I’m Ready to Get Creative With My Business. Now Where Do I Start?

CO.STARTERS

As she explained, it’s imperative to reach a place of calm before you shoot for creativity. But how do you actually make creativity happen in order to solve your problems—and ultimately, your customer’s? We need to be more creative, not more restrained.

Culture Eats Strategy for Breakfast

Entrepreneurs' Organization

While commendable, this effort to invest in strategy doesn’t work unless the company also focuses on culture. After culture eats breakfast, it continues to chomp its way through strategy for lunch and dinner, too! Organizational culture is intangible; as such, it can be difficult to influence. If the current culture of your organization is not aligned with your strategy, I suggest you take a hard look at how to make some tweaks and clean up your house.

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Building an Entrepreneurial Culture

TechStars

I recently participated in a webcast hosted by SHRM on “Three Strategies for Building an Entrepreneurial Culture: Learn how to attract, manage, and build entrepreneurial talent.” But the part that stayed with me most is the consensus he found around what kind of culture everyone there—including him—immediately knew that they wanted to build: one where people can do great work, where they can have a life outside of work, where they feel valued and their work matters.

Why Creative Leadership is Necessary for a Virtual Environment

Smart Hustle Magazine

However, creative leadership can bring the best out of leaders and teams during these hard times. During his early years of working remotely, he noticed the importance of encouraging creativity in teams. But how can you encourage creative leadership in your team?

From Zero to Tech: Growing Startup Culture in Bhutan

TechStars

What role does startup culture play in a country that measures success via Gross National Happiness rather than Gross Domestic Product? . This is the remarkable story of a country building a startup culture from the ground up. “If Bhutan is ever to escape the economic lethargy largely attributed to our size and our geographical disposition, it must do so on the success and vitality of creative free enterprise. Growing startup culture across the nation?

Thinking About Berlin: Unleashing a Creative Opportunity

This is going to be BIG.

I've spent the last few days touring the city and researching the startup culture here and I'm impressed on both fronts. There are a ton of fantastically creative people here. How much longer will the opportunity to clone startups for other cultures and countries last when we become more and more connected everyday? On Saturday morning, I stepped onto continental Europe for the first time in just over 20 years.

Does your company culture encourage employee curiosity?

Berkonomics

As usual, culture comes from the top. It is an opportunity that is open to any CEO to encourage creative thinking, problem solving, product creation, efficiency-creation among the troops. It’s more common than you think.

How a Fashion Brand in Honduras Is Preserving the Country’s Traditional Culture

Young Leaders of the Americas Initiative

Rafael, a 2018 YLAI Fellow and an entrepreneur in Honduras, saw years later a need for his skills in the country’s cultural heritage sector. “My I wanted to provide her with the tools and resources she needed to express her creativity and to provide for her family.”. Today Rafael is working with Xiomara and other artisans to market their products, all the while preserving traditional Honduran culture. We are a mix of Spanish, Indian, black and Mayan culture.”.

The Four Tenets of Conscious Capitalism

Entrepreneurs' Organization

The caring culture he developed also points to his genuine concern for stakeholders. Caring culture. Conscious capitalism contributes to a culture of trust, care and cooperation among the company’s employees and all other stakeholders. Contributed to EO by Kent Gregoire.

Develop a culture of curiosity.

Berkonomics

It is an opportunity that is open to any CEO to encourage creative thinking, problem solving, product creation, efficiency-creation among the troops. Rewards don’t have to be financial, but certainly, when the gains are measured in dollars, that seems appropriate when the new development is not just a part of the job specification for a creative employee with a great idea.

Startup Culture Rot

This is going to be BIG.

You''re just not actively managing the culture because you''re busy doing other things. Great cultures have values that everyone can be a part of--and these values need to be built in to everyday life at your company, no matter how small it is. The best professionals want to work in places that care about culture and values--because they know actively managing that has second order effects. God forbid a negative cultural reputation gets out in the market.

