The Importance of a Good Team is Obvious When Your Time is Short
Updated: Nov 22, 2019
Over the weekend, I got to drive my wife, my mother-in-law, and my firstborn son home for the first time. It was a great early memory for our nuclear family and a happy dad moment for me. Being the founder of a funded and quickly growing startup is a time-intensive endeavor. Before Spenser and I found out we were expecting, my regular work week would more-than-rarely top 100 hours.
Now that we’re home, I’m still aware of the top activities our team still needs to execute on; in the last few weeks we’ve closed one of our largest deals to date in a new vertical, started one of our most important in-field vending deployments in Gimme’s history, and are making a number of high level job offers. It’s a busy time in Gimme’s history!
In the weeks leading up to baby Eliot’s arrival, my team and I prepared: the activities which are most important for the whole organization, a studied review of what each of our roles are, and how responsibilities would grow in my absence.
As I have been reviewing the notes and reports from our team and our leaders, I have witnessed how they’ve executed without me, and in many areas, executed even better. The importance of a good team cannot be overstated — one that is totally aligned on the vision, the objectives, and the core values, one that has your back when things are good and when things are tough — and it’s obvious when you need them the most and when time runs short.
"The importance of a good team cannot be overstated — one that is totally aligned on the vision, the objectives, and the core values... one that has your back when things are good and when things are tough"
As you consider your own team, and your own “Mission to Mars” or even paternity leave, entrepreneurs would be well-served to double-down on their investment in culture, transition B players off the team, and encourage their leaders to take the reins more often.