It has always amazed me how many entrepreneurs honestly believe that the people they hire will morph into a creative, productive team with no management effort.
They class themselves as “leaders,” but see “management” as a need and function of large/old companies—not startups.
They say they hire self-starters and these people don’t need to be managed; as long as they understand the vision they are self-propelled.
They talk about connecting their people through social networks, Twitter, texting and other modern tools.
And if (when) that doesn’t work they term them fools and dump them.
But the old adage “give a fool a tool and you still have a fool” still applies.
First, for them to actually be fools means you hired fools.
If you don’t believe that you are guilty of hiring fools then what you have are talented lost souls looking for a path to productivity and personal satisfaction.
People want to do their work well and they want to feel good about what they do; they care about their company’s success.
It’s not simple or easy or even much fun, but your real job as a founder is guiding your people out of fooldom and into becoming a powerful team.
Not every startup succeeds, but no startup succeeds sans management—whether you call it that or not.
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