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Startups need these Five Types of Employees

Startups need these Five Types of Employees

The success of any startup company is based on their creativity, their direction and the strategies that they can apply to consolidate in the market. Nevertheless, there are some very important aspects for the growth and success of businesses or emerging startups: the employees. For this reason, and many others we must know and understand the fact that there are several kinds of employees in the market, and here is a list of five of them, you should have in your company in order to achieve as much success as possible.

1. The challenger

Having employees that fully support the decisions of the high ranks is a benefit for the harmony of the company. Still, a certain amount of defiance or contradiction is always needed to improve the decision-making process in an startup company.

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In this matter, comes the challenger. This type of employee who oversees talking and challenging the state and direction in which the startup company is or is going. These persons show personality and own thinking that will touch you, and of which will bring a lot of advantage and support for your new business. We all need to work in the reality and our own employees can help us to stay in it.

2. The optimist

Every startup company or business will have bad experiences and failures, for which they need a person who fights until the end and never lets go. We are talking about the optimist, a person that always finds a silver lining in the worst situations.

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In many occasions the problems will generate a negative impact on the employee’s morale, that can lead to low levels in productivity. The optimist will take care of keeping afloat its work companions making them look at the good things, his main function is to encourage teammates so the company has a positive attitude.

3. The multitasker

The owners of startup companies need a team that is capable to fulfill different roles in the company. A multitask employee will allow a business to reach goals, to deal with plenty of situations of different kinds and to make the rest of the staff believe that it is actually a very competitive place to work. The multi-functional employee takes care of this, he or she can help in what is needed right now and is a necessary requirement for every emerging startup. This type of employee is ideal to lead teams at work and to have delegated functions in the office.

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4. The seeker of knowledge

There are employees who feel a great passion for their job and are always desiring to learn more each day. The seeker of knowledge is never satisfied, takes extra courses and studies major degrees. They are natural lifelong learners, motivated by a combination of curiosity and a deep desire for personal and professional growth.

This attitude is beneficial for your startup company and can be contagious. Besides, this kind of employee is usually on top of every technological advances and tendencies, so they keep their coworkers up to date and can even motivate all employees to have this kind of passion .

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5. The mentor

In many occasions, we hire staff without a lot of experience and this can hurt and increase the cost of running our business, if we don’t have a developing program or prepare the staff. In this moment, the mentor shines, and becomes a business saver. This character takes care of transmitting all his learned knowledge to the new employees of your startup company.

Knowing now that employees are a very important part of your startup business – which do you think are the perfect employee roles that your business has?

Featured photo credit: Alejandru Escamilla via unsplash.com

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Last Updated on March 31, 2020

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How To Break the Procrastination Cycle

How often do you find yourself procrastinating? Do you wish you could procrastinate less? We all know how debilitating procrastination can make us feel, and it seems to be a challenge we all share. Procrastination is one of the biggest hindrances to moving forward and doing the things that we want to in life.

There are many reasons why you might be procrastinating, and sometimes, it is really difficult to pinpoint why. You might be procrastinating because of something related to the past, present, or future (they are all intertwined), or it could be as simple as biological factors. Whatever the reason, most of us follow a cycle when we procrastinate, from the moment we decide to do something to actually getting it done, or in this case, not getting it done.

The Vicious Procrastination Cycle

For some reason, it helps to understand that we all go through the same thing, even though we often feel like the only person in the world who struggles with this. Do you resonate with the cycle below?

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it!

2. Apprehension Starts to Come Up

The beginning stages of optimism are starting to fade. There is still time, but you haven’t done anything yet, and you start to feel uneasy. You realize that you actually have to do something to get it done, and that good intentions are not enough.

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3. Still No Action

More time has passed. You still haven’t taken any action and probably have a lot of excuses why. You start to panic a little and wish you had started sooner. Your panic starts to turn into frustration and perhaps even irritability.

4. Flicker of Hope Left

You can still make it; there is a little time left and you ponder how you are going to get it done. The rush you get from leaving your task until the last minute gives you a flicker of hope. There is still time; you can do this!

5. Fading Quickly

Your hope starts to quickly fade as you try desperately to understand why you just can’t do this. You may feel desperate and have thoughts like, “What is wrong with me?” and “Why do I ALWAYS do this?” You feel discouraged, or perhaps angry and resentful at yourself.

6. Vow to Yourself

Once the feeling of anger or disappointment disappears, you most likely swear to yourself that this will never happen again; that this was the last time and next time will be different.

Does this sound like you? Is the next time different? I understand the devastating effect that procrastination has on many lives, and for some, it is a really serious problem. You also have, on the other hand, those who procrastinate but it doesn’t affect them in any way. You know whether it is affecting you or not and whether it undermines your results.

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How to Break the Procrastination Cycle

Unless you break the cycle, you will keep reinforcing it!

To break the cycle, you need to change the sequence of events. Here is my suggestion on how you can effectively break the vicious cycle you are in!

1. Feeling Eager and Energized

This is when you commit to taking a new action or getting something done. You are feeling confident and optimistic that, this time round, you will do it! The first stage is always the same.

2. Plan

Thinking alone will not help; you need to plan your actions. I always put my deadlines one or two days in advance because you know Murphy’s Law! Take into consideration everything that you need to do, how long it will take you, and what you will need to get it done, then plan the individual steps.

3. Resistance

Just because you planned doesn’t mean that this time is guaranteed to be different. You will most likely still feel the resistance so expect this. This stage is key to identifying why you are procrastinating, so when you feel the resistance, try to identify it immediately.

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What is causing you to hesitate in this moment? What do you feel?  Write them down if it helps.

4. Confront Those Feelings

Once you have identified what could possibly be holding you back, for example, fear of failure, lack of motivation, etc. You need to work on lessening the resistance.

Ask yourself, “What do I need to do to move forward? What would make it easier?” If you find that you fear something, overcoming that fear is not something that will happen overnight — keep this in mind.

5. Put Results Before Comfort

You need to keep moving forward and put results before comfort. Take action, even if it is only for 10 minutes. The key is to break the cycle and not reinforce it. You have more control that you think.

6. Repeat

Repeat steps 3-5 until you achieve what you first set out to do.

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Final Thoughts

Change doesn’t happen overnight, and if you have some deeper underlying reasons why you procrastinate, it may take longer to finally break the cycle.

If procrastination is holding you back in life, it is better to deal with it now than to deal with the negative consequences later on. It is not a question of comfort anymore; it is a question of results. What is more important to you?

Learn more about how to stop procrastinating here: What Is Procrastination and How to Stop It (The Complete Guide)

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