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4 Ways To Manage Organization In A Start-Up

4 Ways To Manage Organization In A Start-Up

Our world is moving faster and continuously progressing in terms of innovation and creation. In this world, the newest yet fastest growing market is the Start-Up network. Our millennial’s, the youth of this century are moving faster than light, in producing new ideas, innovation and creation. Everyone’s different but fighting for the same purpose better health, education, travels, comfort, and happiness.

Often times handling a Start-Up can be as hard as giving birth. Physically the pain may not compare but emotionally and mentally, it’s the same concept of bringing a new life to planet earth. The time, dedication, passion, and love may eventually surpass all expectations; however, the question has always been on how do you keep everything on track?

How does organizing a Start-Up work? What you need to know and what you need to understand becomes a challenge in this journey. Fortunately, after discussing with a variety of Start-Up founders, developers and entrepreneurs here are a few tips on how you can keep your foundation on the right track.

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1. Team Communication Is Essential.

In life, communication becomes the by-laws humans live by. It’s a method used to understand, integrate and to listen to various voices without any biases. In a relationship or at work communication is key to success; it puts away differences and avoids unnecessary misunderstandings that could result in the lack of productivity and efficiency.

Therefore, this same concept applies with a start-up, a start-up usually consist of a small number of employees or better yet team members. Usually, it’s the people we trust the most and the pivotal structure in ensuring the success of any Start-Up. As the founder, it becomes your responsibility to create an ambiance, which allows the freedom of communication and understanding.

This way of management allows tasks to be delegated easily and leads to a solid organization instead of a messy one. Hence in the future it will help you to avoid any misunderstandings and will lead to a greater success,

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2. Don’t Allow Everyone To Make Decisions In The Terms Of Accounting.

Even though communication is a key point in progress, finances should be between two parties. The concept of too many cooks’ ruins the soup applies in this delicate situation. As in the beginning of a start-up, financial decisions become important factors that decides the fate of your start-up for the next 3-4 years, hence making the right call at the right time becomes necessary.

Therefore, instead of involving the whole team in a financial decision, it would be best if things were kept simple between you and your accountant. This allows you to keep an open mind and reduces the stress of influence in the finance department in making any decisions. Furthermore, this method avoids conflict of interest among any parties.

For a Start-Up to grow and prosper, the accounting team should be the secret weapon used to conquer.

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3. Keep A Tracking Method For Logistics.

In the start of an organization, resources may be scarce and keeping track of all the incoming and outgoing logistics may proof to be a challenge. In the 80’s bookkeepers and secretaries used to handle the noting down and the tagging of all logistics, however often time human errors proved to be greater. This has led to many losses, misunderstandings, disappointments and demises of progressive start-ups in the past.

However, over the years, technology has become better with the formation of apps and tools that help track your logistics in your office. You will be able to organize all your logistics, from the borrowed to the bought and to the sold, reducing your risks of running into any human error.

Furthermore, this reduces the burden on your team, which could utilize this time in an efficient manner. Why use unnecessary labor if you have technology to make your life easier.

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4. Be a Delegation Master.

In a company, the beginning is as extreme as walking through a tornado. However having a team isn’t as easy as being a solo-prenuer. As a solo-prenuer you’re entirely responsible for yourself, you aren’t in the jeopardy of deciding over others lives or their livelihood hence it takes the stress out of running your own business.

For any entrepreneur, in the start, the ability to trust and the ability to delegate would seem to be a challenge. This is because we are used to hovering over everyone and having a hands on approach. However, delegation of tasks and keeping track of them is a necessary factor as it shows the trust you put in your team as well as allows you to focus on far more important tasks.

“It’s all about the delegation” has become the motto many live by as a way to understand the importance of teamwork and sustainability.

It’s easier said than done, starting out in a field often times becomes a challenge however with these tips it definitely becomes easier to organize your Start-Up as well as to encourage it to a greater success and expand its potential.

Featured photo credit: Olu Eletu via images.unsplash.com

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Last Updated on February 11, 2021

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

Easily Misunderstood by Others? 6 Barriers You Should Overcome to Make Communication Less Frustrating

How often have you said something simple, only to have the person who you said this to misunderstand it or twist the meaning completely around? Nodding your head in affirmative? Then this means that you are being unclear in your communication.

