I think about this often as we create teams and grow businesses from the few to the many. This is something that gets lost in startups during growth and in coworking spaces as you are busy running a community and a business.
Events. It is a no brainer to plan events that people will come to and that will attract new people to your community, but these events are a lot of work. Whether it is you, a community manager, or an HR guru planning the event make sure that it is something that YOU want to go to.
Authenticity. We are not all creating the next Google and there is no reason to make our environment, work style or team expectations in this vein. What are the things that really matter to your space and your team or your members? Own those, hold onto those and don’t change for the one or two people that insist it fit their needs. Most cultures are a true ecosystem that is ever evolving and by staying authentic your ecosystem will naturally push out those people that are not aligning organically, which means less work for you.
Feedback. I like to say that I enjoy setting expectations early and often, but what good are those if there is not an open line of feedback. It has to be a two-way street.
Assume Positive Intent. Driving down the street and someone cuts in front of me it is so easy to be angry at that person, the same goes in the office. Someone forgot to
Positivity. Don’t laugh, I am serious about this one. We all know the “Debbie Downer” and we dread when they come over to us to tell us a story.
These are not ideas that are new found, they are just often the last thing we are thinking about as you lay your head down to sleep after a 15-hour day. Today, take a few moments to put even one into practice and see the environment around you change, with little effort needed. The culture that you are selling to the world of being a great place that is inspiring and exciting will all naturally come to fruition with a few of these tips.