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More Self-Starters in the Workplace?

I was completely floored when, during a recent keynote address to business leaders, the training director from a Fortune 500 company stood up and asked me: “Why would we want more self-starters in our company?! They’ll just leave and start their own businesses!”

My response? Where do you think innovation comes from? Where do those new ideas/products/services/initiatives come from? Answer: From those folks who raise their hands and say, “Hey, I have an idea!” And then, take that idea and run with it.

Think about your workplace. Do you have an environment that encourages self-starters or pounds them down with inflexibility? Now, I’m not saying let the inmates run the asylum, but I am questioning how companies can lose self-starters because of workplace culture and norms.