How Workplace Design Helps Business Agility

When I think of agility, I think of entrepreneurs responding quickly and deftly to marketplace conditions. I think of entrepreneurs bringing new products to market or modifying existing ones. I think about entrepreneurs targeting new markets, expandi [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 October 20th, 2015|Productivity, Startup Culture, Workplace Design|

Personality: 4 Reasons it Matters to Entrepreneurs

It's not just Silicon Valley and the Big Apple feeling the squeeze. Burgeoning, up-and-coming markets pinched between coasts sense the tide rising, sending founders and execs from across the country scrambling to edge out the competition waiting to s [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 October 8th, 2015|Startup Culture|

Power Up Your Business By Focusing on ‘Why’

Focusing on “Why” your company does what it does powers up your passion and your business. Inspirational leaders understand this. Steve Jobs, Martin Luther King and the Wright brothers all started with why, according to Simon Sinek, an ethnographer a [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 September 17th, 2015|Startup Culture|

6 Must-Have Personality Traits for an Entrepreneur

Entrepreneurs solve problems by creating new products or new ways of doing things. It takes a very special person to do this well—one with very specific personality traits. Based on personal observations and interviews, I’ve come up with six must-hav [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 September 11th, 2015|Startup Culture|

How to Bring Personality and Authenticity to the Office

As we've mentioned in previous posts about recent turnstone research, entrepreneurs everywhere are striving to bring personality and authenticity to the office. They know that celebrating individuality is key to attracting and retaining talent, and r [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:48+00:00 September 9th, 2015|Startup Culture|

How Starting with “Why?” Leads Entrepreneurs to Success

Why are some companies more innovative, more profitable, and inspire greater loyalty from customers and employees alike? It’s because they start by asking “why,” according to Simon Sinek, an ethnographer, author of Start With Why: How Great Leaders I [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:49+00:00 August 31st, 2015|Startup Culture|

BOX Studios Talks Office Culture and the Road to Success

I recently had the pleasure of meeting Ferdinand Dimailig, Principal of BOX Studios Chicago, at their new downtown office location. With close to 25 years of experience and as co-leader of a rapidly expanding studio, he knows a thing or two about off [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:49+00:00 August 25th, 2015|Startup Culture|

Agile Mindset Sets Entrepreneurs Apart From C-Suite Execs

The agile mindset of entrepreneurs and their ability to learn and pivot quickly gives them a leadership edge over corporate executives. According to The Korn Ferry Institute, there are three main attributes associated with agile learning: tolerance o [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:49+00:00 August 11th, 2015|Startup Culture|

How to Activate Startup Culture in Your Workplace

Companies large and small are waking up to the fact that culture matters. Founders, entrepreneurs, and intrapreneurs, the innovative teams within large organizations, are on a mission to create exciting, authentic environments that communicate a sens [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:49+00:00 August 5th, 2015|Startup Culture|

How Optimism Will Make You a More Successful Entrepreneur

Are entrepreneurs biased? Swedish researchers think so. And I’m not talking about gender, race or religion. I’m talking about a predisposition to seeing the economy (production and consumption of goods and services) more optimistically than others. E [...]

By | 2016-12-01T19:13:50+00:00 July 16th, 2015|Startup Culture|