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5 Key Questions to Gauge the Culture in Your Startup
Many investors will assert that company culture trumps strategy every time, in predicting the long-term success of a new startup. Obviously, both are important, so it behooves every entrepreneur to start early in setting the right tone for his own company, and every new team member should be gauging both of these relative to their own interests, prior to signing on.
What is a company culture, anyway? Probably the best definition is the oft-quoted view that culture is simply “the way we do things around here.” It’s always amazing to me how different that can be between two companies in essentially the same business. There is no ultimate right or wrong in a culture, but there are attributes that will be right or wrong for you, or your investors.
I saw some good insights on these in a new book by Eric C. Sinoway, “Howard’s Gift: Uncommon Wisdom to Inspire Your Life’s Work,” which highlights the wisdom of Professor Howard Stevenson and his years of training entrepreneurs at the Harvard Business School. Howard suggests that company culture can be accurately assessed through the following five questions:
Is everyone singing the same hymn? Ask several people on the team for their purpose, values, and strategic goals. If you get disparate answers, or generic job descriptions, the culture is fragmented at best. The result is that everyone pulls in a slightly different direction. This indicates a lack of communication or leadership.
How do the leaders lead? Check for indications that leader actions match their words. Otherwise there is likely a disconnect between what is said to be important and the ‘informal rules’ made clear through leaders’ actions and decisions. The result is dysfunctional or non-credible leadership, which creates a bad culture.
Are You Using Your Gift At Work?
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