How to “manage” the co-founder of you?

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everybody to “co-founder” this vocabulary is a love-hate relationship is not strange. On the one hand, it promote the development of the company, on the other hand it also to the enterprise personnel management increased the difficulty. Today let’s co-founder to explore how to more scientific management, to make them better service for startups!

in fact, before the founders need to manage employees, they must learn to manage each other. In fact, in a company is also the most early, founder of only two or three bad management usually leads to the destruction of the company. Of course the management is difficult to appear.

although the management of the company’s co-founder is important and difficult, but most of what I see management advice is all about or supervisor in staff management. This is very useful, but it is not the top priority. I read about this stage management experience in general are “will it as a kind of relationship.” That’s right, but also is only some help.

seems difficult management, co-founder of the following reasons:

1. Initially, directly under within the team, there is no clear hierarchy. One of the founders is likely to be a CEO, but this does not mean that the person is the best managers or is the most suitable products to lead the work, the promotion of sales or design.

2. Co-founder few or other things of experience in staff management. They are just on business while learning. There are a lot of good method can be used on the management, but they need time to learn and practice.

3. Co-founder often don’t think they need to manage the staff, because they are all in the same team, pursue the same dream.

4. Startups are always under great pressure, and the pressure can make people make the wrong decision, can’t control my temper. Those little mistakes will be enlarged.

5. Communication is more difficult than you expect, even if only two people in your team.

6. Determined to start from scratch to establish a target billion dollar companies need strong self-confidence. And as a result, many entrepreneurs have become conceited. Every progress or raise awareness leads to the entrepreneurs ego inflation. Failure, exposure and privacy can inhibit self, at the same time will blow a person’s mood. The roller-coaster experience can make people nervous, at the same time also can let you unremitting struggle.

7. Department’s duties are often not quite sure. Which can also cause department, produce a sense of invasion as well as take advantage of an opportunity of microcosmic management.

8. To be in small teams to create a decision-making opinions very hard commonly, especially when is divided, tends to be upgraded to a confrontation.

there are many other factors can explain the difficulty of management, co-founder. Fortunately, the solutions to these questions clearly is much more simple than the problem itself. Find the root cause of these problems and solve them than all kinds of external form to solve these problems are also more simple.

open dialog to create a good working environment is the most important factor, it also provides a stepping stone to other things. It is more important than between co-founder can love each other. If co-founder is not enough to just agree with friendly exchanges, generally speaking, when necessary, the basis of this and can’t meet the needs of the dialogue. Need to establish a regular dialogue mechanism between co-founder, each other regularly discuss the affairs of the company.

usually, this dialogue means out of the office can be helpful, especially when there are staff to join. Away from the office of the conversation is interrupted the possibility of a smaller, it will also reduce the tension of conversation, people, especially for those who are unable to express himself. My co-founder and I are very glad to work here. The company next door has a coffee shop, restaurant, downstairs is a bar across the street. According to the length of dialogue, we can easily choose a different place. However, we recognize that frequently during work time disappear from small office is unwise, which makes the company of other people’s resentment. If you find that you can’t very sincerely with you, co-founder of speak freely, even outside the office, then you came.

in a startup, most early, when an idea into a company, you may start your first slightly difficult conversations: you and you need to divide responsibility’s co-founder, distribution of target and the need to complete the task of achieving those goals. On a personal and general control of the company need to establish a decision-making body. Want to achieve this, one part will depend on the CEO, another part of depends on the product, engineering, or the head of the sales. These characters, may be the same person as the corresponding post responsibility divided not for someone.

if people feel they have been left out of the decision should be put forward, the conversation could be controversial. Want to a man it’s really hard to give up power, but in order to establish an effective management mechanism that must follow.

needs to be part of divided responsibility and task ahead is the set goals for you and your co-founder. Management co-founder is not easy, you can’t count on how simple it is. When you are in the final decision for the new product debate, you’ll find that management, co-founder of how difficult it is. One of my co-founder once because I unilaterally modify products without informing him and a big fight with me. Even though he agreed that I have the final say, I still failed to convince his my point of view, but ultimately failed to establish how to produce the right product decisions.

the fact is, understand management, co-founder of how difficult it is just one of the biggest shocks in the work together with others. For these, have reasonable expectations are very helpful. Know that ahead of time, will make you struggle, angry, and constantly struggle, at the same time to each question on a meaningful background to consider. Solves these problems by certain strategies and means that these problems will not or is largely won’t drag you down.

although you will find some of your own strategy, but to completely on their own to come up with them is a waste of time. Management is a repeatable and proven process, because it is an expression of individual style. Processes can be basically adapted from general management literature, but I can find more useful with a trusted mentor. The best situation is all founders are rely on the teacher, so that they can learn the same course, when necessary, let the teacher ACTS as an impartial mediator.

it is not easy to want to find a good mentor. As the YC may get you a good teacher, but it is certainly not the only way. Ideally, you want to find a have experienced similar situation you are about to experience. In the stage of your career development, you also want to be able to have several different areas of the teacher. Just started early in the company, each founder may manages dozens or hundreds of employees, and to recommend to you at this time the teacher may not be the one you want. You face the challenge of different, then suggest that is not the same.

even with this framework, the management of your co-founder is still not easy, with the increase of the large companies, the pressure it more difficult. When things started towards the wrong direction, stress the misunderstanding will be magnified many times, actually did not change anything. You might to fight may also be something important for some irrelevant things brawl. That’s not a problem is also very normal. Just make sure you will continue to talk about him, to adapt to him, and promoting the development of your company to go ahead. Your goal should not be let you and co-founder of relationship more harmonious. Your goal should be to form a manageable working relationship.

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