One of the key challenges that face any business owner is how to build a business that is independent of themselves. In other words, how can they build a business that isn’t reliant on them being there every day to solve challenges or put out fires.
Obviously sound systems and intelligent internal controls are two major ingredients to build a company that is independent of the founder.
But what happens when novel situations come up that you don’t have a system to detail out how you want your team to respond?
This is where your company’s culture can save the day.
Your company’s culture is the sum total of the absorbed values and unstated “way we do things around here.” If it is built wisely, it will help your team handle novel situations that you have no system to outline. One way to think about culture is it is the invisible hand that shapes your team’s behaviors when no one is looking.
Here are 6 tips to help you and your leadership team establish and reinforce your company culture.
You get the idea – reinforce key behaviors that you want other people to internalize.
There you have 6 suggestions to make culture real in your company. Is it easy? No. But it is worthwhile.
Remember, culture is what empowers your team to deal with novel situations that your systems and controls just don’t cover.
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