company culture

Creating the Right Office Culture to Foster Innovation

by / ⠀Startup Advice / October 13, 2012

If you’ve ever wondered why the buzzword “innovation” is thrown around so often, it’s because its two biggest results – added value and the change that drives it – are so crucial to business growth. Innovation is the marshalling of resources to create breakthrough value; this process introduces value-driven change into relatively stable systems. Without these two cogs, companies are just spinning their wheels. Innovation isn’t found everywhere,…

Finding Similar Personalities for Your Company

by / ⠀Startup Advice / September 26, 2012

Like Lucy and Ricky, peanut butter and jelly, and Bert and Ernie, some things just go together – and it’s the same with business. The most successful companies are those with employees who “fit together” – a fit that includes an elusive blend of culture, personalities, and passion for the business. When recruiting, it’s important to seek out talented people who will contribute to this sense of cohesion.…

An MBA Caliber Education Outside of the Classroom: Building Good Company Culture

by / ⠀Startup Advice / August 27, 2012

In the last decade, the relative importance of company culture has shot up in value, due to findings that demonstrate that employee satisfaction leads to increased job performance. Not only do customer relations boom with increased morale, but the need for supervision decreases, which allows leadership to focus on making business decisions rather than on monitoring employee progress. This is all well and good, but the real question…

The Secrets of Creating a Powerful Company Culture

by / ⠀Startup Advice / July 20, 2012

I hate to break it to you, but here’s the scoop: Just about any business advantage that you pride yourself on can be copied by a competitor. The only question is when your competitors are going to get around to it. The culture of your company is the exception to this rule. Strong company cultures are overwhelmingly knockoff-resistant. At Apple, insiders such as former Senior Vice President Jay…

Ridiculous Ways to Improve Your Company Culture

by / ⠀Startup Advice / May 28, 2012

What do Fox’s The New Girl and professional wrestling have in common? This isn’t a trick question – they have absolutely nothing in common, except that they’ve both recently influenced ways that I have improved my company’s culture. This may sound a little ridiculous, but it makes more sense than it would appear on the surface. Many office cultures are negatively impacted by employees making comments that either…

Why Our Company Culture is Like High School

by / ⠀Startup Advice / April 29, 2012

Remember in high school when you thought, “I’m never going to use anything I learn here in the real world?” You – and I – were wrong. I use things I learned in high school every single day at work; it’s not necessarily insight I gained in textbooks, but what I absorbed from the culture of my alma mater. It’s helped shape how we run our company, and…

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