Starting up a functioning organization has never been so easy. Gone are the days when a team consisted of a group of individuals working all together locally with every activity being closely monitored by supervisors. The Internet has made the outsourcing of various traditional business practices a much simpler process than could have ever been imagined. And while this means that a more diverse group of talented individuals can be engaged to work on projects remotely, the challenges faced by a project manager are still the same.
Company culture is often assumed to be positive, but company culture can be as harmful as it is helpful. If you want to design a culture, company and environment that will entice top industry talent to stick around and truly care about the organization they work for, you need to create a great place to work. That means a place where people feel safe, a place where it is okay to take a chance and risk failure and a place where information is shared, talent is grown and co-workers are supportive.
Every company strives for great, positive and nurturing culture–but few organizations actually achieve it. It’s not possible to have a company without culture but if you don’t design it, it will haphazardly appear based on the people working for you and how they choose to get things done—creating a culture by happenstance, not design.
No matter what size your company is — a three-person start-up or a $500 million enterprise — managing people is one of the most challenging aspects for any business. Even with the best of intentions, it is difficult to establish clear communication between employees, accountability for work and timely and meaningful performance reviews. Without these parameters in place, people can easily become unmotivated, bored and begin searching for other opportunities. So what do you do to effectively manage tasks and assignments? I believe it’s part science and part art and can be implemented by following these seven essential rules