Maintaining an Entrepreneurial Spirit in the C-Suite

October 22, 2014 Jeffrey Hayzlett

Adapt, change, or die. No one knows this statement to be true more than the executive teams in the c-suite. They know that when companies stop adapting or changing - they die.

That's why c-suite executives are always pushing the envelope. They know that if they lose that drive, the hurry-up feeling, the company they have been tasked to lead will lose that feeling too. 

It's why c-suite leaders must always keep an entrepreneurial mindset when it comes to business, and instill that entrepreneurial spirit company wide. My friends Michael Houlihan and Bonnie Harvey, founders of the iconic Barefoot Wine brand, wrote a book on their experiences starting a brand from their laundry room called The Barefoot Spirit. They talk about the challenges and opportunities they faced as they built Barefoot Wine and how they capitalized on every one of them through entrepreneurship. They share how every employee, from front-line to CEO, needs to come at every situation with an entrepreneurial spirit.

The best c-suite executives, ones like Richard Branson or Elon Musk, never stop looking at opportunities through their entrepreneurial glasses. How can other c-suite leaders embody their spirit and charge their teams to do the same?

Read the full article on Huffington Post.

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