Opening Prayer: Father, please help me to maximise my potential wherever I find myself.
Previous Knowledge: The teacher should review the lesson for the last week.
Bible Verse: Genesis 30:25-34.
Memory Verse: “So, I sent messengers to them, saying, “I am doing a great work; so that I cannot come down. Why should the work cease while I leave it and go down to you?”-Nehemiah 6:3.
There are many possible situations where a potential entrepreneur does not get a chance to establish or fund his or her own business and has to work in an established organisation. In this case, he/she is referred to as an ‘intrapreneur’ i.e an entrepreneur within an organization.
LESSON AIM: To teach students what it takes to be an intrapreneur.
TEACHING OBJECTIVES: At the end of this lesson, students should be able to: a. Describe who an intrapreneur is.
b. Identify the characteristics of an intrapreneur.
c. Discover the benefits of being an intrapreneur.
Teaching Plan: To achieve the above-stated objectives, teachers should:
a. Allow the students to recite the memory verse, read the Bible passage, contribute to the discussion, and do class activities and assignments.
b. Allow the Assistant Teacher to see to the well-being of the class, and mark attendance and assignment.
c. Teach the lesson outlines, summarise, conclude, evaluate the lesson and give assignments to the students.
TEXT REVIEW: Genesis 30: 25-34.
In this passage, we have an example of Jacob as an entrepreneur under Laban the Entrepreneur.
A. Jacob told Laban of His decision to go back to his homeland v25.
B. Jacob demanded his children and wives as part of his wages for working for Laban v26.
C. Laban said he noticed that God………………………………………..v27.
i.Laban’s flock grew and was well taken care of by Jacob. v29.
ii. The flock………………………………………v30a.
iii. The Lord ……………………………………..v30b.
F. In response to Laban’s question, Jacob told Laban what he wanted as his wages , mentioning them ……………………………………………..v31-33.
G. Laban agreed with the terms and conditions given to him by Jacob v34.
LESSON ONE: DESCRIPTION OF AN ENTREPRENEUR
Teachers should allow students to discuss their views about entrepreneurship and guide the class through the following:
A. Who is an intrapreneur?
i. Intrapreneurs are usually employees within a company who are assigned to work on special ideas or projects and they are instructed to develop the project as an entrepreneur would.
ii. Intrapreneurs usually have the resources and capabilities of the company at their disposal.
iii. An intrapreneur is an inside entrepreneur or an entrepreneur with a large company who uses entrepreneurial skills without incurring the risk associated with those activities.
iv. They are also entrepreneurs because they do not share the typical “employer-employee” relationship with their bosses; instead, they operate just as collaborators and are treated as visionaries in the organisation.
B. Who is a Christian Intrapreneur?
i. A Christian intrapreneur is, therefore, a self-motivated, proactive, and result-oriented believer who takes the initiative to pursue an innovative product or service within an organisation manifesting the characters of Jesus Christ.
C. What is the difference between an entrepreneur and an intrapreneur?
i. An entrepreneur differs from an intrapreneur in that an entrepreneur enters a venture through a start-up model of business and tries to establish it, This is done while taking risks of bringing together the factors of production to address a cause and making a profit out of it at the same time.
ii. While an intrapreneur works with an existing organisation to pursue the exploitation of business opportunities, probably because the intrapreneur does not have the required business capital, infrastructure or clear direction.
CLASS ACTIVITy 1: The class should mention examples of people who operate as intrapreneurs within the local environment.
LESSON OUTLINE 2: CHARACTERISTICS AND BENEFITS OF INTRAPRENEURSHIP
a. Characteristics of an Intrapreneur.
i. Intrapreneurs are self-motivated, proactive and result-oriented people who take the initiative to pursue innovative products or services.
ii. They are able to resolve specific issues such as increasing productivity or cutting costs. This requires a high level of skills namely leadership skills and thinking outside the box; directly applicable to the assignment.
iii. An intrapreneur also takes risks and drives innovation within a business to better serve the market through increased products and services.
iv. A successful intrapreneur is comfortable being uncomfortable while testing his or her ideas until achieving the desired results.
v. He or she is also able to interpret trends in the marketplace and visualise how the company needs to evolve to stay ahead of its competitors.
vi. He or she conducts himself in a highly ethical manner putting his personal emotions aside and acts with objectivity by doing what is right.
vii. An intrapreneur recognises and encourages others for their involvement and contributions.
viii. Intrapreneurs are constant learners.
B. Benefits of Intrapreneurship
The benefits of being an intrapreneur are numerous to both the individual and the organisation.
i. Intrapreneurship creates an entrepreneurial environment by allowing employees to use their entrepreneurial skills for the benefit of both the company and the employees.
ii. Intrapreneurs are tasked with using the company’s resources, while entrepreneurs use their own.
iii. It gives employees the freedom to experiment, as well as the potential for growth within an organisation.
iv. Intrapreneurship fosters autonomy and independence while attempting to find the best resolution. For example, entrepreneurship may require an employee to research and recommend a more efficient workflow chart for a company’s brand within a target group or implement a way to benefit the company’s culture.
C. It is important for employers to recognise these employees. By not promoting entrepreneurship or recognising employees who demonstrate an entrepreneurial spirit can be detrimental to a brand or company.
D. Employers who encourage entrepreneurship stand to benefit because it leads to the success of the department or the company as a whole. This is because:
i. Keeping these employees can lead to innovation and growth.
ii. Companies that don’t promote them may lose intrapreneurs to other companies, or they may end up working for themselves.
SUMMARY: An intrapreneur is an entrepreneur within an organisation who is proactive and result oriented working for the benefits of both the organisation and himself.
CONCLUSION: Intrapreneurship is one step forward toward entrepreneurship. Intrapreneurs may use what they have learned as part of an organized team to create their own company and reap the benefits of their hard work rather than letting another organisation profit from their ideas.
EVALUATION: Teachers should ask students to mention the characteristics of an intrapreneur.
CLOSING PRAYER: Father, help me to put my skills to use as an entrepreneur.
ASSIGNMENT: Mention five (5) challenges of being an intrapreneur. (2X5=10Marks).
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