While agencies might seem more expensive at face value, even if you work mostly with one person, you are typically getting the benefit of a team’s breadth and depth of knowledge, perspective, and expertise.
In our effort to build lean teams, we tend to underinvest in team-building. We overload our teams with too much complexity and too many areas of responsibility without the frameworks or systems to support them or enable them to have sounding boards and forums for healthy discussion.
If you’re building a people-first organization, you will grow faster and require less operational oversight if you develop and encourage a first-principles mindset in your team.
As I strive at Lucid to build a healthier, people-first organization, I have been reflecting on some core principles of building a great team.
I often reflect on the loneliness of the journey for founders but I am curious to understand if this is an issue for those of you working in teams as well?
Does anyone have great examples of simple, well-structured bonus plans, phantom stock options, profit-sharing, etc. for digital agencies?
It’s easy to forget that the people we are interacting with each day have their own stresses and anxieties and challenges that they bring to the table (or the Zoom call!).
One thing is clear to me, though: rather than establishing rules for how employees should relate to one another or what they can discuss, surely the best approach is to encourage a culture of mutual empathy and integrity and respect.
How many agency owners can honestly say they have perfected their process and everything runs smoothly and efficiently?
A tough challenge of leadership is how does one determine where the lines blur between anxiety and simply caring a lot! When does thinking about work and work-related problems after work and on weekends morph from being inspired and committed, to being preoccupied and not being able to switch off?