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How to establish culture in startups [with a workable template]

August 30, 2012 Leave a comment

I am in the process of getting my next venture up and have been talking to people to join me as founding members. Most of them are just not interested, even to explore. The one’s who are interested are either not a skillwise-fit, or want to do it as consultancy or just as a help. The one’s who are really interested, have their own set of nuances, like each one of us does (even I do). The question that confronts me is – should I put up with their nuances and work with them?

My answer to myself is : yes and no

Yes, on the personal side of things. It should not matter to me how the person handles his personal life and I should either accept it or keep no personal connection with him. The latter is hard when you are just two people on a boat. So I should just let his personal life be. e.g. if he eats with two hands and his mouth chomping the food like a cow, just let it be.

No, on the business side of things. I should not let any of his (or mine) nuances play foul with the business.

The way I have done it is, write the DNA/basic-principles/guidelines/values for the company. Each person who shall work for the company should either align with the values of the company or be left out (or fired like a liability if required be).

While writing the values document for my own venture, I thought that it might be useful for others too and decided to contribute it to pluggd.in – “India’s Largest Platform for entrepreneurs and Small Businesses” along with a workable template.

You can find the post here

The template can be found here.

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