Sometimes culture in entrepreneurship environments falls to the waist side to productivity, growth, and profit to meet your organizations goals. Culture is an immeasurable thing that holds all the pieces of your organization together. If you talk to almost any Silicone Valley executive, they will all have different opinions about how to evolve a company’s culture, but one thing they will all agree on is that a solid culture cultivates an organizations success.
Leaders provide direction, successful leaders maintain progress, visionaries, authoritarian, and are influential. Yeas those are the traits that most good and successful leaders have. So ask yourself, what do non-leaders do? Not nothing, because if you are doing nothing, you are actually still doing something, it’s nothing. A non-leader is somebody that may not have influence on the people around them in the workplace, because you can still #GSD and not lead those around you.
Being a leader means having the capacity to lead, inspire, and instill commitment in those around them. Take a minute to think about all the times you are a leader throughout your day. Who do you inspire? How do you lead? Is it by your ability to connect with the person? Is it your commitment to first focus on change in yourself before you are able to establish change in others?
How is your self-care as an entrepreneur?
Self-care can be particularly tricky for some entrepreneurs, since most entrepreneurs tend to juggle a variety of hats. The most important hat an entrepreneur wears is the self-care hat, and that one tends to be ignored on a regular basis. Self-care is defined in the dictionary as taking care of one self without medical assistance. I look at self-care as taking care of you beyond the regular exercise and healthy eating.
“Expect the unexpected because the unexpected should be expected” when operating in an entrepreneurial environment. An entrepreneur will have success when they have a proper growth management strategy set in place. Growth management when properly implemented helps alleviate pressures that early stage startups encounter.
Communicating in the 21st century has unique challenges. If you want to become a successful entrepreneur, your success is dependent on how well you communicate. Communicating occurs with more than your employees, you want to be able to communicate across all channels in your entrepreneurial bubble. The channels I am talking about typically happen in two ways: verbal communication and written communication. Both types are not innate behaviors, they are learned behaviors that we hope to evolve over time in our professional careers. Entrepreneurs need to be able to communicate effectively with customers and clients, social networks, employees, manufacturers, distributors, and any other group that has impact on your company’s success.
Have you ever thought to yourself why communicating effectively can sometimes be difficult within a work environment?
It’s because we have emotions, are human, and we are not perfect!
What does strategy have to do with diagonal thinking?
Strategy should be your mindset with every decision. Strategy is the plan of action you set in place to solve the problem. If you have a strategy, diagonal thinking is your vehicle to solve it successfully. Diagonal thinking comes into the picture when traditional approaches don’t work. What if you are challenged with a deeper rooted problem solving situation at work? What if the situation requires thinking in the box but not using rows and columns, rather a diagonal approach? Continue reading