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How to Build an Effective Startup Team

Once you are done with finding the right people for your startup, the next step is to develop the actual team. Finding the right people is comparatively easier, but when it comes to transform all those right people into a team, it’s challenging. They all are right people, but at the same time, they are different too.

With diversity in work experience, professional  backgrounds and above all the personalities; it’s bit tricky to get them all on same page. But, once you bring them all on the same page by getting them work for a common business goal, you are all done.


Though it’s tough, but not impossible. Building an effective startup team requires you to focus on some key areas, and you will find all the clues to develop an effective team for your startup. These areas are as follows:

  • The business vision and objectives should be reemphasized. Read more about how to train your first employees.
  • Clear responsibilities and authority should be agreed upon. Ideally every new recruit should receive a hard copy of employee handbook along with necessary documents in email .
  • Each team member should have an understanding of the strengths and weaknesses of the other members. It is really useful to do a psychometric test for the team, there is no harm in discussing the results transparently to help the team members understand each other. Moreover, organizing team building activities other than the work specific tasks can be a great way to boost organizational productivity. Employee field day is one most common an easy to organize activity. 
  • Collaborative hiring is becoming more popular, especially among startups. This is a great way to get your existing team members be part of hiring process and increase their confidence while hiring people who can go great with the current team.
  • Schedule efficient induction and training for new members. These 3 employee training tips for new startups and guide on interactive employee training can be quite helpful in this regard.
  • Agree on a specific and clear performance measurement method.
  • Give responsibilities and grant the needed authority to the team. You would certainly love to read how to develop a team of leaders.

The dynamic change in start-ups businesses happens more often. This requires the owner to keep open communication channels with the team to ensure that they are up-to-date with changes that the business is going through. It is even better to include them in the decision to change.

You will get their buy-in easier if they are part of the decision. Encourage transparency, “ask for help” culture, and team social activities. Try to build a friendly comfort working environment where employees feel safe and supported. This environment will keep your people tied to the company because it is rare to find such an environment elsewhere.

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