The needs of an entrepreneur
“Success requires specific ‘startup leadership’ skills that change quickly, stage by rocky stage.” – Derek LidowWhen does the culture form? During the stage of building a product and finding real customers, the culture should emphasise on group work and ad hoc resolutions. The horizon for the leader at this stage should be as long as necessary to make a product that fits the market. Who can influence a culture? The owner is the personality of the organisation. While there’s a culture made up by the whole team, it’s drawn from the personality of the founder. All start-ups will start to take on the leader’s strengths and weaknesses, and even show, for better or worse, her energy. What happens in the next stage? The next developmental and cultural stage is about building usage among customers to have a bit of stability in addition to the establishment of processes that happen every day. The leader’s role shifts to hiring and then delegating more. Some of the employees are starting to specialise and take more responsibility. I have had most fun starting up companies and enjoying the busy culture that accompanies it. It might get increasingly satisfying to get to 'run' a company smoothly. Have you ever experienced the transformation between stages of development and the culture that follows it?