Communication should be simple, right? It’s all about two people or more talking and explaining something to the other. The problem lies in the talking itself, somehow we end up being unclear, and our words, attitude or even the way of talking becomes a barrier in communication, most of the times unknowingly. We give you six common barriers to communication, and how to get past them; for you to actually say what you mean, and or the other person to understand it as well…

The 6 Walls You Need to Break Down to Make Communication Effective

Think about it this way, a simple phrase like “what do you mean” can be said in many different ways and each different way would end up “communicating” something else entirely. Scream it at the other person, and the perception would be anger. Whisper this is someone’s ear and others may take it as if you were plotting something. Say it in another language, and no one gets what you mean at all, if they don’t speak it… This is what we mean when we say that talking or saying something that’s clear in your head, many not mean that you have successfully communicated it across to your intended audience – thus what you say and how, where and why you said it – at times become barriers to communication.[1]

Perceptual Barrier

The moment you say something in a confrontational, sarcastic, angry or emotional tone, you have set up perceptual barriers to communication. The other person or people to whom you are trying to communicate your point get the message that you are disinterested in what you are saying and sort of turn a deaf ear. In effect, you are yelling your point across to person who might as well be deaf![2]

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The problem: When you have a tone that’s not particularly positive, a body language that denotes your own disinterest in the situation and let your own stereotypes and misgivings enter the conversation via the way you talk and gesture, the other person perceives what you saying an entirely different manner than say if you said the same while smiling and catching their gaze.

The solution: Start the conversation on a positive note, and don’t let what you think color your tone, gestures of body language. Maintain eye contact with your audience, and smile openly and wholeheartedly…

Attitudinal Barrier

Some people, if you would excuse the language, are simply badass and in general are unable to form relationships or even a common point of communication with others, due to their habit of thinking to highly or too lowly of them. They basically have an attitude problem – since they hold themselves in high esteem, they are unable to form genuine lines of communication with anyone. The same is true if they think too little of themselves as well.[3]

The problem: If anyone at work, or even in your family, tends to roam around with a superior air – anything they say is likely to be taken by you and the others with a pinch, or even a bag of salt. Simply because whenever they talk, the first thing to come out of it is their condescending attitude. And in case there’s someone with an inferiority complex, their incessant self-pity forms barriers to communication.

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The solution: Use simple words and an encouraging smile to communicate effectively – and stick to constructive criticism, and not criticism because you are a perfectionist. If you see someone doing a good job, let them know, and disregard the thought that you could have done it better. It’s their job so measure them by industry standards and not your own.

Language Barrier

This is perhaps the commonest and the most inadvertent of barriers to communication. Using big words, too much of technical jargon or even using just the wrong language at the incorrect or inopportune time can lead to a loss or misinterpretation of communication. It may have sounded right in your head and to your ears as well, but if sounded gobbledygook to the others, the purpose is lost.

The problem: Say you are trying to explain a process to the newbies and end up using every technical word and industry jargon that you knew – your communication has failed if the newbie understood zilch. You have to, without sounding patronizing, explain things to someone in the simplest language they understand instead of the most complex that you do.

The solution: Simplify things for the other person to understand you, and understand it well. Think about it this way: if you are trying to explain something scientific to a child, you tone it down to their thinking capacity, without “dumbing” anything down in the process.[4]

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Emotional Barrier

Sometimes, we hesitate in opening our mouths, for fear of putting our foot in it! Other times, our emotional state is so fragile that we keep it and our lips zipped tightly together lest we explode. This is the time that our emotions become barriers to communication.[5]

The problem: Say you had a fight at home and are on a slow boil, muttering, in your head, about the injustice of it all. At this time, you have to give someone a dressing down over their work performance. You are likely to transfer at least part of your angst to the conversation then, and talk about unfairness in general, leaving the other person stymied about what you actually meant!

The solution: Remove your emotions and feelings to a personal space, and talk to the other person as you normally would. Treat any phobias or fears that you have and nip them in the bud so that they don’t become a problem. And remember, no one is perfect.

Cultural Barrier

Sometimes, being in an ever-shrinking world means that inadvertently, rules can make cultures clash and cultural clashes can turn into barriers to communication. The idea is to make your point across without hurting anyone’s cultural or religious sentiments.

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The problem: There are so many ways culture clashes can happen during communication and with cultural clashes; it’s not always about ethnicity. A non-smoker may have problems with smokers taking breaks; an older boss may have issues with younger staff using the Internet too much.

The solution: Communicate only what is necessary to get the point across – and eave your personal sentiments or feelings out of it. Try to be accommodative of the other’s viewpoint, and in case you still need to work it out, do it one to one, to avoid making a spectacle of the other person’s beliefs.[6]

Gender Barrier

Finally, it’s about Men from Mars and Women from Venus. Sometimes, men don’t understand women and women don’t get men – and this gender gap throws barriers in communication. Women tend to take conflict to their graves, literally, while men can move on instantly. Women rely on intuition, men on logic – so inherently, gender becomes a big block in successful communication.[7]

The problem: A male boss may inadvertently rub his female subordinates the wrong way with anti-feminism innuendoes, or even have problems with women taking too many family leaves. Similarly, women sometimes let their emotions get the better of them, something a male audience can’t relate to.

The solution: Talk to people like people – don’t think or classify them into genders and then talk accordingly. Don’t make comments or innuendos that are gender biased – you don’t have to come across as an MCP or as a bra-burning feminist either. Keep gender out of it.

And remember, the key to successful communication is simply being open, making eye contact and smiling intermittently. The battle is usually half won when you say what you mean in simple, straightforward words and keep your emotions out of it.

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