One mistake I’ve seen entrepreneurs, and leaders of established businesses, make is to adopt practices from other companies without thinking through how those practices fit withing their existing strategy and culture.
How do you develop an organizational culture? It starts with practicing what you preach on a day to day basis; your values and beliefs. And you have to do that consistently, not every once in a while.
Benchmarking is stupid. The only reason I recommend benchmarking, analyzing another company, is to learn what not to do. But most organizations don’t think this way. They analyze and copy what competitors do without a worry about whether their practices will work for them or not; including culture.
Startups boast about their culture, but most of the time they can’t even explain why it’s special. Culture is not about perks, it’s about why and how you do what you do and how that happens in the day to day; culture is about connecting the 3 P’s: purpose, people and processes.
When I was 3 – 4 years old my love for Disney started. I had seen the movies but everything changed the moment I set foot in Disneyland. I still get excited even though I’ve been to Disneyland a bunch of times. That excitement made me very curious about how they execute at such a huge scale.
Languages are dying. A full 96% of the world’s 6,000+ languages appear to be dead when it comes to use on cell phones, laptops, and tablets, meaning that the Internet could be to languages what a certain comet was to the dinosaurs. At Oddee you can find fun facts about different languages. Language connects us all, and it is one of the most interesting areas you can study.
Is the internet to blame?