Scaling from Team of 5 to 10, to 20+ When you’re first starting out, your entire team is close to the founders and everyone has a role that’s obvious and crucial to success. The organization is ‘flat’. You’ve avoided hiring the wrong talent. Then what happens? You grow, and “Unique Jobs are lost, Conformity is… Continue reading Scaling your Startup's Culture without Ruining it
What constitutes bad manager behavior? It looks like over the past 5 years, there has been somewhat consistent interest in this topic (see graph below)! “People quit their managers, not their companies.” That quote rings true to many, and as Jack Altman of Lattice notes: the manager relationship is highly correlated with employee engagement. A… Continue reading Bad Manager Behavior
With scandalous stories about the less than stellar culture at unicorn startups like Revolut, Uber, Theranos, Zenefits, etc, it has a lot of us thinking about how bad culture can really get, why, and how to ‘fix’ it. Nipping Bad Startup Culture in the Bud First of all, What is a Toxic Culture? Where the… Continue reading Toxic Beware: Bad Startup Culture
There is a great interview with Dr. Jody Foster on the knowledge@wharton podcast regarding workplace incivility. There is some focus on healthcare/Penn Medicine but the lessons can be applied to any industry. It also highlights the difficulties of changing a culture vs creating and nurturing one from scratch. The main takeaways: If you’re clear about… Continue reading Incivility in the Workplace
Giving feedback is hard – sometimes we don’t even know how to give positive feedback in the right way, and it becomes even harder with remote team members. In The Feedback Fallacy, Marcus Buckingham and Ashley Goodall tell us how we’ve been doing it wrong. The article is best accompanied by the podcast episode, What… Continue reading Giving Feedback the Right Way
In this post, Ozan Dagdeviren writes about how culture is just as important as product-market fit (well, 2nd most important 😉 ) The way he defines culture is simple and if you’re just getting started on the while topic, it’s worth a read. Your culture is how you recruit, acclimate new members, set goals, measure… Continue reading How to Build a Startup Culture
Going through a mass exodus at work or managed a whole team that quit on you? High employee turnover is demoralizing & can get expensive quickly.
Successful companies have one thing in common: their corporate culture revolves around strong values that engage, inspire, and motivate employees. A good company culture can drive business growth and increase profits. At the same time, it makes it easier to attract and retain top talent. While it’s true that each organization has a personality of its own… Continue reading Examples of Good Company Culture