soar.  The rewards are endless!

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Dr. Ann Gatty is a partner at Drs. Gatty, LLC, a business consulting firm, helping businesses add value-assets to their businesses. For the past twenty years she and her husband, Gene, have been providing business leadership mentoring and solving HR employment issues. Ann has recently created The Business Sphere of Excellence® a strategic business planning model used to construct annual and long range business plans helping businesses run more efficiently and profitably. Dr. Gatty is an expert in understanding and improving the workplace culture which is foundational for implementing any successful strategic initiatives. In order to better explain the importance of employee engagement, Ann partners with Beretta, her Great Dane therapy dog to present her key findings. For more information about leadership mentoring or building a business to work brilliantly, visit www.strategicpeoplesolutions.com.
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