At some point in your career, if not already, you will come to the realization that your corporate job, your agency or your greedy once-pure corporate charity need you more than you need them. You’ll begin to feel sick.
For some of us, the sickness comes from a game changing event. You accidentally create a new product or service, discover a new market, or simply get laid off – with few backup options. Whatever the cause, the startup sickness commonly seen in entrepreneurs comes with many “superpower” symptoms, like…
- Market visibility and insights that others seem to miss
- The ability to work hours that put koala nap times to shame
- A need to not only share ideas with strangers – but a gravity of those who hear your ideas
- The raw agility to take on numerous skill sets and roles when a company needs them filled
In your role at one or more businesses, you become a visionary whose contributions are seen by everyone but those at the very top (and even if the latter sees it, they see it too late or respond to effortlessly). You stand as the one innovator, and at this point – your “superpowers” become a burden – often before you’re even aware of it.
The time has come. You’re going it alone, with anyone who wants to come with. Those who don’t… can hire you or partner with you later.
Welcome to Startup Syndrome…
- Anything that can save investors from coming in, you’ll do yourself.
- Anything you don’t yet know, you’ll teach yourself.
- Anyone who criticizes you… is an idiot.
- Anybody else’s concepts or ideas = bush league.
- Anyone who wants to go to sleep, can. Recharging is for batteries.
Now there are many of us blessed with this curse, and doomed by it. But in hopes of keeping you sane, sharp and successful, here are a few things I’ve recently learned about Start-ups and the leaders that keep them moving with upward mobility.
That’s right – you read that correctly. Fire yourself before you burn everything you’re trying to do, and everyone who’s trying to do it along with you, into the ground. I’m not saying quit working – only that every tech startup or small business needs this evolutionary step to survive.
Here’s the business model for how to ease yourself out of becoming the business itself … and in doing so, outperform yourself every day of the week.
- Take yourself OFF THE EMAILS – you know, the hundreds of them you get CC’d on every day?
- Hire a PM or even just an admin to manage day-to-day operations (like replying to those damn emails).
- Develop an organization chart that’s nimble, lean and still carries its weight equally – starting with…
- Hire or designate the training of new people – even use your audience, who should after all be – your partner in profit – right?
- Use the budget if you have it and HIRE SOME PEERS – competition, former colleagues, virtual idea-swapping pen pals, anything but you doing all of it with no ideas to make or execute more effectively.
While there are risks to everything, a Virtual CEO has unlimited benefits to outweigh them. For starters, you’ll minimize cost over short and long terms.
You’ll also enjoy the unique gifts of “super powers” that include…
- Shorter, quicker hiring for necessity versus a market
- A bigger hiring pool that’s more diverse in schools of thought
- No geographical constraint – but tons of local optimization cheap shots available
- Physical Overhead = Nil. Zero office space, no employees clock watching, and no mid-level-for-life managers gossiping or sucking up to get ahead
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