I’ve been a little concerned lately with the turnover of people in our new company. We’ve experienced a number of people starting with us and within a few weeks – or even days! – a resignation lands in my inbox. Being highly tuned to my people is important, so the latest emigration of staff enticed me to probe. The glaring question: is there something wrong with our culture or working environment?
I was fortunate enough at an early stage in my career to find myself at an industry event, sitting next to a very well-known psychoanalyst. Turns out that we hit it off: I got to know him well, and likewise, he got to know and analyse me very well. As a business coach to prominent business men, he finally blurted out “Guy, I have to tell you – you don’t think strategically at all”. While I can take a blow, I must admit that this came as a surprise to me; that is, until I learned exactly what is meant by strategic thinking.
I recently had the honour of being part of the Nedbank It’s my Biz campaign and had the delight of being selected to join them on the Pietermaritzburg leg of their Simply Biz seminar. The seminars are attended by a bunch of enthusiastic entrepreneurs who are eager to succeed and eager to learn. As an entrepreneur myself, I was eager too; sharing my journey and things I’ve learned along the way was an absolute pleasure. I realised that I love having my brain picked and it’s important for any entrepreneur, young or old, to have a mentor or someone to learn from.
Many business and entrepreneur experts pound into our heads the idea that a new business or a start-up needs to establish its company culture from the outset, entrenching vision and mission statements and company culture into any new team member who joins. According to some, organisational culture is a set of shared mental assumptions that guide interpretation and action by defining appropriate behaviour for various situations. Easier said than done!