Entrepreneurs vs Janiteurs

Everyone has heard of the term entrepreneur. So let me introduce you to its arch rival – janiteur.

Now there is no such word as a janiteur. There is a word janitor but I think we should start taking account of the janiteurs in our world and particularly in our education, public and corporate organisations. Actually why single them out – janiteurs are everywhere.

A janiteur is the kind of person who says “ye cannae dae that”. You will have met them in your life. Sometimes they take the form of parents. Sometimes friends, colleagues and bosses. They are shape shifters but they are fundamentally negative people who, when pressed, can be massively innovative in stopping innovation.

The key features of janiteurs is that they are obsessed with processes. They are very reluctant to change and because of this they resist change.

At a recent, very engaging event on Intrapreneurship someone mentioned that the predominant culture in many organisations is janitorial. The focus being not on the vision but on the procedures. The tick boxes. The things you have to do or the world will collapse.

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Now do not get me wrong, janitors form a vital part of our society. They do lots of things nobody else will, they keep the wheels oiled – or they should. What they do not do is inspire and take people over the barricades. That is the role of entrepreneurs.

So start to ask this question “is your organisation janitorial or entrepreneurial?” Or perhaps Intrapreneurial?