Julie Walker on Growing An Intrapreneur Mindset
What does it actually mean to act like owners, take more risks, and be more entrepreneurial in the conference room or executive suite of a big company? Tune in to today’s episode where Andy Murray talks to Julie Walker, partner and CEO adviser at Inc. CEO Project, about what has changed in business where the ordinary employee is now being compelled to become something they’ve only read about and were certainly never taught in business school.
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3 Insights from Julie
1. Give credit away
“As an individual who is working hard to create and bring new ideas and breakthrough processes to their company, it's so important to bring others along and share the credit, in fact, give it away. If you're really motivated by the idea and not politics, give it away all day long.”
2. Heads down vs heads up
“That mindset difference between an employee who comes in and they've got their head down and they're working hard on the system, and an entrepreneur whose heads up and they're always learning and looking for inspiration, and frankly just an opportunity, some good luck in any place, they can find it.”
3. Being comfortable with being uncomfortable
“Intrapreneurship is getting comfortable going outside of the trusted road behind and the trusted tools that got you where you are. This comes from studying other industries and making yourself uncomfortable once a year.”
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About Your Host
CEO and Founder of bigQUEST
Andy is a highly effective senior leader with a passion for growth, creating cultures that unleash talent, and building capabilities through collaboration across functions. He has held leadership roles across retail (Walmart), CPG (P&G), start-ups (Mercury 11, Saatchi X) and global organizations (Asda U.K.). A creative problem solver, innovator, and marketer, he is known for building high-performing teams and delivering results.
Andy is a lifetime Honorary Board member of the University of Arkansas's Center for Retail Excellence where he helped developed the Center's presence and Innovation conferences. He is also an Early Board Member for the Soderquist Center for Leadership and Ethics college. Andy was inducted into the Shopper Marketing Hall of Fame in 2013 for his pioneering work in developing best practices and industry leadership in the emerging field of Shopper Marketing. He currently serves as Chairman of Asda Foundation.
About Our Guest
Partner, CEO Advisor, & Board Member | Inc. CEO Project
Prior to joining Inc. CEO Project and after nearly 25 years at Procter & Gamble where she led mature brands to new sources of growth, she moved into her first CEO role. In this role, she was again tasked with restoring growth to a stagnant 8-year old business. As a leader, she had to shift her time and attention from explaining the mission and strategies to redefining the operating culture. Since then she has dedicated her time to helping companies and CEOs unlock topline growth of mature but underperforming businesses in both product and service sectors.