The Blue Kite Blog

Building a legacy that lasts

7 Keys to Building a Legacy

By | August 08, 2016

I have the privilege of raising three boys. I remember each of the births like it were yesterday. I can say that founding a business is the closest you can get to birthing and raising a child. It’s a long-term endeavor with great highs and lows. It requires knowledge and... Read More »

We banned these five weak phrases from the workplace to strengthen company culture.

5 Weak Phrases We Banned to Improve Workplace Culture

By | July 27, 2016

A few weeks ago, Stan pointed out to me that there’s a word I overuse on a regular basis. The abuse of this word corrodes my confidence and dilutes my authority as a leader. And, this is not the first time I’ve been told this. Throughout my life, people have... Read More »

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How to Reinvent Your Company Culture

By | July 18, 2016

The case has been made over and over again about why the culture you create at your company matters. Countless articles have been written about why culture eats strategy for breakfast and you’ve seen the best places to work list published each year. We have even given three pillars you... Read More »

What is Founder-Inspired Culture?

By | July 11, 2016

Throughout my entire career, I have tried to influence company culture. In each of my jobs before starting Blue Kite, I would look for ways to improve employee morale and strengthen the bonds of our team. At one company, I proposed group lunches in our conference room so we weren’t... Read More »

How a Strong Culture Impacts your Business

5 Ways a Strong Culture Positively Impacts Your Business

By | July 06, 2016

Building a strong culture is no small task. It takes time and resources to create a winning culture with a compelling vision, thriving environment and flourishing employees. So, is the investment worth it? We think so. A strong company culture is not just about giving your team the warm fuzzies... Read More »

3 Ways to Cultivate Your Team to Create Winning Culture

How to Cultivate Your Team to Create a Winning Culture

By | June 30, 2016

When it comes to company culture, the tendency is to think about ways to benefit the team as a whole. However, thinking about employees on an individual level is the key to keeping them engaged, productive and loyal to your company. Not to mention, happy employees can be your biggest... Read More »

How to Create the Right Environment for a Winning Culture

By | June 29, 2016

When people talk about company culture, it’s easy to default to thinking about the office environment. After all, it’s the most tangible aspect of culture. And, it’s why culture often becomes synonymous with Foosball tables and nap pods. But those “shiny objects” are not enough to establish a strong culture... Read More »

Casting a compelling vision is critical for founders to inspiring a winning culture.

How Founders Inspire Winning Cultures

By | June 28, 2016

There’s a running joke in our office that goes something like this: “What is the best way to turn around a company?” “How?” “Three things: install a foosball table, a free “Monster” vending machine, and schedule permanent “Beer Fridays.” All good things, but we know that creating an enduring company... Read More »

Take our 2016 company culture survey

We Want to Hear About Your Company Culture

By | June 21, 2016

If you’ve been reading the Blue Kite blog in the past few months, you may notice that we’ve been talking a lot about company culture – and for good reason. You see, we believe that a strong, intentional company culture is the difference-maker for the world’s most successful companies. But,... Read More »

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Founder Loneliness: The Hidden Challenge of Running a Startup

By | May 24, 2016

Today’s culture glamorizes startups. Movies and TV shows often depict the shinier aspects of startup culture – the foosball tables, the fancy parties, the awards and newspaper articles. But what outsiders don’t often see is how difficult the road can be to get there. That’s why 80 percent of startups... Read More »