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What would you tell yourself about managing people if you could go back in time?

Arpi Narula Keen tester | Agile Promoter | Newbie developer | Chatbots and AR lover | New technologies explorer

January 31st, 2017

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?

Rob Hirsch Traveler, nature lover, & entrepreneur

Last updated on January 31st, 2017

Dear Rob of 15 years ago,

If you end up managing people, here are some quick tips to build a successful team.

  • Decide what you want your team's culture to be, & be an example of that.
  • Staff your team with people who match the culture. If they don't, they will hurt the team.
  • Don't micromanage. If someone needs you to, and that doesn't match your culture, advise them to get another job.
  • Encourage professional growth, whether that's by growing your department & the people in it, or letting people grow in another career. I told my team I had no problem with them interviewing for other positions & asked them to expand their knowledge base in their current job.
  • 1-on-1 are the employee's meeting. They should arrive with talking points, not the manager.
  • Perks: buy lunch, let them work from home or leave early sometimes.
  • Treat employees with respect & honesty. Be great to them & they'll be great to your customers.
  • Let them know when they fail, and that it's ok, but if they keep doing it, they'll have to get another job. Letting people go without notice is horrible for everyone involved.

Othman Safarini Intersted in startups world & iOS Apps development

January 31st, 2017

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.

Steve Owens Startup Expert

January 31st, 2017

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.

Ashish Kher Product 'X' at Stealth

January 31st, 2017

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.

Rick Laston I am an Inventor with a desire to be in business.

February 7th, 2017

I would tell myself, "Trust your instincts."

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Steve Owens Startup Expert

June 9th, 2021

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".