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Speak to any startup founder and they will tell you that there is a point where the success of the business is no longer about you, rather it’s about the performance of your team. I can recall exactly when that dawned on me. It was December last year when I was out for Christmas lunch with Nick (my co-founder).
I always sort of acknowledged that the business wouldn’t flourish if we tried to be all over everything – I could talk the talk. But I’d never really committed to walking the walk. So this year I’ve spent a lot less time operating the business and much more time trying to create an environment in which our growing team can thrive. What we’ve done basically splits into the soft stuff (living the values, restructuring how we review people & pay bonuses, changing the expectations around meetings etc) and the hard stuff. More on the soft stuff in a post to follow. Here are my top tips for any CXO on the hard stuff.
A budget FOR constant fun.
Spend time out of the office.
Have non-desk zones in your office space.
Use your walls.
Build massive desks.
I know that none of the above is new or groundbreaking (Google has done it all and much much more). But when you are growing a business, it’s easy to deprioritise budget away from these (they all feel like a luxury) and towards marketing, product or sales. So I hope this is helpful to Founders in a growth stage and maybe even some corporates who could improve the vibe of their space and with it, the effectiveness of their colleagues.
Like our advice? Hear even more at one of our events:
An event was hosted my Natwest called Growing inclusive leadership in Tech. The topic addressed was ‘Key ways to create a positive company culture’
We had the pleasure to co-organise a roundtable breakfast discussion with Learnitect. The topic for the day – Recruiting and Empowering Top Performers
On Thursday 28th September, movemeon and On Purpose hosted an event for consultants and ex-consultants interested in building socially impactful careers. We were joined by Parita Doshi, Seigo Robinson, Sophie Runcorn and Jeroen Sabbe. These are 5 of the evening’s top tips