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How an Entrepreneurial Approach Can Help Develop an Effective Work Culture

Courtney Scharf
February 8th, 2013
Nearly all leaders are looking to establish an effective work culture, but what if the key is to act like a young, sprouting company? An entrepreneurial spirit is what keeps many established CEOs on the cutting-edge, and the same attitude can keep employees and organizations ahead of the game.

Office layout. Take cues from young companies today. Many offices have an intentionally unfinished look with industrial touches like exposed pipes, like Facebook HQ in Palo Alto. Paired with an open floor plan, this office style is no mistake. The industrial style is said to facilitate and reflect a mindset that a team's work is never finished, and the idea that new goals need to be set despite past successes. In terms of an open floor plan, this kind of set-up facilitates collaborative work and more harmonious professional relationships, which is critical to the diffusion of ideas and innovation. Working to create a more collaborative workspace can be done in large and small scale ways. Removing the barriers between people need not be a strenuous task, and facilitating a more interactive workspace can be encouraged by merely creating and establishing more communal areas.

Reward small victories and big thinking. Working for a start-up can create a more dedicated work space because even the smallest successes are often taken as notable victories. Encouraging a work style that rewards bold action and even the smallest of successes is not only motivating to employees, but ensures that they'll feel empowered to make big decisions that could keep your company on the cutting edge.

Established companies can learn a lot from smaller, younger brands. Trend Hunter's Business Trend Report has great insights into how leading brands are innovating to stay ahead.