What exactly is a business “culture”, and why is it important? 

Many entrepreneurs know the challenges of getting a startup off the ground all too well.   One of the buzzwords many founders discuss during this process is “culture”.  So what exactly is the “culture” of a business?  The way we think of it, a culture is a direct reflection of the values that a business holds important and how employees uphold those values in their day to day work environment.   So - why is understanding your culture so important?  The truth is, the type of culture you create will directly impact the success of your business.  If your employees understand your vision and goals, they will be actively engaged and keep the values you have set for your business close to everything they do.  When they are actively interested in the well being of the business, they will be more likely to show you results.   

Once you identify the type of culture you want to create, there are a few key steps you can take with the help of DevvelopU to reinforce your ideas:

Communicate clear expectations. (Cascade goals directly to your team members so they are clear on what their priorities should be).

Make sure employees understand the goals for your business. (Keep the communication open by having regular check-ins with your team).

Provide them the resources they need to do their jobs successfully.  (Encourage them to engage in team work, sharing ideas, and provide them with support and motivation).

Hold them accountable .  (Easily monitor their progress and manage their performance).  

DevvelopU will give any founder the tools to manage their teams,  hold them accountable, and support the culture they envision for their business to be successful.

How Trusting Yourself and Others Equates to Success 

Trust is a key component to any successful relationship in life.   When we’re growing up, we learn about trust from our parents or guardians.  It’s the basis of how we feel supported and safe.  Think about your relationship with your spouse or significant other - it wouldn’t be very strong if you didn't have trust.  Friendships are built on trust.  Communities are built on some aspect of trust.   And yet, so many of us have a complicated relationship with “trust” itself.   

Why is it so hard to trust?  From my perspective, the older I get, the harder it is to put trust into anything.  And the reason it’s hard is because it’s scary thinking about all the ways that trust has come back to bite you in the past.  Sometimes it feels easier to just say “no” to trusting anything, to prevent wounds in the future.   But, what I’ve come to realize is when we say “no” to trust, we’re still hurting ourselves by closing doors to opportunities, relationships, or experiences that could help us grow.  

When you think about it, goal setting has a lot to do with trust.  It requires trust between you and those who you seek feedback from in your community.  It requires trust between mentors and men-tee's.  And most importantly, it requires you to trust yourself—to do the right thing, to hold yourself accountable, and to believe that the goals you have will help you develop into the best version of yourself.   

If we want to achieve more in our lives, we have to learn to trust.  It’s essential to our personal growth and development.  The more trust we put into ourselves and others, the more opportunity and success we’ll find.  


Don’t Quit: Creating Willpower to Finish What You Start

Sometimes, you just feel stuck.  Getting discouraged from time to time is completely normal.  Everyone goes through phases where it seems like instead of moving forward, they're running in place.   

  These feelings should go away, right?  Most likely, yes, the frustrations and the roadblocks will fade as you learn to work through them, and you’ll pick up where you left off.  But what if they don’t?   

Don’t be afraid to ask for help.  This is where your community comes in, and why it’s so important to have a network that you can rely on.  Reach out to someone in your network to talk about the struggles you are facing, and you might find the answer you’re looking for.  If all else fails, talking about your experience, what you’re going through, and getting it out in the open could be all you need to continue moving in the right direction.   

Don’t quit.  No matter how frustrated or annoyed you get, don’t be that person who starts something and leaves it unfinished.  If you find the need to re-energize, take a break.  Stop and reflect on the situation and adjust your mindset before you circle back and face your challenge.   Remember that the only way we can grow is through experiences we have - and, not all experiences are good or easy.  It’s the hard and challenging times that define who we are.   

The only thing getting in the way of achieving your goals is your own self-doubt.  But, with hard work and commitment, you truly can accomplish anything that you set your mind to.   Once you do break through barriers and come out on the other side, you’ll have identified some invaluable “lessons learned” that will benefit you going forward.