Which culture attracts you more – structured or entrepreneurial?

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Anonymous A asked on Oct 03, 2019

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Udayan
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replied on Oct 03, 2019
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A question like this is trying to get at how you think as opposed to getting to the 'right' answer. An organization needs to be both structured and entrepreneurial in order to be effective in the long run.

The best way to answer it is to reflect on what it is you enjoy more and why that is so. For example a structured culture could be more attractive to you because it allows you to focus on the tasks at hand without having to worry about whether the processes are in place to ensure things get done. Alternatively you might enjoy a more entrepreneurial environment because it allows you to think outside of defined boundaries and do things that typically are harder to do in a more defined workplace (e.g., you can quickly launch products without having to worry as much about reputation and other risks).

Both have their pros and cons so it is about which one speaks to your style/temperament.

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Aws
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replied on Oct 03, 2019
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All,

I would say a combination of both. You can be entrepreneurial and still be structured. You can have certain mental models / frameworks that you use to assess certain entrepreneurial opportunities.

If you get asked this question, they are most likely testing if you can follow a structured methodical way to client work, but also have the courage and ability to show drive.

Best, Aws

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Mara Fee replied on Sep 15, 2021

Entrepreneurial

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Anonymous B replied on Sep 03, 2021

Instinctively I prefer entrepreneurial. I love taking things up and doing something about it. Taking ownership and responsibility. I love the drive, the constant passion and improvement. The general growth mindset. The flexibility towards everything that happens, pivoting and changing everything according to what life throws at your feet.  

The downside would be the lack of structure, the general chaos that would accompany the entrepreneurial lifestyle. But it's up to you to create structure inside the chaos to truly succeed

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