If Team and Culture Matter Most for startup success, then what do founders need to know about creating great cultures that will continue to be great?
As an advisor to many founders -- from early-stage startups to late-stage multi-billion$ companies -- I have seen a pattern emerge. This pattern becomes very clear when founders start talking about how to preserve a particular culture when change starts to stress the organization.
The changes that stress the culture and pose new problems for founders include:
Last week, Doris Kearns Goodwin, the world’s foremost scholar of Presidential leadership, spoke at Salesforce. She delineated the qualities that make great leaders, while keeping a room of 1300 raucous salespeople riveted with tales from 19th and 20th Century history. While she drew mostly from examples of Abraham Lincoln, Teddy Roosevelt, and FDR, see if these qualities translate to business as well.
Here is what I took away:
1. Conquer the self and become stronger through adversity