Nominations Needed: Who Innovates in Your Organization?

By Clement Christensen

April 5, 2013

It seems the more Congress loiters, lingers, and lags on a budget solution, the more the onus falls on federal managers to come up with creative, innovative ideas to keep government humming along.  But as many of us, this writer included, are all too aware, the font of creativity is not something that can necessarily be summoned at will.

That’s why many agencies are now emphasizing practices that empower all team members to innovate and create. Given the authority to share the creative burden, “intrapreneurs” are pursuing new ideas for agencies that increasingly rely on bright ideas in lieu of budding budgets.

Intrapreneurship – the act of behaving like an entrepreneur within a large organization – creates a framework where employees are granted autonomy and freedom to drive projects of their own in an entrepreneurial way, allowing dormant ideas that employees have to take shape.

This year, Government Executive's Excellence in Government Conference will feature presenters who will show you how to identify and nurture opportunities for intrapreneurship in your agency and develop a program-wide culture of innovation. In the spirit of intrapreneurship, we felt it appropriate that we empower our audience to contribute as well. So, we’re asking you: do you know someone who embodies intrapreneurship, or has a unique story of innovation in federal agencies to tell?

If so, nominate them, and they may have the chance to present at a session titled "Intrapreneuership: How to Empower Your Team to Innovate" at this year's Excellence in Government event!

Please feel free to nominate yourself or a colleague. Once we've collected nominations, we'll put the top submissions to a vote!

Excellence in Government is the premiere government leadership event aimed at improving agency performance, and will be held on May 13 - 14 in Washington, D.C.

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By Clement Christensen

April 5, 2013

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