In college I studied entrepreneurship. Some hiring heads would occasionally rumor that companies would look down upon an entrepreneurship major; they'd see it as a threat or immediately put you into the "will-leave-quickly" category. That logic always struck me as funny and short-sighted. Why would you not want employees who, to be cliche, think outside the box and are willing to take a few risks to make something better?
Here's a company
that not only challenges employees to be innovative and entrepreneurial but puts them in an Incubator to help get them started (okay, not literally). CIK Entreprises, an Indianapolis holding company, has a 12-month program geared towards building new leaders. The lucky learners are nominated by managers (no more than 10% of the companies 80 employees can participate at once). Their education = combination of reading + executive presentations + hands-on experiences.
Book choices include The E-Myth
and The Five Dysfunctions of a Team
**More in the March 2007 Inc. article.