Resources For Your Team


What do resources for your team look like?

Many factors exist: perks and benefits of the startup; perks and benefits of the Support team; and resources you and management provide. The biggest resource, I believe, you can provide your team is the freedom to grow and solve problems on their own. With providing everything it’s unlikely we as humans can learn to learn on our own, grow on our own, and take the helm ourselves. I’ve made this mistake myself and am working to undo my own past errors.

In a weird sort of way, this is analogous to making sourdough bread (hang with me here). You need to make an amazing starter (sourdough starter, to be specific), a ripe environment, and terrific talent. Without the starter, it’s flat, boring, and a brick.

Your role is to figure out the starter batch, and share that and the vision for the future. From there, we as leaders need to spur others on to continually learn and take on where we cannot, either because we lack the skill set or don’t have the hours in the day. Actually, both of those apply. Listen to their needs and adapt. Just like a baker needs to be flexible with adding extra water or flour because of the environment (humidity), we as leaders must be flexible and listen to our teammates.

Last thought, I think this question is too broad to be fully answered in this context — but I see that as a good thing. I believe this is a big question and something with which we must wrestle with thoroughly. Some resources are simple: laptop, internet, some computer accessories, perhaps a book budget, software/tool suggestions. Beyond that, I think the best resource is still freedom to learn.

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