Daniel has been trying to build a team for his startup business idea and he is frustrated. He has no money to pay team members, he needs volunteers. Daniel calls his team members up and sends a lot of messages concerning the goals of the business but it has been much of a struggle. No one is ready to break a sweat on the matter. Daniel wonders about his business model, he starts attending a lot of seminars. He loses his peace and feels frustrated every time because his team members just seem laid back and too busy with their own goals.
Daniel’s Startup Rehab:
1. The Fuel:
your team runs on the steam you generate, motivation fails when you are not passionate. So maybe there is a need to change your business idea or get more passionate about it. If your team members are at 30 km/h, you should be at 100 km/h.
2. Pick Right:
The goals of some team member would not fit into yours, decide quickly when you need to cut some people off the team. It’s better to have no team than to carry dead weight. You may be friends but it does not mean their passion or goals would be fulfilled while they work on your team.
3. Help Out:
Your team is probably a volunteer, you need to be constantly aware of their needs. If you do not care about them, why do you think they should care about your business? Even in paid positions, you can maximize the performance of staff by checking up on them frequently.
I have applied these ideas to writing teams, I wake up every day thinking about how to help my team members achieve their goals. I put in extra effort when team members are not available, and I stay focused on the big picture. we may find it hard to run alone most times but it also helps us as leaders to understand how far we can stretch without help. This is a good time to test our limits and push boundaries. Yet like David in the Bible, when there is progress even those who seem laid back should be acknowledged.
We must understand that there may be nothing wrong with the idea, it may just be our lack of commitment as leaders that makes team members lose faith. Leaders should be ready to run alone but we also need to carry everyone along.