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Lead by Example with a Start-Up Mentality

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Lead by Example with a Start-Up Mentality

Foster an entrepreneurial attitude through leadership example

While many large, mature organizations try desperately to act like a start-up or foster a culture that encourages thinking unbound by traditional business barriers, most fail miserably to capture true entrepreneurial spirit.

For public companies, the goal is often to deliver 5-7% growth to pay dividends. As a starting point, this is a comparatively low bar that may itself stifle bold thinking. Instilling an entrepreneurial essence takes just one simple, but elusive capability: leadership. Leaders must share information, promote inclusion of ideas, empower managers, and not only encourage risk-taking, but even more importantly, not penalize failure.

So often companies talk of their desire to celebrate failures or learn from mistakes – a simple tactic that any company of any size can employ that would change the culture overnight – and yet very few can actually do it. Start-up entrepreneurs by comparison often try, fail, try again and reinvent themselves en route to greatness.

To realize growth rates that are on par with many smaller or start-up companies, employees must be allowed to suspend consideration of how new ideas will be funded, approved or moved through the system – something that is counter to any corporate mentality. Leaders must recognize this reality and lead through action to change this restrictive dynamic. 


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Originally published on May 31st, 2017

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Topics: business barriers, entrepreneurial, growth, Innovation, IP, leadership, start-up mentality

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Scott Siegel

Scott Siegel

Scott is a Director and part of Kalypso's consumer packaged goods (CPG) industry practice, specializing in global product lifecycle management (PLM) and portfolio and pipeline management (PPM) system strategy, solution design, implementation and value realization. 
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