C-Suite Network co-founder Jeffrey Hayzlett provided the forward for Barefoot Wine founders and New York Times Bestselling authors Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey’s new book. In “The Entrepreneurial Culture: 23 Ways to Engage and Empower Your People,” Jeffrey writes that a company can be in a “bad mood” when employees believing their best days are behind them, not ahead of them.
When your whole company is in a bad mood, employees don’t feel that they have a stake in its future—and that’s a problem. Here, Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey explain how to turn a bad mood around by helping your employees develop an entrepreneurial spirit.
Is your company in a bad mood? The signs aren’t always overt. People aren’t biting each other’s heads off or glaring sullenly across the conference table. (That’s home, not work!) Instead, it feels like everyone is just…coasting. Rather than digging for solutions, they make a cursory effort and then lay the problem at your feet. They’re not cage-rattlers and idea-sharers; they’re “yes men” and passive compliers. And if you could be the proverbial fly on the wall (instead of the boss in the hall), you suspect you’d hear far more bitching and blaming than the faked enthusiasm you usually hear.
That’s bad mood in workplace parlance. And Michael Houlihan says your apathetic clock-punchers are the creations of a culture that’s set up to squelch their inner entrepreneur.