𝗖𝗼𝗹𝗹𝗮𝗯𝗼𝗿𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗶𝗻 𝗧𝗲𝗮𝗺𝘀 𝗹𝗶𝗸𝗲 𝘆𝗼𝘂'𝗿𝗲 𝗦𝗰𝗮𝗹𝗶𝗻𝗴 𝗮 𝗠𝗼𝘂𝗻𝘁𝗮𝗶𝗻
As startups grow, you must form distinct teams. However, initially you may generate more problems than you solve.
Cross-team collaboration leads to powerful innovation, improved workflow, and fast feedback to prevent and fix precipitous issues.
To reach new heights, check your conditions and gear:
𝗦𝗽𝗲𝗮𝗸 𝘁𝗵𝗲 𝗦𝗮𝗺𝗲 𝗟𝗮𝗻𝗴𝘂𝗮𝗴𝗲: Start with the same vision, values, and strategy so everyone knows how the business grows holistically.
𝗖𝗿𝗲𝗮𝘁𝗲 𝗮 𝗖𝗵𝗮𝗿𝘁𝗲𝗿: Draft a document together that defines purpose, roles, expectations, budget, and constraints. Everyone then signs.
𝗦𝗵𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝗖𝘂𝘀𝘁𝗼𝗺𝗲𝗿 𝗝𝗼𝘂𝗿𝗻𝗲𝘆: Understand how your clients will succeed. Focus on identifying and thrilling clients which add value.
𝗗𝗲𝗳𝗶𝗻𝗲 𝗥𝗼𝗹𝗲𝘀: Ensure everyone knows how they AND others can succeed. Hire people with the skills to communicate and cooperate.
𝗔𝗹𝗶𝗴𝗻 𝗠𝗲𝘁𝗿𝗶𝗰𝘀: Build platforms across teams offering full visibility. Base rewards on behaviors and results which improve the company.
𝗢𝗽𝘁𝗶𝗺𝗶𝘇𝗲 𝗙𝗲𝗲𝗱𝗯𝗮𝗰𝗸: Measure progress and efficiency. Solicit insights from everyone. Acknowledge when reaching milestones.
Even with these steps, 𝙙𝙤𝙬𝙣𝙨𝙞𝙙𝙚𝙨 𝙩𝙤 𝙘𝙤𝙡𝙡𝙖𝙗𝙤𝙧𝙖𝙩𝙞𝙤𝙣 can exist:
Time – Teamwork requires more planning and discussion, so build in extra time for realistic milestones
Effort – More people likely means more disputes, so commit to addressing issues immediately with all parties
Communication – Less contact as teams specialize, so set expectations early and give updates regularly
Costs – New systems to share and monitor projects, so clarify the needs and then invest in the right tools
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