Seth Godin calls them “Linchpins”.
They are irreplaceable. They’re a special breed. They need to have both the initiative and the nous of an entrepreneur, but also have the social skills, patience and political talent to navigate the byzantine inner working of a large organization.
They’re intrapreneurs: people who spearhead change from within, who initiate and create.
Workplace unhappiness is an American plague, but encouraging intrapreneurship could be the answer. In an article on Wired, Douglas Brown from Post University argues that intrapreneurship is the answer to feelings of inadequacy, disconnection, and lack of impact.
Intrapreneurship is the feeling of connection, not just to a workplace or a team, but to a mission.