Stories from our Intrapreneurs
Featuring Joel Tyus
Senior Product Manager
Joel Tyus, a senior product manager at Evolution Digital, joined the inaugural class of the Intrapreneurship Academy in the fall of 2017. Having worked in the cable industry for nearly 10 years, Joel was looking forward to trying something he had never done before in his career: getting comfortable assessing and taking risks.
What was your biggest takeaway from IA?
Having to assess and talk about the potential risks and pitfalls of an independent project. That was something I hadn’t really done before. In the past, new ideas usually came from my leadership team, and there was almost a preexisting consensus going into new projects. But having to be the one to present something new, and assess all of the risks on my own and figure out who to go to, and what questions to ask - that was challenging, because I had never really done that before in my career.
How did your sponsor relationship impact your success in the class?
Having support along the way is key. My sponsor was my direct boss, and we made it a point to meet at least once a week, face-to-face, to discuss my project and touch base about what I was learning and how the class was going. My sponsor was really supportive. And Robyn [IA dean] was certainly there to support me as well during weekly calls.
What was your favorite part of the program?
Hearing from Innovation Laureates - industry experts who shared their stories and advice with the class on how to apply intrapreneurial skills at the workplace and in the industry. Gaining insight from some of the leaders in the cable industry is a powerful part of the program. Everyone who spoke genuinely wanted to impart his or her knowledge to us, which still inspires me. Hearing from all of the speakers really had a positive impact on my impression of the cable industry.
What advice do you have for future participants?
My advice for Intrapreneurs going through the program is to take more risks. If you can identify something that you think would be beneficial to you and the company, definitely jump in and take those risks. As long as you have a good basis for what you want to do, and you can explain the pros and cons, do it. That’s really something I have taken with me.