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January 25, 2024

The Basics of Management for Founders

The Basics of Management for Founders

Today, we’re talking about the basics of managing people. Many first-time founders find themselves in the challenging situation of managing people with minimal guidance. So, here’s the basics:

1. Goals & Consensus

Establish clear company-level and team goals with individual responsibilities. Build consensus with your team around these goals, so they also feel connected to their completion.

2. Regular check-ins & 1on1s

Keep a close eye on people’s progress. Weekly updates are the minimum but many engineering teams do daily check-ins. Outside of status updates, you’ll need to conduct bi-monthly 1-on-1s with your direct reports to give them space to vent and raise concerns.

3. Accountability & Celebration

Hold weekly all-hands meetings to track goals and deadlines. Openly address failures and when something goes well, be sure to celebrate — even a few statements of gratitude and some applause can boost morale.

Best of luck out there.

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Ash Rust

Ash Rust

Managing Partner, Sterling Road

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