The Soul of Startups: The Untold Stories of How Founders Affect Culture

  • 3h 47m
  • Sophie Theen
  • John Wiley & Sons (US)
  • 2022

Discover how a founder’s personality can impact the culture of a startup

In The Soul of Startups: The Untold Stories of How Founders Affect Culture, award-winning HR and diversity and inclusion professional Sophie Theen delivers an insightful and eye-opening discussion of the importance of culture in the vibrant and, sometimes, chaotic world of startup enterprise. In the book, you’ll hear from a people management expert who has sat alongside those who launch exciting new ventures.

The author describes company founders who lacked the emotional maturity and intelligence to start an organization on which an entire team would rely for their wellbeing, as well as those who excelled at creating environments that allowed their team members to thrive, personally and professionally. You’ll also find:

  • Unvarnished truths from people who have lived through the ups and downs of the startup experience
  • Celebrations of the people who have worked for—and with—the celebrity CEOs to help them realize their vision
  • Illuminating stories of the journeys of startup operators, including the good, the bad, and the ugly

A can’t-miss resource for company founders, entrepreneurs, managers, executives, and startup professionals, The Soul of Startups also belongs in the libraries of human resources and people management professionals seeking unique insights into how the personalities of startup founders shape the structures, processes, and realities of working in a fast-growing company.

In this Book

  • Foreword
  • Preface
  • Introduction
  • The Gen Z Leader
  • The Type A
  • The Talent Acquirer
  • The Middle Manager
  • The Unlearner
  • The Trailblazer
  • The Collectivist versus The Individualist
  • The Community Builder
  • The Keen Learner
  • The Black Diamond
  • Closing Reflections