Eight Easy Ways You Can Guide Your Business Culture

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Eight Easy Ways You Can Guide Your Business Culture

Eight Easy Ways You Can Guide Your Business Culture

Young Entrepreneur Council (YEC) is an invite-only organization comprised of the world’s most promising young entrepreneurs. These executives are leaders who have built their companies from the ground up – culture included. Eight of these entrepreneurs share how leaders can craft and enable business culture at their companies.

1. Lead by Example

Leaders need to lead by example. Set the tone for work rate, productivity, ideas, and ethics. The way you work will often be your expectations for the team and therefore set the culture of the company.

Peter Boyd, PaperStreet Web Design

2. Engage Your Team

There is absolutely nothing more important than having your team engaged. If your employees aren’t interested in the scope of their work, it will take forever to complete and will be poorly done. Make sure they are challenged and always learning.

Shawn Porat, Scorely

3. Get Personal

My job is to keep everyone at my company engaged and interested. If I have a team member who is constantly checked out, the best work won’t be getting done. I like to enable a positive business culture within my team by sharing personal stories about how I got to this position and the challenges I have faced along the way. This shows my employees my purpose and inspiration.

Bryanne Lawless, BLND Public Relations

4. Hire Based on Culture

You can train any number of skills, but you can’t train culture. You will always be fighting an uphill battle to change behaviors, but if you hire while thinking about that fit, enabling your culture will not be a task. Hiring people who share the culture will allow it to breed organically with some guidance.

Diego Orjuela, Cables & Sensors, LLC

5. Prioritize Diversity

Management’s task is to ascertain what stands between a team and its assigned goals, even if what stands in the way is the team’s own lack of cohesion. We like to start with diversity, rather than aim for a homogeneous group. That sends the signal to all that every individual is important. The team comes together when the goals are clear and everyone is contributing.

Brandon Stapper, 858 Graphics

6. Build Culture Through Self-Trust

Authentic business culture is all about trust, and trusting others begins with trusting yourself. Only by trusting ourselves do we have the courage to put forth new ideas and create fertile ground for innovation. Beyond that, trusting ourselves means that we are better listeners and more receptive to the ideas of those around us. The relationships that emerge are the bedrock of authentic culture.

Brian Lischer, Ignyte

7. Make Everyone a Culture Advocate

Especially as your team grows, you can’t be the only one responsible for spreading culture. That’s why I make every team member a cultural advocate. This is more than another task – it’s a fun way to keep the team connected and engaged. We do this by ensuring each hire is as passionate about our culture, and encouraging them to find new ways to spread it, even if it’s their first day here.

Elle Kaplan, LexION Capital

8. Be Involved at the Ground Level

Team culture should be an extension of the organization’s core values. Enabling culture is solely a byproduct of leading by example. A first step is to set examples and be involved in the lower and mid-level work to inspire employees. Be involved in the ground level implementation of strategies – not just planning – while working alongside each member of your team as equals.

Rakesh Soni, LoginRadius

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Emily Snell

Emily is a contributing marketing author at ChamberofCommerce.com where she regularly consults on content strategy and overall topic focus. Emily has spent the last 12 years helping hyper growth startups and well-known brands create content that positions products and services as the solution to a customer's problem.

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