Readers are invited to submit a question which we will then pose to one of our Forbes Councils members. This group is full of knowledge and experience — we’re eager to share their insights with you.
Question: How Do I Keep My Team at Their Best As We Build Capacity?
My company is growing fast, and as we take on more projects and more people, I’m concerned that we will lose cohesiveness. How can I keep my team operating at peak performance?
Meet our Executive: Solon Angel, Founder and Chief Strategy Officer, Mindbridge AI
Solon Angel, Forbes Finance Council, is a visionary entrepreneur with an obsession for exponential growth and solving big problems. He is the founder of MindBridge AI, a human-centric AI platform delivering intelligence from datasets which require traditionally visualization or IT specialists. Solon is a proponent of hiring the best leaders and team members and letting them do what they do best.
Answer: Emphasize Personal Excellence and Company Values
Growing personally while contributing to business growth is one of the most challenging and rewarding experiences one can go through. Startups are particularly fertile ground for this opportunity. In order to achieve a sound balance between personal growth and collective growth with a minimum amount of friction, the CEO of MindBridge AI, Eli Fathi, set out early to define what eventually became the pillars of our culture. What started simply as the “No Jerks Allowed” rule became an elaborate set of values.
These values were anchored early on: managing expectations and not people, measuring results and not activity at all times, and fiercely fostering a culture of mentoring — even when it’s easier said than done.
We are blessed with a team that always remind each other about how important our values are. There is nothing more demanding than fostering great interpersonal relationships, and the reward for being willing to learn from others is often life-long friendships that transcend business or any challenges of the day.