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For the long-term viability of any enterprise you needed a viable corporate culture. It, too, has to be long-term. So, cultivate good people and keep them. Work with honest and competent business managers and give them a long-term commitment and support. From these modest principles, an empire can rise.
Here are eight rules for creating the right conditions for a culture that reflects your creed:
1. Hire the right people
Hire for passion and commitment first, experience second, and credentials third. There is no shortage of impressive CVs out there, but you should try to find people who are interested in the same things you are. You don’t want to be simply a stepping stone on an employee’s journey toward his or her own (very different) passion. Asking the right questions is key: What do you love about your chosen career? What inspires you? What courses in school did you dread? You want to get a sense of what the potential employee believes.
Once you have the right people, you need to sit down regularly with them and discuss what is going well and what isn’t. It’s critical to take note of your victories, but it’s just as important to analyze your losses. A fertile culture is one that recognizes when things don’t work and adjusts to rectify the problem. As well, people need to feel safe and trusted, to understand that they can speak freely without fear of repercussion.
The art of communication tends to put the stress on talking, but listening is equally important. Great cultures grow around people who listen, not just to each other or to their clients and stakeholders. It’s also important to listen to what’s happening outside your walls. What is the market saying? What is the zeitgeist? What developments, trends, and calamities are going on?
It’s been a long time since I last updated my blog. There are of course many various reasons for this. However, they depend mostly on two major reasons; the first reason is me taking on a challenging assignment in Shanghai (China) for a couple of months, and the second reason is me taking on the very exciting responsibility to start up the new Softhouse office in Gothenburg area, Sweden. I am amazed myself on how much I have learned and experienced during this past year – I will love to share it all!
First thing I would like to share is my insights within the area of motivation, and in short; What motivates us? I have been thinking, figuring, debating, discussing and reflecting over this for quite some time. How is it that highly sophisticated skilled people work for free and yet without getting payed for their product and contribution (i.e. Wikipedia, Linux, Apache etc)? What keeps those people motivated? What keeps all of us motivated? Is money the only motivator? What different motivators are there? Which ones are most important? Finally I think I found the answer to those questions in a very interesting video clip by Dan Pink on “What motivates us”. According to this discussion our motivators are; Autonomy, Mastery and Purpose drives and motivates us!
Please invest 11 minutes of your time to watch this informative and eye-opening clip!Read More