Last week, a colleague asked we what advice I would give to a start-up organization. As I thought about it, I realized that the advice I would give to a start-up is the same thing that I would also give to a person in transition.
Chief among the tips I would give is this one: There is no program.
Say what? Start-ups, like babies, have to do their learning on their own. And they have to learn fast. The chief source of feedback is from their own success and failures.
Somebody else's pre-packaged solutions are not likely to fit or do much good.
Instead what a start-up and a transitioner both need to do is focus on three other P's:
Purpose - A start-up has to figure out what their genius is. The word "genius" comes from the ancient word genii meaning a demon or spirit that dwells within. Each of us has this inner spark or flame. It drives us to accomplish our mission in life. So too must a transitioner find his or her genius and fan the flames to life.
People - A start-up has to have the right people on board to succeed. That means inside the company, as well as outside mentors and advisers who speed the learning process. So too must a transitioner have mentors and advisers who coach, support and encourage all along the race.
Process - And as has been said above, a start-up's most vital process is the learning process. Constant questioning and feedback about "How are we doing?" That is the diet that fuels a start-up. What is working? What isn't? What else can we try? These also are the questions that transitioners should be asking on a daily basis.
As a sensei of change said to me in a dream last night, "There is no program."
When you are in the midst of change, like being in start-up mode, or being out of work, there is no program. Just lots of opportunity to make things happen.
Posted by Terrence Seamon on Monday October 28, 2013
Terrence H. Seamon is an organization development consultant who provides leadership and team development services to employers in New Jersey. His book Lead the Way explores the challenges of leadership. Additionally, Terry is a job search and career coach whose book To Your Success provides a motivational guide for anyone in transition. His third book, Change for the Better, provides leaders with a guide to initiating, and navigating through, organizational change. An alumnus of PSG, Terry co-founded and co-moderates the St. Matthias Employment Ministry in Somerset, NJ. He can be reached at email@example.com and via his website: http://about.me/terrenceseamon