You And Your Team Need To Work Together As A Cohesive Whole
One of the things that has really changed in the startup revolution of the last decade or so is the structure of a lot of businesses. Where there might have previously been a much more significant hierarchy of a business, things are now much more based on direct collaboration and teamwork. This is because things are often operating at a much smaller, more intimate level. This means that if you’re a startup leader, it’s likely that your team is going to be working with you, rather than for you. This means that the way in which the businesses functions on a day to day level has had to change as well. It’s never been more important for you and your employees to work together as a cohesive whole. Here are just a few ways that you can do that.
One of the biggest things that most startups need to understand is that every moment is likely to act as a learning experience, especially in the early days. This means that you’re going to need to be able to accommodate the learning of each and every employee in your business. One of the very best ways to do this is to allow people within your business to save and share resources that they may find useful. Content curation tools that allow you to share things like useful articles can make that process incredibly easy. That way everyone, including you, has access to any and all resources they might ever need.
It’s easy to fall into the trap of feeling as though you’re the centre of the business and that you always know what’s best for it. Sure, you should have the confidence to guide your startup in the right direction according to your vision, but if there are things that your employees think you should be doing differently, it’s a good idea to listen to what they have to say. Assuming that you inherently know better than your employees can be an incredibly dangering thing to do since they will often have an entirely different perspective on the business than you.
Facilitate open communication
A startup can never succeed unless everyone involved is able to communicate openly and effectively. Make sure that you have your business set up in such a way that doing so is as easy as possible. This means everything from an office space where people can talk to each other easily, to using apps like Skype and Slack to allow employees to stay in contact no matter what they’re doing. Creating the kind of business environment where communication is prioritised is one of the very best ways of making your startup a true success.
Of course, it’s important to remember that there is always going to be some degree of difference in authority. Unless you’re working with people who are direct 50/50 partners in the business, you will still have superiority and shouldn’t be afraid to stick to your vision of the way that you want the business to be. Compromise and listening to your employees is important, but not at the expense of your personal vision for the business.