Logic often rules the workplace. We look at our systems, our programs and our people and want them all to fit very nicely into the well-defined boxes that we create for them. Life is easier when there is no drama, no chaos, no problems. The secret hope of our organizations' managers is that everyone does what he or she is told, plays along nicely with others, stays motivated and produces work with little supervision. They want things to be simple.
Getting culture right from the day an entrepreneur starts his or her company is the largest determinant of long-term success. Twitter logo When I talk with entrepreneurs and business leaders, I ask them what values and principles they're going to lead with. If you don't set those values up front, the environment around you will define it, and you may not end up with something you like.
A valuable trait that small organizations have over large ones is that by virtue of their size, it's easier to build and foster trust (think more transparency, a tighter-knit community, less separation between hierarchical levels, etc.). And because trust is the defining component of great workplaces, this advantage is noteworthy.