Tae Hea Nahm has been picking up blogging at workingwiththn . We encourage you to check it out. We will post excerpts and links on our site as well.
Recently Tae Hea wrote about integrating a start up team culture with that of a larger organizational culture and how its almost a requirement for success in order to scale.
As startups succeed and add experienced executives, companies can undergo an internal culture debate between the early employees and new professional executives. This debate is characterized as the choice between the startup culture and the professional management culture. Startup managers focus on achieving results quickly through passion, get-it-done attitude and rapid adaptation. Professional managers focus on scale and predictability through process, organization (hierarchy) and hiring. Startup managers tend to elevate key outside interests (such as customers), while professional managers tend to be internal or organization centric. The same debate occurs between a new, unproven business unit and a successful existing business unit….
Similarly, companies face multiple challenges, some best addressed by a startup culture and some by a professional management culture. To succeed, companies must retain, value and integrate both cultures.
Its never easy but keeping perspective helps. You can read the entire post at Team Culture: Spcial Forces vs. Conventional Forces