Managing a startup?
Hello Mike and Mark,
I came upon MT a few weeks ago and read a bit. I then downloaded the podcasts and listened to them on a 5 hour car trip. You two are amazing! I wish I had these tools two years ago.
I'm trying to get a startup off the ground, and I've already made my share of mistakes, one resulting in having to fire someone. Lowering the staff by 1/3 was almost deadly. I've never had to be a manager before, and reading books about communciation theories, how I should develop my values etc. is all interesting, but had I known about one on ones, I probably could have had a pretty different outcome. Even if not, your podcast on interviewing was a gem: know WHY you're hiring someone... I know, simple in hindsight but it probably was the basic mistake we've done.
So, without further ado, I just wanted to say great job, and please keep these podcasts coming! I hope to see something geared to small business/start-up issues in the future. How does one design a team from a start of one? How does someone like me, with no management experience, run a team that's absolutely critical to survival?
Is it Monday yet?