Working alone can be absolutely great. It gives you space to do everything just as you like it. You don’t have to ask others for their opinion or permission. You can change anything you don’t like. However, I don’t think there is anything that can teach you more than working with others. Also, your potential scale and reach with multiple people is just bigger.
Building great teams is a skill. If you let it all happen, worst case the team won’t function at all. Best case someone else is going to pull the team along and do some of the work for you.
So this week, we’ll dive into a couple of things that can help you invest and build a better team.
The first thing I’d like to talk about is the importance of having a common vision. Some time ago, I asked all our developers at Blendle “what do you think is our most important metric”. There were a couple overlapping answers, but most of them were different. This is a problem. My point:
- You probably need to talk more about what your vision for the team is (if you’re the leader).
- You probably can benefit by getting the team together and have a good chat about what you together as a team see as your mission.
People get motivated if they know the big picture, the why. This brings the team together and creates focus.