Top Detroit Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2021

StartupNation

Their culture is flexible and collaborative, making it a top Detroit startup to work at, and they’re constantly innovating and helping small businesses find the banking tools they need. They offer multiple templates and design tools to make creative work accessible to anyone.

The tension between predictability and creativity

Tomasz Tunguz

At first blush I thought it was a trivial semantic difference, a New York-ism, but over time I’ve come to realize this word choice marks a significant difference that manifests itself in culture, product and go to market. On the other hand, the word startup feels exploratory and casual and evokes images of tshirts, jeans, hacking, electric scooters, experimentation - a culture and brand image startups have actively cultivated.

The New Non-Work Schedule for an Energetic Life

GAN

Taking a quick amount of time away from my family and work allows me to think creatively about both. Company Culture balance calendar culture mental health rest rhythms rules schedule tired wellness work

A Very Unusual Book about Startup Culture

Tomasz Tunguz

He started initially in the creative department imagining greeting cards and ultimately found himself with the title Creative Paradox. In his book, he described the way he injected creativity into his working life. Creativity is another important topic Gordon explores. But, it’s important for companies to revert back to nonlinear thinking often; that’s how creativity is born.

The Right Kind of Time Off

GAN

It hurts creativity. A study by researchers at the University of California Santa Barabara found that unless we rest our minds for defined periods of time, we won’t be able to think and process as creatively as we would if we give our minds a break. Time Off and Our Mental Health.

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4 Startup Myths That Hold Innovation Back (and How to Overcome Them)

StartupNation

On the other hand, startup founders who fall into the majority can increase creativity and innovation by diversifying their workforce, and doing so as early as possible. Diverse startups are the key to innovation, creative thinking and growth, which is now more critical than ever before.

Top Ann Arbor Startups and Tech Companies to Watch in 2021

StartupNation

Duo has a culture centered around inclusion and belonging. They play an important role in helping Atomic Object live out its values and foster a great company culture. The founder, Daniel Young, is working hard to cultivate a culture of inclusion and openness.

A Coronavirus Job Description

GAN

” The best way I’ve found to creatively remain relevant is to design a new “Coronavirus Job Description” for myself. I hope you can use my description as a guide for your own creative process to remain relevant and helpful. The Industry accelerator ceo company culture coronavirus guide investment job leadership roadmap success support

The Duo Blueprint: How Ann Arbor’s Duo Security is Changing the Midwest Startup Scene

StartupNation

Duo’s creative director is also an advisor at Blumira. The fact that so many people have put in many years at the company and then progressed in their careers speaks volumes about a culture centered on learning and empowerment that Duo Security fosters for its employees. “I Related: Bamboo Detroit Co-Founder Shares Tips for Creating an Inspiring Shared Work Culture. The culture of Michigan is exported in such a big way around the world.”.

Data-Driven Hope

GAN

Without any toilet paper, it’s time to get creative. The Industry coronavirus covid-19 culture data family health hope mental health remote startup success work worldStaying Mentally and Emotionally Healthy in the Midst of COVID-19. This is an interesting time.

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The Most Successful Startup Teams are Curious

GAN

Encourages more innovation and promotes positive changes in both creative and noncreative jobs. The Industry curiosity gan partners leadership partner summit startup cultureA couple of weeks ago, I found myself in a conversation about startup newsletters with some of GAN’s corporate partners during our yearly Partner Summit. We’d been chatting about newsletters we loved when I went a bit negative and opened up about a newsletter I had a lot of judgments around.

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Ecosystem Builder Hub

Because it’s an opportunity to remind them how intelligent, creative and knowledgeable they are. Collaborative Culture Ecosystem Development Event Original Content Resources Social Change Anika Horn Social Venturers

How Startups Can Successfully Turn Their Existing Product into a New Offering

StartupNation

While companies across the globe were forced to lay off staff and cut expenditures when the crisis hit, many missed an opportunity to creatively augment or repurpose their existing offerings to serve a new audience and solve a new problem.

