THE MYTHS & EXCUSES AROUND START UP CULTURE
“WE CAN’T BE ENTREPRENEURIAL IN OUR COMPANY BECAUSE…
…THEY WON’T ALLOW US”
…WE HAVE ESTABLISHED SYSTEMS AND PROCESSES”
…ITS NOT IN OUR CULTURE”
… WE ARE IN A HEAVILY REGULATED INDUSTRY ”
…OUR WORKLOAD IS TOO HEAVY”
…ITS NOT A PRIORITY RIGHT NOW”
…WE CAN’T TAKE RISKS”
I’ve heard these excuses time and time again in organisations and I bet you have too.
They stem from a few myths.
Myth #1: Entrepreneurial behaviour, isn’t for employees, it’s for the “special” “creative” types. That’s false. Anyone can be entrepreneurial. Until now, only entrepreneurs behaved that way because the uncertainty of their environment forced them to. But now big organisations operate with just as much uncertainty and require just as much innovation to survive. So the new environment will ‘force’ employees activate their innate entrepreneurial behaviours too.
Myth #2: Company’s culture can’t be changed. False too. A company’s culture is not static. It’s the sum total of individual behaviours and automatic ways of doing things which over time have become the muscle memory of the organization. All it takes is to uproot these old calcified behaviours is to replace them with new ones. One person, one team at a time. And that’s how culture changes.