Discussion on the African proverb and why it’s applicable and crucial for most entrepreneurs.
Most entrepreneurs did not start their business because they wanted to lead people and teams. They came up with a solution to a problem, created a product. They had a burning desire to change an industry and conquer a market. Resilient entrepreneurs know their business and work relentlessly.
What does it mean “if you want to go far – go together”
In a global ecosystem, market and customer needs are changing constantly. Working 24/7 as a founder and CEO with answers to most questions, will not function in a fierce scaling situation. You need all hands on the deck; a committed team that works for a common goal in a synchronized manner.
Why is it so hard?
Working 24/7 and “being the jack of all trades” becomes a bottleneck as the founder is immersed in all aspects of the company. There is no time to keep teams aligned, prioritizing over and over again to drive processes that are done daily, weekly, monthly, quarterly. The old linear management style of the industrial age does not work anymore. However, keeping teams aligned and onboarded continuously is what a successful scaling journey demands!
How can you go about it?
In order to get things moving, what matters is to get team buy-in efficiently and in a fun way. We call this team alignment. Get the team focused on core priorities and executing on a joint plan in a coordinated and self-managing manner.
Accept that team alignment takes time and is a joint learning effort accompanied by trial and error. Invest the time needed!
6 step-guide for proper team alignment:
- Find regular and proper time for the core team alignment. Accept that it takes time and some trial and error to create a good routine.
- Document your joint learnings and priorities in order to know what to do after each event. Re-use the documentation to enhance team insights leading to better decisions and a sharpened team focus.
- Listen, do not judge. This is the time to ignite the team with joint understanding, learnings, and energy.
- Plan you agendas together with a smaller task force and assign proper roles, such as secretary (documents), coordinator (make sure the agendas and people are in place) and observer (provides transparent feedback post event to make them better).
- If you feel that this is not your thing, make sure somebody else in the team organizes the effort.
- Go Go Go!
Note! The goal is to get a scaling team that rocks!
Rosebud has created the Rosebud Method & Toolkit to support entrepreneurs with team alignment in an efficient and fun way.
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