Entrepreneurs are universally admired for their can-do attitude, perseverance and work ethic. Inspiring examples like Jack Ma and Steve Jobs motivate others around the world to study hard, work harder and take risks that can reshape their lives—as well as the world around them.
For companies that achieve success, it can be challenging to maintain the entrepreneurial spirit that characterized their early growth. Procedures and protocols can replace spontaneous innovation. Growing headcount can constrain the casual, immediate rapport of founders. New customers and investors can also heighten the risk of trialing new products and services, making it tempting to only take safe choices.