Making obsolete does not mean not doing your job well and getting kicked out of the role.
Instead, it is about doing your job very well, improvising it to the point that when you are leaving it, the organization is well-positioned and performing better than you took over initially.
It is also about setting up processes and methods where none or few existed that the situation went from chaotic or just OK to be remarkable. Do not confuse this with being a perfectionist.
As an Intrapreneur, you can only control what you can when you are there. But you are not going to be in one role forever.
Do your best to move things in the right direction, get your second line ready, and when it is time to leave, leave for the right reasons. That is by growing too big for your role or growing to a point where doing something new is the way you can contribute further.
Typically, this timeframe is between 2 – 3 years, though there are times when I transitioned to someone in my team at the end of 10 months, as I found my lead was ready to take over from me.
October 19, 2020