You have to be a certain sort of person to get on well in a start-up and there’s no doubt it isn’t a suitable career choice for everyone. I thought a quick “top 5 qualities” may be useful for any of you out there that are wondering if this sort of adventure is for you.
My original list was much longer but I’ve whittled it down to the 5 that matter most to me – I realise that this is personal to me and many of you will have some of your own that you wish to add in the comments section.
Read on if you’ve been bitten by the start-up bug or are thinking you might jump in to the technology bubble that’s rapidly exploding right now.
1. POSITIVITY No-one wants to listen to or work alongside a whinger or sniper. Yeah – things generally aren’t even close to perfect in a start-up environment but get over it & get over yourself & you’ll make a far better team member.
2. HARD WORK No getting away from this one folks. You cannot cover off everything you need to by working 9-5 for 5 days a week. If that’s all you can give, stay well away from start-up land.
3. COMMITMENT I want to know you’re gonna stick around long enough for me to recoup my investment in you – and there will be one. The flip side to that is the minute you’re gone, you’re gone – don’t expect a leaving party & sad farewells in a start-up; no-one has time for that.
4. ENTHUSIASM AND ENERGY Enthusiasm for what we’re all trying to achieve, hunger for success and energy which manifests itself as urgency in all that you do. Don’t come sloping in to work at 9am telling me you are tired. I don’t want to hear it.
5. A SOLUTIONS FOCUSED OUTLOOK Don’t bring me problems. We have millions of those already. Push yourself a bit, work it out & bring me a solution. I like that a lot better.
You’ll note nothing on the list has anything to do with your skills. I guess they’re a given & a secondary consideration.
As always your comments are welcome – keep them coming & I look forward to reading them.