3 Disasters to Avoid When You’re Growing a Startup

How to keep things from getting out of control when you’re expanding like crazy

Carine Carmy
Feb 5, 2019 · 8 min read
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The wrong people end up in management roles.

“Promoting or hiring people to be managers that shouldn’t be managers is the fastest path to breaking your culture.”

Create a clear definition of good management.

For the majority of people who won’t be managers, make sure there is a compelling alternative path.

Rethink your org structure, often.

Finally, build a holistic talent-acquisition program.

Transparency falls by the wayside.

“So much can be alleviated if you just ask people what they think.”

Overcommunicate.

Relinquish control.

Create space for dissent.

Be the example.

Speak up.

Frequent culture changes leave everyone demoralized.

First, communicate that change is the norm.

Cultivate a growth mindset.

Finally, be patient.

Carine Carmy

Written by

CEO and Co-founder at Origin theoriginway.com | Formerly Amino, Shapeways, Monitor Group & all over | Writing about tech, design, health & daily absurdities

Carine Carmy

Written by

CEO and Co-founder at Origin theoriginway.com | Formerly Amino, Shapeways, Monitor Group & all over | Writing about tech, design, health & daily absurdities

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