People problems are the biggest cause of startup failures

How to reduce conflict in your startup, corporate innovation and business teams

Pre-mediation is a simple way to align your team, avoid conflict and improve team performance

Denise Tambanis
Sep 24, 2019 · 8 min read
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“The relationship between co-founders is usually the single biggest risk to a startup in the earliest stages, it’s certainly the most common reason for failure we see at YC.”

- Harj Taggar, Former Partner at Y Combinator

“In selecting investments, VCs see the management team as more important than business related characteristics such as product or technology. They also attribute more of the likelihood of ultimate investment success or failure to the team than to the business.”

- Paul Gomers, Will Gornall, Steve Kaplan and Ilya Strebulaev ‘How Do Venture Capitalists Make Decisions?

“Years of observing, leading and consulting small teams made us realize that it’s not the lack of knowledge that makes effective teamwork so hard. It’s the hard questions themselves that are not being asked at the right time.” — The Team Canvas

‘Pre-mediation’ reduces conflict and improves team performance

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Startupbootcamp co-founder, Patrick De Zeeuw, believes that pre-mediation saves at least 15% of the startups in their portfolios, and that failing to appoint a pre-mediator is one the top 10 ways startup founders f#ck up!

“Successful startup founders don’t just love what they’re doing, they are obsessed by it. This obsession drives them, but can also cause problems between founders, investors and other stakeholders. Startupbootcamp uses pre-mediation in all our programs to help teams identify and quickly resolve potential conflict before it escalates. Denise Tambanis has been running these sessions for us in Australia. She has a unique set of skills and startup experience which means she’s ideally suited to run these. Her sessions are consistently ranked amongst the highest of any sessions on our programs.”

— Richard Celm, Cofounder & Executive Program Director, Startupbootcamp Australia

What is pre-mediation?

What types of issues are discussed in pre-mediation?

“All the research shows that cognitive diversity makes us smarter. But unfortunately, all the studies show, it also makes us more conflict prone. And that conflict often blows our teams up before we can make use of our differences.”

-Shane Snow’s “Dream Teams: Working Together Without Falling Apart

5 keys to successful pre-mediation

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Summary

Startups, Corporate Innovation and Team Development

Helping startups and corporate teams reduce conflict…

Denise Tambanis

Written by

Business Strategy & Innovation Consultant. Pre-mediator for startup, corporate innovation and business teams. Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation.

Startups, Corporate Innovation and Team Development

Helping startups and corporate teams reduce conflict, develop teams and improve team performance. Early mediation. Online mediation.

Denise Tambanis

Written by

Business Strategy & Innovation Consultant. Pre-mediator for startup, corporate innovation and business teams. Blockchain Philanthropy Foundation.

Startups, Corporate Innovation and Team Development

Helping startups and corporate teams reduce conflict, develop teams and improve team performance. Early mediation. Online mediation.

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