Be in Control: How to Effectively Manage Your Startup Team

Starting out, you were the company’s everything – you had no employees or staff to work with or rely upon for assistance. Luckily, that has changed and with it did the extent of your job. Now, the next step is to learn the best ways to effectively manage your new startup team.

  1. Make sure your staff know their positions – at this stage of the startup, it is imperative that your employees each know the perks of the job they specialize in – this might be the part you won’t be able to control. As David Ogilvy famously said, “Hire people who are better than you, then leave them to get on with it.”
  2. Pass on skills and knowledge – this applies to the new staff training and explaining the aspects of the tasks they will have to work with as part of their job. Outline the steps and methods to use to accomplish work assigned to a person, area or group.
  3. Prioritize and stay focused – as it typically happens with startups, your needs are going to be changing as you develop the brand, and by prioritizing and staying on target you will be able to stay on top of everything in the best means possible.
  4. Delegation and sharing the workload – remember that having a solid team behind you, you no longer have to handle the load all on your own. Sharing or delegating work makes you an effective manager as it frees you to switch your focus to areas or aspects of greater importance.
  5. Pay close attention to details – this is an important step even once out of the startup stages. You are responsible for the company and all of its employees, so paying close attention to even the most minor details will enable you to always know how each aspect of the company is performing.
  6. Keep organization in place – this is a necessary step for all types of the companies, not just startups. Hence, if you’re dreaming of growing and developing your business, staying away from chaos and mess will definitely ensure the ability to move forward productively.
  7. Understanding personality types – as the one in charge you are going to be coming into contact with a wide variety of personality types, both open-minded and more reserved, energetic and rather calm. Taking time to understand the differences will help you communicate more efficiently.
  8. Clear communication – clear communication is the number one need of any and all businesses. This pertains not only to staff but to merchants and customers alike. Simple goals, straightforward orders and clear instructions are the way to success.
  9. Set objectives that must be met – setting objectives has two distinctive functions. The first one is to ensure that all tasks awaiting completion are done in a timely and effective manner. The second is an aid to be utilized in the performance of all those that are hired or do jobs for the company (this can also include external vendors and outsourced hires).
  10. Track performance – with any new endeavor it is recommended that the staff is evaluated on a monthly basis for the first six months, and then on a quarterly basis if no major issues have been registered on the way. This will allow you to assess the effectiveness of your team and provide grounds for any necessary changes.

Being in control of a team is not an easy nut to crack, and the task may seem even more challenging when it’s a startup environment you’re operating in. Yet, it’s surely all the more manageable if you know how to approach the problem – and with the above tips put into practice you will have no more reasons to worry. Good luck!

Susanne Loxton

Susanne Loxton is a business enthusiast who combines her interest in career and development with a passion for writing. On a daily basis, Susanne works for Aubiz, a compendium of knowledge about companies in her native Australia.