Best Books for Intrapreneurs

Most times when we talk about creating change we focus on social entrepreneurs. It’s played up as this sexy lifestyle where you have a great idea, implement a few systems and before you know it you have a thriving enterprise.


Point blank, entrepreneurship isn’t at all like that.


And what’s more, entrepreneurship isn’t the ideal lifestyle for everyone. In fact, there is a new classification of entrepreneur coming to the forefront. These individuals can create tremendous impact while working in organizations.


This new classification is called Intrapreneurs.


These movers and shakers are able to create a positive impact from a traditional role. Sometimes it’s through your traditional career. Other times it’s through a new corporate responsibility chapter within the company.


Either way, social entrepreneurship is not the only way. If you’re looking to make that positive impact through your current role, here are the best books (courtesy of guest recommendations) to help you along the way.


Give And Take by Adam Grant



Adam Grant dives into the heart of what defines meaningful success. While factors like hard work, focus and talent still play important roles, this book is going to show you one other exceptionally important factor: giving.


Most of us fall into a category of giver, taker or matcher. Through extensive research, Grant showcases the tendencies of long-term success of these types of individuals. These surprising stories will redefine the way you look at generosity for meaningful success.




Delivering Happiness by Tony Hsieh




Zappos CEO recounts his unorthodox yet revolutionary approach to company culture and customer service in this cutting edge book on leadership. Some of his methods are flat out surprising, but all of them will have you rethinking culture. This book is a mix of a personal biography and a chronicle of an incredible company’s success.








Let My People Go Surfing by Yvon Chouinard

Patagonia founder Yvon Chouinard recounts a compelling story from climbing to the founder of one of the most renowned outdoor companies. This longtime environmentalist captivates both the career minded and adventurer alike. The most enchanting aspect is where Yvon brings social good to the hear of the business.







Start With Why by Simon Sinek



If you haven’t heard of Simon Sinek’s popular TED Talk or related book, then I don’t know where you’ve been hanging out. If nothing else, you NEED to listen to his TED Talk.


Simon Sinek’s resources help you re-evaluate your work, and let’s be honest, you life. It’s a journey of refocusing your efforts based around determining a why specific to you and what you want to focus your life on. For all my intrapreneurs out there, this is a great resource for you to define your journey toward more meaningful work.




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