A Tribute to Corp. Speak and Why I Love The Start-Up

by Christopher Wendels on augusti 27, 2013

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Going forward I see myself staying in the start-up scene. The drill-down mentality of the corporate world with its focus on end of play feels stifling.

I make sure to touch base with friends still in the corporate space from time to time. We talk about meeting up again, or that venue heading to town, and at best I get an inane, “It’s on my radar“. For me, leaving the corporate environment was a no brainer. I aim to be and work with best of breed, which is hard when you are constantly pushed toward the low hanging fruit.

My advice to those unwilling to make the move is to reach out to colleagues who have learned to dive deeper. The most important thing is not to think outside the box, but to keep that positive momentum. I have a lot on my plate and at the end of the day when I run the numbers I need to feel it has all been worth it.

When I touch points with my mentor he will tell me, “Keep your eye on the ball“. If you lose sight of that you will need to head back to the drawing board and that can be frustrating. The hard part is often to get the ball rolling and keeping that up is what gets you bang for your buck. Once you are on your way focus has to be to close the deal.

In a corporate world things can really spin out of control when the rubber hits the road as everyone scrambles to gain the most or lose the least. Shift paradigm and really move the needle is easier in a start-up where every day at least should be game-changing. What point is there if you are not trying to move the goal post.

Value added for the client is always going to be win-win at a start-up, that is not always the case for larger corporations. Across the piece I am a lot happier in this environment. One day I hope to bring that type of culture with me to a larger organization and not be forced by HR to leave it at the door. Until then it’s all hands on deck.

This piece is based on Bernard Marr’s article, which is worth the 72 seconds it takes to read it. Especially if you had time to read this.