A popular way to explain what you want in a person. I recall a conversation with an HR VP at a Fortune 500 company explaining why they need more people with an entrepreneurial spirit. I recalled the scene from A Few Good Men where Jack Nicholson’s character responded after being badgered about telling the truth with “You can’t handle the truth!” I had a quick image of Jack Nicholson delivering the line “You can’t handle the entrepreneurial spirit!”
To truly support the entrepreneurial spirit people have to have the power to make decisions, to fail, and to get the support to fix them. It is a common method for Seth Godin, which is why I read him everyday. I like and respect the voices of Drucker, Collins, and Covey in the space of personal and business growth, but Seth does it in less words and it always resonates with me.
My advice – Read Seth. Here is a sample.
My second piece of advice – Add a Seth moment to your team meetings for people to share a 30 second clip of something that resonated with them over the past week/month of his posts.