Thinking of start-ups brings the image of extremely talented and ingenious people who create a big venture from an idea. Of course the inspiring hands behind the growth of any start-up are no doubt the very backbone of the organisation but the real essence of any venture lies in the team which works round the clock for churning out success. It wouldn’t come as much of a surprise if it’s stated that choosing the right team is the most crucial step towards building a start-up.
Here is a list of a few points that will validate this fact:
Your team, your strength- The real strength of a start-up lies in the talent, dedication and discipline of the team which is working behind its manoeuvre. It is the combined effort of a few hundred or even a handful, but the benefits are reaped out of the joint endeavours of the team only. Undoubtedly, the whole team represents the spirit of the organisation as a unit.
Hire only what you need- You might come across people who are exceptionally talented, skilled in the rarest of fields but they are absolutely worthless if what they’ve got is not what you’re looking for. It is essential to hire only what you need and whom you need. Someone who has slight shortcomings but is versed with the talent you need at your workplace will eventually catch upon their weaknesses in comparison with someone who is exceptional at something which is of no use for your start-up.
Experience matters- Freshly hired people can be a delight to work with as they bring with them inexhaustible store of enthusiasm and energy, but at the same time they lack experience and might need to be instructed over and over again. Juxtaposed against inexperienced recruits, experienced people tend to harness their energies in a more productive manner. In addition they have the benefit of being well-versed with certain circumstances which they might have dealt with prior to their joining the start-up.
Creative hiring- Hiring a team can be in itself a tedious procedure and analysing whether a particular candidate is right for the post or not can be a little tough. Hirers can use a number of creative methods of hiring for making the process more fun and efficient. By putting the potential candidates to a number of creative tests, varied outputs related to their calibre, aptitude and skills can be derived.
Don’t sport an ‘I’ personality, choose to be ‘Us’- As a team-leader and the head of the start-up, one should never engross themselves in the ‘I’ ideology. Every team-leader himself should feel as a part of the team, something which gives an unspoken sense of unity to the start-up. On a more personal level a closely knit team is bound to the start-up and every member tends to grow parallel to the organisation.
Building trust- The right team confides in the leader and the leader in turn is confident of his team. Every successful company was once nurturing in the bud-stage where they just had a handful of people working under the guidance of a few. Until you don’t have grand monetary outputs, all you can pin you hopes on is ‘mutual trust’; and a good team totally gets that!