Businesses don’t always have the best start-up culture, a study finds.
Business development experts say it’s time for a change.
Here are the top five issues to look out for.
No one’s asking: “Who should we hire?”
When businesses aren’t looking for the right person, they’re still looking for people to hire.
It’s one of the biggest challenges facing business owners, who often feel overwhelmed by the demands of growing an industry.
Business owners are also more likely to turn to freelancers for help.
No need to be a leader: There’s a saying that a successful business owner is “the leader, not the follower.”
Business owners aren’t leaders, they are “followers,” said Mark Shatz, president of the Greater Cleveland Business Association.
It may be easier to start a business when you know who you are.
The market is saturated: Even if you’re not an industry leader, it’s easy to miss out on the big picture when it comes to hiring, Shatz said.
“It’s the first question that people ask when they meet you,” Shatz told The Hill.
“If you have a big idea, people ask you who else has that idea.”
The need for transparency: Businesses are always looking for more transparency, especially when it’s related to their growth strategy, Shetz said.
Businesses want to know how much they’re spending and how they’re growing.
Lack of a clear mission: Many companies don’t have clear goals and a clear business model.
When there are no clear goals or a clear way to share information, the business doesn’t have a clear focus.
Business leaders are less likely to make good decisions.
Lack for social capital: Business owners have a tendency to become disconnected from their employees, Shitz said.
They have fewer social skills, making it difficult for them to build a community.
No clear vision: When businesses don’t know how to grow and how to expand, they can’t plan.
They can’t see the bigger picture.
Businesss also have less ability to identify opportunities, such as opportunities in technology or new markets.
Not sure what you need: Even though you may have an idea, you don’t necessarily have a plan to go after it, Shazze said.
It doesn’t matter how great your idea is, if it doesn’t fit the culture of the company, the founders are more likely not to hire you, Shz said.
Lack time to research: When people don’t understand business, they tend to avoid it, said Shatz.
They also don’t research what to do next, which is a recipe for disaster.
The culture of fear: People are afraid to speak up because they don’t want to be labeled a failure.
When they do speak up, they often get called names, Shanks said.
Shatz wants to create a culture where leaders are willing to tell their stories, and employees are willing help them find out what’s happening.