Former entrepreneurs often switch to corporate gigs, aiming for a better work-life balance and a touch of structure. While their creative mojo can jazz up your team, there’s a flip side: culture clashes. Entrepreneurs are used to doing things their way; so the corporate world, with its hierarchy and risk aversion, might feel like a straightjacket to them.
Expecting them to play by the ‘rules’? That’s where they’ll hit a snag. Their knack for juggling multiple roles clashes with the corporate call for slowing down and delegating—it’s a bit like expecting a cat to bark. Navigating the corporate landscape, with its politics, large teams, and strategy alignment, can be a real puzzle.
Moreover, there’s the risk that these ex-entrepreneurs might decide to pack their bags and return to startups or solo ventures if the corporate environment cramps their style too much.
Idea for Impact: If you’re considering hiring an ex-entrepreneur, watch for clashes. Set expectations and use their strengths without stepping on corporate toes.