Don’t let “how things are done” dictate how things can or could be. Leaders create and develop cultures uniquely their own. Even if they are on their own at first, they can be the workplace culture.
As others come in, the newbies are inoculated with a pre-existing culture… you.
Cast a vision for your work environment. Define what it looks and feels and even smells like. Write out a description of what kind of people will thrive in it.
be clear about those who will die there if they inadvertently make their way in. Be bold and clear, visionary and dreamy.
Have fun in it and with it.
And don’t apologize for it…. it is your culture.