What’s the common thread among co-workers, bosses, salary, commutes, contracts, vendors and just about everything you touch during the day? How can employers take some of the burden off of their employees and limit some of the common stresses? Workplace culture is the key. The culture of an organization is the “why” of the organization, and if the culture is a positive one, many workplace stresses are minimized or can even disappear.
You have big ideas. You’re emotionally intuitive. Creative. Entrepreneurial. Relationship oriented.
Do you have many of the qualities that help make a dynamic leader?
They're also extremely common traits of failed CEOs.
Mike Faith is a man who knows he can get things wrong. He tells the story of a time when Zappos founder Tony Hsieh came to Faith with a question. “I’m going to do this shoe thing online. Want to invest?” Faith declined, saying the business would never work.
Faith may have missed an opportunity there, but he missed few others in the early years of his business, Headsets.com. The company was on an exceptional growth path, being named to the Inc. 5000 five times.
Faith describes the culture as chaotic, with growth so fast that team members felt unsettled as they scurried to keep up. The focus was on sales, and the numbers in 2007 had climbed past $30 million.
Then came the recession.
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