So you have an idea, maybe it’s even a great one, but that doesn’t matter unless you can build a team to help you create the product or service of your dreams. A team is only as good as its weakest link so make sure you follow these three tips to make your team less like the Maple Leafs and more like the Blue Jays:
1. Size Matters — Just not the way you think
Perhaps in an effort to make sure every task gets taken care of you try to hire a person for every single role, but while that’s certainly intuitive it’s wrong. When your business is starting off — keep your team small. Follow Jeff Bezos’s ‘Two Pizza Rule’; if you can’t have a meeting around two pizzas, your team is too big. Ask the Romans, ask the English, massive size breeds inefficiencies and bureaucracy, eventually you’ll have people doing jobs for the sake of doing jobs. When your start your team hire a group of people who have fluid roles and ensure amongst them all the work gets done. A smaller team is efficient, and communicates well.
2. Mitosis — it’s not just about biology
When your small business finally becomes a big one (read our article on how to that HERE (link), it’s important that you maintain the two pizza approach. As you grow, try to split and create a team for each part of your business you need to be managed. Make sure those teams are small, and can have their own ‘two pizza’ meetings. Then, simply have the leaders of those teams report back to you. This will make work efficient, and will allow for effective communication. We also recommend trying apps like Slack(link to appstore or something) to help your team(s) stay in touch.
3. Go for Fit First — no clever pun here
When you’re interviewing people for your team don’t be wowed by someone’s Ivy League degree: what’s most important is that you have a team whose mindset is the same as yours. That way you can have common goals, and work together towards them. Skills should, of course, matter, but when looking at the skill of candidates, consider that after you narrow down the field to people who ‘fit’ in your organization.