Job Descriptions Are Dead - Intrapreneurship & 7 Areas of Impact

Last year I wrote this article about Intrapreneurship.

I believe the article contains several interesting points.

But I got curious - there must be more to it.

That's why I started drawing.

And I came to the below model.

I see 3 important areas of work:

  1. Expectations of other people

  2. Your skills

  3. What is valuable for the organization

Now let's explore each area one by one.

While reading, ask yourself: how much of my work week do I spend in this area?

1)     Waste of time

People have lots of expectations from you.

“This is part of your role.”
“You need to attend this meeting.”

But if these tasks don’t generate business value, it is a waste of time.

Not the right use of your skills. No value for the company.

What to do? Be assertive. Recognize pointless requests and push back.

2)     Not using the right skills of the employee

These are activities that are valuable to the organization. However, looking at your skill set, you can have a bigger impact in other areas. Better to have someone else take care of it.

What to do? Delegate to a colleague. Except when you want to grow your skill set in this area.

3)     Chocolate diet

Your manager expects you to do work that you are good at, but it doesn’t bring any value to the organization. Fun in the short run, harmful in the long run. Just like a diet of chocolate.

What do do? Ask yourself, "How can I use my skills to contribute to the company's goals?"

4)     Wrong environment

In this area, your manager doesn't see your skills as valuable. And your skills indeed do not help to contribute to the organization.

For example, you may be an expert in raising children. But it won’t be very valuable in your job as a chemist.

Of course this is an extreme example.

But my key point is: if this area is too large, you're in the wrong environment.

What do do? Change your job.

5)     New skills required

There are many new ways to bring value to the company.

To start contributing in this area, you need to gain new skills. These don’t fall within your job responsibilities yet. And people don't expect you to do this.

However, if you expand your skill set, you can grow your responsibilities and enlarge your impact.

What do do? If these skills are within your ambition, go and learn.

6)     Perfect match: skills, expectations of others, and valuable for organization