Category: Politics

How to build a good culture in a company

I don’t think there are two people on this planet that totally agree on what makes a company successful. Some people think it’s the idea, while others think it’s timing or execution. Personally, i think the one thing that can make or break a start up or a company is culture. And overlooking it can absolutely ruin companies even with perfect ideas and top notch execution. And building a foundation for good culture isn’t just hiring people with similar values to you, either. The best cultures are the ones that encourage employees to give critical feedback, even if it’s CEO getting the feedback. Actually, CEOs should be the first ones to ask for critical feedback, inspiring employees by actions instead of words.

Another reason why receiving critical feedback is important is because it gets rid of groupthink that naturally happens when like-minded people spend a lot of time together. We can see this on both sides – people start belonging to a group, and adapt to group’s ideas and morals instead of having their own. Which is very dangerous not only for the person, but whole company. People engaged in groupthink won’t be able to notice disaster that can put their company out of business, therefore they can’t stop it.

So how should business leaders inspire diversity of thought in employees? There are few methods, but as i stated before, the best one is leading by example. They should put themselves up to be criticized publicly and try to learn something from the feedback. Knowing that the leader of a company is himself approving this, employees will be more courageous to give feedback to their managers without having the fear of being fired.

I am an employee now as well, and quite unhappy at my workplace. I wish my manager had read the same articles about how successful companies with critical cultures are. I want to start my own company one day, and i know i’ll definitely be using these tips to be more competitive.


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How i managed to live on minimum wage independently for 3 years

When i was 19, i was at very rough point in my life. I had just dropped out of college, because didn’t want my parents to waste money on useless education. Spoiler alert : Now i’m doing fine and getting paid six-figure salary at tech company, but let’s focus on my main story.

So i was out of college and working at Walgreens. Pay was not quite minimum wage, but very close to it. And i didn’t really want to move back in with my parents, as they were quite angry with me for not going through my education. I got my friend to let me stay for a little while, and even though he wasn’t complaining , i knew he was bothered so i had to figure something out. Rents in New Jersey are not as high in NYC, but living there is still pretty expensive compared to the rest of the country. So i was looking at around thousand dollars for a room, which was around third of my salary. It was doable, i thought, so after a few weeks of desperate search, i found a room in decent location for seven hundred dollars. It wasn’t the room of my dreams – it was tiny and couldn’t fit much but the bed, one small closet and a desk with a chair. But it was perfect for my situation, so i jumped on opportunity and rented it for myself. With housing covered, now i had to figure out how to feed myself and save some money to start something on my own. I always dreamt of starting my own business, so this was my opportunity to actually do it, nothing could hold me back. Well, except for lack of money, but that could be solved.

Feeding myself didn’t turn out to be as expensive as i had expected. I’ve always watched my spending and looked twice at price tag before buying something, but now i became obsessed with saving money on food, and i was doing great. I managed to buy most things at discount and even though it wasn’t the healthiest diet, i was getting by just fine. Thanks to these extremes that i went to in order to save money, i had spare hundred or two that wasn’t assigned to anything, so i decided that i’d make that going out budget. So at the end of the day, it wasn’t that bad. I was never dining in restaurants, but i always had money to go out to see a movie on weekend and even invite people.

Now fast forward nine years, i’ve learned programming myself and moved out to San Francisco where i got a job. I did start some businesses, some of which have failed, but i’m not planning on giving up so easily. I have much more budget for my own entertainment now, but i still try to keep it down and go through online reviews carefully before buying anything. I dream of starting tech startup now, and have few good ideas, so i’m looking forward to future and what it holds for me.


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