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Configure Your Startup Team: 10 Reasons to Hire the Well Travelled

When it comes to startup hiring, most of the entrepreneurs find it difficult to find the right candidates for their companies. A startup employee must possess many professional and personal traits, which can make them the perfect fit for a growing business, but these traits are difficult to find in many of the candidates.

In entrepreneurship, the university degree do not matter as much as the experience that the person has. Talent and personality are what matter more than certificates and degrees. Continue reading

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Four Awesome Tools to Help You Stay Connected With Your Team

Nowadays, most entrepreneurs embrace the remote way of working in their startup culture and often their employees are situated in out-of-office environment. On the other hand, many entrepreneurs are traveling very often, are away on business meetings and attending important events which makes it difficult to monitor the team work closely. Luckily, we are living in technology driven era and everything is possible if you have the right tools for it. Here you can find four awesome tools that will help you stay in touch with your team members wherever you or they are located at the moment. Continue reading

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The key to strong team building: Leadership and inspiration

The company culture of a startup can be different in so many levels and ways from the company culture of all big organizations and large companies. Entrepreneurs are fully responsible for the success or the failure of their company and one of their biggest assets is the strong and highly motivated team. Hiring the right people is just not enough, entrepreneurs must know how to manage, lead, inspire and motivate their employees in order to build strong team with devoted members. Continue reading

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10 Quotes That Will Help You Handle Workplace Conflict

One of the most important ingredients of every successful business venture is the existence of cohesive team. But sometimes, especially when the business grows and the expansion of the team is inevitable, it happens different conflicts between the team members to occur. And some of these conflicts can be very harmful for the startup, can slow down the work process and can lead to insuperable outcomes. Here you can find 10 timeless quotes that will help you to handle workplace conflict.

“The Law of win/win says: Let’s not do it your way or my way; let’s do it the best way.” Greg Anderson

“There are two ways of meeting difficulties: You alter the difficulties or you alter yourself meeting them.” Phyllis Bottome

“Power in organizations is the capacity generated by relationships. It is an energy that comes into existence through relationships.” Margaret Wheatley

“When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.” Dale Carnegie

“A good manager doesn’t try to eliminate conflict; he tries to keep it from wasting the energies of his people. If you’re the boss and your people fight you openly when they think that you are wrong-that’s healthy.” Robert Townsend

“Where all think alike, no one thinks very much.” Walter Lippmann

“In business, when two people always agree, one of them is irrelevant.” William Wrigley

“When you realize you’ve made a mistake, make amends immediately. It’s easier to eat crow while it’s still warm.” Dan Heist

“Peace is not absence of conflict, it is the ability to handle conflict by peaceful means.” Ronald Reagan

“10% of conflicts are due to difference in opinion. 90% are due to wrong tone of voice.” Unknown

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How to choose a co-founder for your startup

We have already discussed how your startup can benefit from having a co-founder and today we will focus on the process of choosing the right person and what do you need to look for in a co-founder. Choosing a co-founder is not like hiring your first employee, so it needs special attention and a lot of thought.

History

Choose someone that you have already crossed your roads with, someone that you have worked or studied with, someone whom you have known for a while and have seen them in action. When you are familiar with the person’s personality, vision and skills, it is easier to make your decision. It is a long term relationship, so you need to know your partner well before you make huge commitment. You don’t marry someone you have just met, right?

Vision

You must look at the same direction and share mutual business understanding. If you are leading your company to two (or more) different directions, the growth of the business will suffer, the employees and investors will be confused and the whole structure, which you are trying to build, will fall apart. Choose your co-founder wisely according to their vision and understanding of your idea and the purpose of the startup. They must share the same motivation level as you do in order to handle alongside you the challenges of the entrepreneurial world.

Something extra

As an entrepreneur, you are familiar with your strengths and weaknesses. Find the skill set balance for your startup by choosing a person who can bring on what you lack of. If you are great at management, but lack technical skills, a tech person will be great co-founder for your startup. Look for complimentary skills which can be essential for the growth of the company.

Reliability and trustworthiness

Your business’ success is in your hands and soon to be in the hands of your co-founder as well. Feeling secure, especially in such an uncertain business atmosphere, is essential factor for your choice. Seek someone you can completely trust. You can feel confident in your choice only if you choose a reliable and trustworthy person to become the co-founder of your startup venture.

Flexible and open-minded

Choosing a partner for your business demands good view over the qualities of the person and his ability to match closely your vision, business mission and, last but not least, your personality. Look for open-mined sense-makers who know what empathy is. There is no place for Ego fights in business so choose your co-founder according to his ability to embrace the equal levels of both co-founders.

Take your time when choosing your co-founder because you are about to make big step and you will save yourself a lot of headaches in the future if you make the right decision now.

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Quick Guide to Making the Most of Your Next Meeting

Effectiveness and efficiency: these are the two key words, which all successful entrepreneurs try to implement in every aspect of their company. In our technology-revolutionized times, the “old-fashioned” office meetings are often considered as unnecessarily and time-consuming events that constantly don’t lead to any specific positive outcomes and rarely result in the discovery of important problem solutions. But office meetings are inevitable part of every successful business model and you, as an ambitious entrepreneur, should know how to make the most of every team meeting.

Here you can find a quick guide with some simple steps to follow, which will help you make the most of your next team meeting.

1. Invite only the people who need be there. Respect the time of your employees and make sure that you invite to the meeting the people who can contribute to the meeting, who are related to the subject and can benefit from being present.

2. Be specific. When you send the invitation email, make sure that you have written clear subject line, which will clearly highlight the purpose of the meeting. Do it in order to avoid confusion and to help your employee to prepare better.

3. The timing matters. Make sure that you schedule the meetings in the most suitable time for every invited person.

4. Establish clear time frame. Plan the whole meeting, how long it will go on, how much time every part of the meeting will take and so on.

5. Never be late. It is disrespectful to the people. Don’t waste their time.

6. Avoid unnecessarily and unproductive chatter, which is time consuming.

7. In the beginning of the meeting, introduce the people with the agenda once again, share with them the planned time frame and set the course of the meeting.

8. Listen to what has been said. Meetings are not effective if the people, who are attending, do not listen and respond to the information they have been given.

9. Always wrap up the meeting. Make sure that you have a good closure to the meeting. Ask if there is something unclear, if anyone have questions and summarize the final outcome of the meeting.

10. Follow up when needed. If the meeting was very important, it is always a good idea to send to all people, who were present at the meeting, a follow up email with all the steps that need to be taken. It will be good remained of what has been said and will help the team members to include the new tasks in their schedules.