Scaling Forward (Part 2)
Following up from our last article….. We know what it’s like building a team.
Yep, it’s not a walk in the park and the learning journey can be steep.
Here are a few more things that will hopefully keep you going when you feel overwhelmed, help you manage the ups and downs and also find superstars that just ‘get it’.
People move on but how they leave is more important.
Life changes and so do people. Priorities change. When we didn’t have kids it was easier putting all those extra hours in. Passion fuels your attention and you don’t always take stock.
As you get older a partner, spouse, children all join you on the journey and you have another team to look after. That said, you still need to take care of the team that made you an attractive proposition in the first place.
One of our team left to learn more skills and embrace new challenges outside of web design.
Three years later they returned to build Genesis Brands. Always keep the door open! People change, roles change and if you are open people will help you on the journey, in or out of your business.
If you want to be different, do different.
Talking about innovation is one thing but actually doing it is quite another.
When we started building Genesis brands we had to be brave and invest in it.
We are at the start but it takes commitment. If you believe in a vision you have to invest in it.
Another hot topic is working hours. How do you change culture and provide a better environment? Change up the 9-5. That’s what we’ve done by embracing a 4 day work week.
We’ll be sharing just what that means later but doing it creates a better atmosphere, allows creatives to actually explore new projects and gives everyone a better work life balance.
Ask more questions than being the answer.
Move away from the God complex – you don’t have all the answers.
God might but you certainly don’t. It’s not your job to be the savior, rather teach others to be resourceful. Let’s be honest, your ability helped you to start the business but what’s kept it is being resourceful in challenging situations.
Give people in your business a voice. Let them be part of the conversation.
You’re not stupid but as your business grows you won’t always be the smartest person in the room.
Your job is to work yourself out of one and to replace yourself with people who are smarter than you.
Then you’ll build a company of talented people who all feel they can make a difference.
Collaboration is what changes a nation.
Building teams is about understanding the culture we are in, adapting, adopting and acting on the world around us.
Train people well enough so they can leave, treat them well enough, so they don’t want to”.