One of the hardest things about building a startup from the ground up is understanding what it takes to first build a great culture and then to manage those folks that you are adding to your team.
I see that plenty of you have significant experience in building and growing companies and for that reason I was inspired to go ahead with posting this thread.
So going back to the question, what would you tell yourself about managing people if you could go back in time?
Dear Rob of 15 years ago,
If you end up managing people, here are some quick tips to build a successful team.
i had a very small experience in woking in a startup for 6 months, in wiring electrical systems for boats,
I came out with two lessons:
1- As a manager, you have to stay in the working site with your workers, otherwise they will feel that you don't care about the job and just resting in home while they have to deal with the hard work.
2- You have to keep your promises to your workers.
I think people will say these are a staright forward advices, but Iam speaking after a bad experience i had in the company.
Find great people who do not need to be managed. Make sure everyone has clear roles and responsibilities, understands the goals, and works together as a team.
Much easier said than done.
Form a team where every single person genuinely believes in the product or services to the final customer.
If they are joining to just have a job till they get something better or for the ESOPs chances are, the team will not deliver to your expectations.
I would tell myself, "Trust your instincts."
Have clear roles and responsibilities.
Role = what decisions does that person make.
Responsibility = What number is it my job to make better
Review numbers vs. goals with peer group. Peer pressure is more effective motivator than pressure from the "boss".