How to Build a Resilient Startup Culture

To be a successful entrepreneur, you need to learn how to sail the ocean of uncertainty, rejection, hardships and discomfort without losing your sight over your goals. Fostering your emotional intelligence is what you need to do if you want to survive in the sea of sharks called entrepreneurship. And building resilience plays a key role in this process.

Building your resilience from within is what will help you move forward as an entrepreneur when the path gets rocky. Building a resilient company culture, however, will help your startup move forward when the business gets hit by a storm, which in the entrepreneurship world often happens so quickly that the team hardly ever has enough time to react adequately.

So what you do to build a resilient startup culture? Start with taking these four steps:


Be open and honest with your employees. Organize regular meetings to talk about the company’s development and share with them what obstacles you are facing and what challenges are slowing you down. Encourage your employees to share openly their ideas and thoughts on how to overcome these challenges. Make them feel comfortable with giving honest feedback. This will help you get a better perspective on the invisible to you problems that the company may be facing, which gives you the advantage of becoming more flexible with your business decisions.


In times of distress, being hesitant is the last thing you need. You need to be able to take decisions quickly, to stand by them and move forward. Being decisive as an entrepreneur is what fosters growth and having on your side a team of people, who aren’t afraid of taking important decisions, will make you unstoppable.


Taking decisions quickly will give you more flexibility, yet the results will come only if start acting towards turning the ideas into reality. If you want results, you need to get moving. Foster an actionable startup culture and your team members will be able to quickly mobilize themselves and start working on solutions when a problem comes your way.


Being pro-active is necessarily in business, yet you need to learn how to slow down as well. Embracing a culture of slowness is a great way to promote self-care, stress-relief and emotional-decluttering among your team members. Getting a startup off the ground is stressful. You and your employees need to learn how to embrace slowness in order to keep your mental health in check. Mindfulness and stress relief is what can make you, your employees and your startup more resilient.

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