It’s funny how ideas long thought dead come back, blinking awake again. One of the challenges I find in StartUpLand is trying to kick habits that produce tangible results short-term at the expense of long-term growth. Tendencies like making an employee multi-task on various roles – i.e my developer answering the phones, helping pitch projects, as well as coding. This was “necessary” when we were lean and tight-knit and in the early stages of getting it done, son! These days, the budgets are bigger, the roles are more specialized, but I still find this zombie-idea rise up again in the conference room.
It’s hard to put to rest old habits like these because they’re part of the recipe of what made the company a success today. But sticking these old methods will only lead to disaster. I’m making a concerted effort to think how the company should be six months from now, and laying the groundwork for that structure TODAY. It’s the only way I can think to kick these zombie habits. As FakeGrimlock says BUILD FOR TODAY GUARANTEE YOU OBSOLETE BY TOMORROW.