Startups, while extremely exciting, can also be very challenging. Having the right team in place will help to ensure you reach your goals and objectives and attain your maximum potential.
As the team leader, the President or CEO must be the company’s visionary. Their success and the ultimate success of the company relies on their ability to communicate and understand the dream, while collaborating and coordinating with the other team members. Ultimately, working as an interconnected unit to transform theory into reality.
As such, a solid team will manage the complexities of your startup, ensuring you meet assigned deadlines and stay on top of tasks. It is essential to a startup company’s success that each team member is a self-motivated, self-starter, who will leave no stone unturned and work diligently to complete each task on time. They should also possess excellent analytical skills and be extremely comfortable with out-of-the-box thoughts and ideas.
It is also critical to leverage the varied skillsets of each team member and to foster an environment encouraging communication and collaboration, so everyone can work together towards achieving the company’s goals and objectives.
With a strong team in place, you’ll find it easier to make decisions quickly, manage resources effectively, and remain agile in the face of changing market conditions.
While many different team structures may prove successful for your startup company, they all share one goal: to elicit the most value to your business and allow you to achieve recurring success.
Easily overlooked, but equally important, is the internal culture of your startup. It is essential to practice a culture of trust, enthusiasm, growth, and again, collaboration, among the team members to foment unity and solidarity in professing corporate ideals. An open and welcoming environment will encourage team members to be themselves and will lead to increased creativity and innovation across the board. This cultural environment allows team members to feel comfortable with their skillsets, free to wear many hats and not feel stuck with one job, and are eager to take responsibility for their actions.
It’s always okay to create a workplace where mistakes are made and lessons learned, without the propensity toward harsh judgments and shame.
Successful teams typically possess a shared vision of the company’s mission. However, even if you don’t, it’s critical that each team member strives to achieve the same goals.
Seek team members who are aligned with your company values and goals and who possess varied, but vital skillsets that will contribute to your success no matter what structure you choose.
Typically, models like this work best for companies with a specific mission or purpose and with smaller teams, since it’s easier to keep everyone on the same page. However, if your team is larger, it can be harder to implement these models and have them work harmoniously and you may be better off starting with smaller subgroups of employees and expanding from there.