Big News: FounderDating is joining OneVest to build the largest community for entrepreneurs. Details here
Latest Notifications
You have no recent recommendations.
Name
Title
 
MiniBio
FOLLOW
Title
 Followers
FOLLOW TOPIC

Question goes here

1,300 Followers

  • Name
    Entrepreneur
  • Name
    Entrepreneur
  • Name
    Entrepreneur
  • Name
    Entrepreneur
  • Name
    Entrepreneur
  • Name
    Entrepreneur
  • Name
    Entrepreneur
  • Name
    Entrepreneur

How do you know when company culture is so bad it's time to start fresh?

This guy started over after 18 months. http://founderdating.com/why-culture-should-be-your-central-focus/

2 Replies

Michael Barnathan
2
0
Michael Barnathan Entrepreneur • Advisor
Co-Founder of The Mountaintop Program, Google Alum
First thing to do is define bad culture. I would argue that a bad culture is one which prevents you from shipping products, shipping products that people want, or demoralizing the people who need to work as a team to ship those products.

Having tried to reform a dysfunctional culture and giving up after a while (because it was ultimately coming from the CEO and no one else had the formal or informal authority to change it), triggering events which caused me to move on were:

1. More time spent arguing over what the product should contain than would take to just build it and start over
2. Targeting a market despite already knowing that it was too small, based on inertia and political infighting
3. An office culture that values the appearance of productivity over actual productivity

Large companies can afford this more than small ones because they aren't bound by an immediate need to ship or die. But in a startup, anything that prevents you from either iterating on a product or raising funds is a warning sign, because you're on a runway and need to get airborne by the time you hit the end of it.
Becca Ordonez
0
0
Becca Ordonez Entrepreneur
Founder at Mustered

According toTribal Leadership, you need to create the culture you want and people are either going to self-select to be a part of that or they will leave. Sometimes you need to ask people to go. You can figure out the stage of your company culture through this quiz:http://www.culturesync.net/toolbox/culturemeter-survey/

Join FounderDating to participate in the discussion
Nothing gets posted to LinkedIn and your information will not be shared.

Just a few more details please.

DO: Start a discussion, share a resource, or ask a question related to entrepreneurship.
DON'T: Post about prohibited topics such as recruiting, cofounder wanted, check out my product
or feedback on the FD site (you can send this to us directly info@founderdating.com).
See the Community Code of Conduct for more details.

Title

Give your question or discussion topic a great title, make it catchy and succinct.

Details

Make sure what you're about to say is specific and relevant - you'll get better responses.

Topics

Tag your discussion so you get more relevant responses.

Question goes here

1,300 Followers

  • Name
    Details
  • Name
    Details
  • Name
    Details
  • Name
    Details
  • Name
    Details
  • Name
    Details
  • Name
    Details
  • Name
    Details
Know someone who should answer this question? Enter their email below
Stay current and follow these discussion topics?