6 Keys to Building a Winning Startup Team

teamwork in business Did you know every job opening attracts around 250 resumes? And that number can feel like hundreds more if you’re in the midst of starting your own company and searching for the perfect startup team. Before you begin reviewing candidates, consider this checklist of tips for developing a top team.

Choose Experts.

Whatever area you’re looking to recruit in, look for experts in their fields. It’s tempting to hire people and then get in the habit of directing them on how you like things done. If you hire experienced professionals, you should trust that they know the best way to do their job. Explain your goals, describe what you hope to achieve and then give them the space to do what they do best!

Build a Culture.

As you build your team, introduce your potential candidates to your existing hires to ensure cultural fit. Today, culture is a big factor in job searches and something potential employees actively research. Set up casual meetings with team members as part of the interview process. Particularly in the start-up phase, personal connections and group dynamics can make or break your success. This awareness of culture will eventually help you create a supportive atmosphere where obstacles and solutions can be openly discussed.

Set Goals and Values.

Successfully managing a team means getting everybody on the same page. Whether it’s a daily stand-up or weekly conferences—make certain everybody understand your goals, your values and your short-term tasks. Consider putting your vision to paper. Not a writer? Online resources such as State of Writing or Viawriting can help you find the words.


Be Brutally Honest.

If you have any doubts during the hiring process or if you realize you hired a bad apple, act swiftly to correct the mistake. Whether an individual is causing conflict or not pulling his or her weight, it’s going to negatively impact the entire team and, eventually, your bottom line.


Give Your Employees Room to Grow.

When choosing your startup team, look for individuals who you can trust to own their responsibilities and who are also open to guidance when needed. You want to give team members room to learn and support to improve their professional skills. An engaged, confident employee leads to a more productive, innovate company.

Take Your Time.

Hiring takes time, resources and more time. Rushing to hire somebody who turns out to be a poor fit only wastes even more time and resources. Remember: The right team will lead your company to success. Don’t settle for an employee who you don’t feel 100% confident in.

Learn more: Check out these Octane articles on hiring from other entrepreneurs and founders.


Written by Brenda Berg for EO. Brenda has more than 15 years of experience in business management, marketing and entrepreneurship. Consultant and tutor for college students and entrepreneurs at Oxessays. She believes that constant learning is the only way to success. You can visit her personal blog at Letsgoandlearn.com.


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