The Marketing Manager gently closes the door behind him, explains it’s been a pleasure working with the team, but he’s been offered a position he can’t refuse and is moving on to new adventures. This position was critical for the company and we needed to find a replacement that could kick big goals. It was one of those decisions where I felt immense pressure to get it right first time.
You have got to really know your stuff. People who make things look easy, work harder, prepare more and take nothing for granted.
Teams with relationships based on trust absolutely rock! I know because I’ve had the privilege of working with a team like this. We out-performed all our competition, we punched well above our weight, we featured in Deloitte’s Top 50 fastest growing companies for 5 straight years and at the same time we had a total bucket load of fun.
Smart people don't need managers or bosses. They need leaders that give them room to grow, learn and achieve results in the best way possible
The command and control method of management has run its course. As machines have taken over the mundane tasks, successful organisations are now based on the talent of the staff.
Hire people better than you. My grandpa always said if you hire someone who knows less than you, how will you ever grow? Managers get scared that someone will take their job so they don't, when in reality it's only affecting their forward progress.
You never know when the next nag is coming, but whenever it does come, you are compelled to respond, even if you have nothing to say. Every time you say "nope, I haven't done it yet" you feel that little less worthwhile and your self-confidence takes a bit of a knock. If they feel the need to nag, I must be letting them down….
If an idea is not ready, you have to give it room to breathe. With the advent of robots everywhere, ideas and creativity are going to become the most precious of assets, and if we are constantly pressed into making decisions by unrealistic deadlines, then we won't find the best ideas for the challenges ahead.
There are countless opportunities to go above and beyond every day. Many of these instances carry a significant degree of risk. It might reflect badly on you if you fail, some of your relationships may be tested, or it might just turn out to be a waste of time. You can find a thousand reasons to decide that this extra responsibility isn't for you...but what if you just did it.
Build a strong team that you can trust. Let them do their job knowing that you're there to support and mentor them along the way. When things don’t go to plan they are often the sharpest ones to deal with the issues.
We're proud to share our latest work that's gone into the app with these major updates since our last blog:
- Sending an Unassigned Mission
- Creating a Personal Mission
- Restricted Users
What success looks like is conventional wisdom that I hope is changing (it still applies but I'd like to see that change!). I think it is really important for each individual to define what success looks like for them, at that stage of their life rather than adopting corporate mantras of promotions, money, status, etc.
The term 'are you on the bus or off the bus' is a marker for failed leadership. If I ever hear that, I instantly feel we've got something wrong. It's a veiled threat that masks a leader who has exhausted all their tools without getting buy-in from the team. It is used by leaders trying to reinforce their own position.
We've learnt some serious lessons over the last 4 months of our startup journey where we've been single mindedly focused on growing our website traffic:
- There is no such thing as SEO
- Google AdWords have traps to steal your money
- Everyone else's growth hacks don't work
- Don't confuse research with moving forward
In the case of students I have a big responsibility to keep them on track and motivated. Milestones can be a way to do this but when they aren’t clear or mutually agreed upon, it rarely works. And when goals are unrealistic and never achieved, it can quickly lead to a pretty negative experience for everybody.
Task management and the beginning of a new year are a natural marriage with all the new years resolutions being formed. We're super happy to be helping you stay true to your commitments and excited to unveil our updates for January.