How to Avoid Burnout as an Entrepreneur

StartupNation

It’s important to take breaks throughout the day to move around and refresh—just a five-minute walk can improve your mental health and boost creativity. As we’ve established, time off is crucial for recharging your batteries and stoking creative fires.

Startup Community Engagement During Covid

Ecosystem Builder Hub

While some have scaled back significantly and are focusing their energies elsewhere, others have been very creative and resourceful, pivoting and standing up new programs to connect and engage the startup community.

Kickstarter Lights On

A VC: Musings of a VC in NYC

Music venues, movie theaters, art galleries, restaurants, performance spaces, maker spaces, conferences, festivals, and bookshops are the places we hang out in, enjoy each other, and and connect to art and culture.

What is a Starter?

CO.STARTERS

In many ways, this kind of tech entrepreneur is the new rockstar for our culture. While these individuals are living out the textbook definition of entrepreneurship, the cultural persona of the entrepreneur does not feel accessible or relatable to them.

Why Emmy Award-winning documentarians focused their lens on 5 GSEA student entrepreneurs

Entrepreneurs' Organization

We wanted to tell a story of people from all different parts of the world, with different upbringing, backgrounds, and cultures. The creativity of all the students, the diversity of their business ideas, and the number of countries represented made GSEA the right choice for us.”.

Navigating the Stages of Community Growth

CO.STARTERS

Entrepreneurial culture is changing. Despite suffering significant economic loss which spawns a culture of grim survival, a growing number of communities are beginning to break free of the past in an unexpected comeback. Taking local institutional leaders by surprise, rapid economic and cultural transformation is occurring in unlikely places, often led by strange grassroots groups of creatives and non-traditional entrepreneurs.

#OWS 2: Hubris in the face of risk and a culture of entitlement

Fred Destin

As you know like you, I too left mainstream finance for the startup world and although it's a gross oversimplification / generalization but I would posit that the single biggest difference between the two worlds is hubris in the face of risk and a culture of entitlement. Ambition, energy levels, creativity, intelligence, egos, etc. all abound in both worlds, but hubris and a culture of entitlement are largely missing from the entrepreneurial genome.

Bourdain On Writing

Haystack

Creative workshops, creative writing classes? BOURDAIN : I had done a writer’s workshop with Gordon Lish, the notorious creative writing teacher, at one point many years earlier. Career CultureI’ve been listening to lots of old Bourdain interviews and episodes. This re-run of a 2016 Fresh Air interview caught my ear, specifically the excerpt below.

The Key to Finding Solutions is Making Mistakes

CO.STARTERS

You are at your most creative when you are calm. And creativity is absolutely essential —you’re going to need new ways to solve your business problems. Jose loves the creative approach CO.STARTERS uses to help individuals and communities thrive through entrepreneurship.

Response To A Thought-Provoking Tweetstorm

Haystack

Don’t ignore videos & creative applications [link] …. I think videos and creative elements can be used effectively *alongside* simple but formal pitch materials — which signals a seriousness about one’s intent. Career CultureA stranger (hopefully a future friend, Pietro Invernizzi ) on Twitter tagged me as part of his tweetstorm earlier today about his hope for how VCs and founders should interact around and during a pitch.

CO.STARTERS is a Small Business Too: Part I

CO.STARTERS

Be creative!” Take some deep breaths—lure yourself into a state of calm and creativity. . Jose loves the creative approach CO.STARTERS uses to help individuals and communities thrive through entrepreneurship. What we’re doing as a small business to survive the pandemic.

The need for diversity and inclusion remains

Entrepreneurs' Organization

It encourages innovation, creativity and a sense of belonging and purpose. We have a work culture that embraces diversity and promotes equality.” ” She explains, “Culture may seem amorphous and vague, but to us, it means concrete actions.

CO.STARTERS is a Small Business Too: Part II

CO.STARTERS

Don’t shoot for creativity until you complete this important step. We also launched a two-hour workshop, called Refocus, that helps business owners who feel stuck walk through a creative process to rethink their business model.