I love working with passionate, driven, and trustworthy people. People who work hard and who are driven to do their best in all that they are responsible for.
These characteristics are especially important in the context of a fast and growing startup where the problem that is trying to be solved is still being worked on and fleshed out while the people that you have chosen to work with can be the only real element in the equation.
So finding the right people to work ends up being more important than the so-called business objectives and spending a considerable amount of time upfront on massaging the relationships is critical.
I’m a big fan of getting shit done. Full stop. But, I’m not a big fan of the dogmatism around how one gets their stuff done as that should vary from person to person.
Consequently, you won’t ever hear me preach about such and such “GTD” philosophy or really any particular methodology because I believe that every person should build their own customized form of task management for maximum productivity.
That makes sense, right? I mean, everyone is so different and so unique that there could never be a one-size-fits-all solution.
I work for a company that finds itself in a season of obvious scaling. I will have achieved nearly 10X growth with the staff in a calendar year and that’s scary-exciting.
So naturally we’ve discussed as a team the dynamics required to move the company forward optimally as it relates to leadership, management, and the roles and responsibilities that make the most sense for not only our corporate structure but also our corporate culture.
There is no silver bullet, that I know to be 100% true. Consequently, my goal as I oversee our growth is simply this: Encounter and study as many effective models and perspectives as possible so that I might be the most equipped and informed as we make the best decision.
Here’s an interesting one:
A post that has been circulating widely around the internet recently is Eric Schmidt’s rules for email etiquette where he outlines 9 rules that he’s created for himself that has worked with great effectiveness.
The most important and salient one is his first recommendation which I agree with 100%:
It’s almost taboo to be talking about being a “type” of developer, especially when it comes to anything close to “indie” – developers are super-sensitive to the term (overly-sensitive perhaps).
Depending on who you talk to the perspective span the gamut of the internet where, on one hand, talking about being indie automatically disqualifies you from being indie (because others must call you that as you must never self-identify) and on the other where anyone at any time can call themselves indie and get away with it.
Semantics? For some, the answer is a resounding “Yes” while others will crucify you for saying such things as being indie has a clear and definitive definition.
It’s all to heady for me and all the depth required to near-infinite amount of opinions is a colossal waste of time. And… yet… I’m going to take a stab at talking through it a bit.
So much hypocrisy…
I’m not sure there’s anything more important for you to read this week than this essay by Paul Graham, Before the Startup.
There’s just too many gems in here that can and should be applied liberally. It floored me on a number of occasions and has forced me to re-evaluate a number of things that I have done in the past as well as things that I’m currently doing today.
The more I stare at the new-ish iOS 8 design the more I find things that aren’t quite as perfect as I thought they should be.
The avatar, for example, doesn’t seem to align perfectly-well with the name and the top bar / menu icons are no longer that attractive (were they ever)?