This is the Fifth in my series of post on an exploration into the cornerstones of culture. Stephen Covey’s “Principled Centered Leadership” is an excellent book based on the premise that great organizations are governed by principles. A start-up is typically a leader and team or a peer group. The important characteristics for this size of an organization are personal and interpersonal relations. Covey lists trustworthiness as the most important characteristic at the personal level and trust as the most important characteristic for inter-personal relations. The important implication here is that for a start-up to have a culture of accomplishment and results their people must be trustworthy and the team must trust each other. This is consistent with Jim Collins “get the right people on the bus and the wrong people off the bus.” Trust is an essential ingredient of culture founded in principles.
Principles compliment the trust and trustworthiness linkages in an organization. When in doubt refer to the corporate compass (principles) for direction.
TheCodeFactory adheres to the open source principles of: Open, Transparent and Meritous.
- Ian Graham