I had a conversation recently with a friend concerning our current economic climate, and how it is affecting the staff of his organization. His observations were that the staff have become a bit paralyzed, simply going through the rote motions of doing business because there is "no money" to do anything else.
I came away from that conversation with a few ideas, and after considering them for a couple of days, here are some of my thoughts:
First, money drives the motivation and innovation in most people's lives. Many employees think that if there is no money, there can't be growth.
Second, in a recessed and downsizing climate employees ought to not simply get by, but rather step up and make themselves invaluable (even if for selfish reasons: keeping their job).
Third, all people can be entrepreneurial in their thinking (even as I have trumpeted the concept that all people are creative).
Fourth, if they will unpack the hidden entrepreneurial spirit they carry, people can go much further in all of their endeavors, personally and professionally. Instead of depending on your company and your paycheck for your livelihood, seek other streams of revenue for your area of work in your company and for your personal income.
In conclusion, let me encourage readers to think beyond the confines of always doing things a certain way and explore other possibilities. (Here I go): Everyone is creative! capitalize on your creativity and become entrepreneurial!