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How to get your team to grow your business and not just work for you.

How do you help your team make the shift from working every day to having a more business growth mindset. Some call it an entrepreneurial mindset. Many businesses face this challenge. Let us share how we work with your team to make this shift and create lasting impact on your business.

Bringing your team together to create new business opportunities

What is an entrepreneurial mind set?

An entrepreneurial mindset is a way of thinking and acting that is characterized by creativity, innovation, risk-taking, and a strong focus on achieving success in a new venture or business. It involves a willingness to identify and pursue new opportunities, an ability to think outside the box, and a determination to succeed despite challenges and obstacles. This mindset is often associated with traits such as resilience, perseverance, and adaptability.

How does this translate into a different way of working?

1. New ideas

An entrepreneurial mindset encourages employees to bring new and creative ideas to the table, leading to a more innovative company culture. Employees with an entrepreneurial mindset are constantly looking for ways to improve processes and products, which can help a business stay ahead of the competition and stay relevant in an ever-changing market. Encouraging this mindset among employees can also lead to a more open and collaborative work environment, where people are comfortable sharing their ideas and working together to bring them to life.

2. Figuring out how to take a risk

An entrepreneurial mindset involves taking calculated risks, which can help a business stay ahead of the competition and continuously grow. Employees who are comfortable taking risks are more likely to come up with new ideas and be willing to test them, which can lead to breakthroughs and innovations that would not have been possible otherwise. By fostering a culture where risk-taking is encouraged and rewarded, a business can stay ahead of the curve and stay competitive in a rapidly changing market.

3. Solving Problems

The leadership team of any business can't possibly solve all the problems a business is facing. You need the input of your team to do that. That's where team members with an entrepreneurial mindsets come in. Entrepreneurial employees are naturally equipped to find innovative solutions to problems, which can help a business operate more efficiently and effectively.

These employees are often able to think outside the box and find creative solutions to problems that others, including your leaders, might not see, which can help a business save time and resources. Additionally, an entrepreneurial mindset fosters a culture of continuous improvement, where employees are always looking for ways to improve processes and products.

4. Taking the initiative

An entrepreneurial mindset encourages employees to take ownership of their work and take the initiative to make things happen, which can lead to improved performance and productivity.

Entrepreneurial employees are self-motivated and driven to succeed, and they are often willing to take on challenging projects and responsibilities without being asked. By fostering this type of culture, a business can tap into the energy and creativity of its employees and achieve more than it would otherwise.

5. Focusing on customers

Entrepreneurial employees are often customer-focused and they see the customers challenges differently to the way that you do. These employees always looking for ways to improve the customer experience and increase customer satisfaction.

They understand that success depends on keeping customers happy and are always looking for ways to go above and beyond for them. This customer-centric approach can help a business build stronger relationships with its customers and increase loyalty, leading to more repeat business and growth.

6. Being open to change

An entrepreneurial mindset requires being able to adapt quickly to change, which is crucial in today's rapidly evolving business environment. Entrepreneurial employees are comfortable with ambiguity and uncertainty, and they are able to pivot quickly when needed.

They don't expect you to have all the answers and they know that things can and so change rapidly. By fostering this type of culture, a business can be more resilient and better able to respond to changes in the market, leading to improved competitiveness and growth.

7. Finding new opportunities

An entrepreneurial mindset fosters a growth-oriented culture, where employees are constantly seeking new opportunities and ways to expand the business. Entrepreneurial employees are driven by a desire to succeed, and they are always looking for new ways to grow and scale the business.

This type of culture can help a business attract top talent, increase its market share, and build a strong brand reputation, all of which are critical to long-term success and growth.

How we help your team make this shift?

Working on real business problems is a practical way for employees to develop an entrepreneurial mindset. When employees are given the chance to work on a real challenge, they can see the direct impact of their efforts and be motivated by their progress. This type of experience helps employees think creatively, take calculated risks, and find unique solutions to problems, which are all key traits of an entrepreneurial mindset.

By working on a real business problem, employees have the chance to take ownership and feel responsible for the outcome. They have the opportunity to test new ideas and be more creative, which can help create a more innovative and lively work environment. This hands-on learning also helps employees grow their skills and build confidence, making them more capable and valuable contributors to the business. This what YEP's entrepreneur programs are designed to achieve.

How do YEP Careers make this experience have a lasting impact?

The YEP Careers team use the Lean Canvas approach so that teams can replicate this approach. The Lean Canvas is a visual tool that can help teams working on a live business problem by providing a structured framework for identifying, prioritizing, and testing key elements of their business idea. It provides a simple, yet comprehensive approach to creating a a new business idea and helps teams communicate their ideas in a clear and concise way.

The Lean Canvas keeps your teams focused on;

  • defining their target customer,

  • identifying their unique value proposition, and

  • mapping out the key components of their business, including revenue streams, channels, key activities, and cost structures.

This information can then be used to prioritize the most important aspects of their business idea and focus their efforts on the areas that will have the greatest impact.

Keeping it real

In addition, the Lean Canvas allows teams to experiment quickly and test their assumptions about the viability of their business idea. By using the canvas to experiment and validate their ideas, teams can learn what works and what doesn't, and adjust their approach accordingly. This fast and changing process can help teams move from an initial concept to a validated business model in a more efficient and effective manner.


Included in the program is a mentor for each team. This is a trusted advisor who provides guidance, support, and advice to the team. Mentors can be your internal leaders or they can be from the leadership's business or customer network.

Mentors often have more experience and knowledge in a particular field and use that expertise to help their teams grow and develop professionally. The relationship between a mentor and a mentee is usually more personal and informal, and the focus is on he teams idea & professional growth. This connects the teams ideas with the realities of the business.

Pitching the idea

Normally, the goal of a pitch event is to secure funding, attract investors, or find business partners by showcasing the potential of their idea or product.

Typically, a pitch event consists of several rounds of presentations, with each entrepreneur or startup presenting their idea to a panel of judges or investors. The presentations usually last between 5 to 10 minutes and are followed by a question and answer session, where the judges can ask the presenter questions about their business idea or product.

In the YEP Careers program your teams the pitch event allows your team to showcase their ideas and gain visibility for their business. Business leaders often attend the pitch event with an approved budget to green light the best new project, giving the team an instant feeling of impact, engagement and achievement.

If this program sounds like it would solve a challenge in your business.

Reach out and talk to us about a customised program today.

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