I have self diagnosed myself with barn-brain. This condition is common in those who might also be labeled horse crazy. Yesterday evening I took my barn quote gathering, financial planning and overall barn exploring to the next level, I went to see a Permabilt building.
It dawned on my that my dislike for sales melted away when I got determined to get the big green light for funding my for my barn “startup.”
“We value quality of life above all” – Paul DeJoe, Co-Founder and CEO at Ecquire, To What Extent Can A Startup Work Without An Office?
- Always Improving: Startups often find themselves juggling tiny budgets, too many tasks and losing sight of their vision. A mucky vision and an overload of non-traction tasks makes for a mucky morale. Team morale becomes a side project that is too often ignored; it festers and brings the company down from the inside out. After forming comes storming, a natural team evolution that happens to the best groups. Focus on why the team was formed, work through communication bugs and support individual initiative.
- Take Risks: Taking risks comes naturally to most entrepreneurs and marketers while others stand firm on a path unwilling to budge for various reasons typically fed by fear. Taking a risk shows faith in all the effort already invested and gives a chance to move forward. The only constant is change, take a risk for the better!
- Take Action: Planning (well, mostly talking) often gets a bad rap however it’s not always the case. Taking time to explore options gives everyone an education, even if it’s rough it is often good enough to get things rolling. Even taking small steps to test an idea is taking action, it may be that the plan needs to change but you won’t know until you jog down the trail. (Bare with me and the plethora of analogies…)
- Share and collaborate: Recently I heard someone stumble and shut down refusing to share an idea; they were worried that someone would steal it. Startup Weekend enlightened me to the fact that all ideas are worthless until executed. Instead of worrying, embrace the resources you have in your team and network to brainstorm and explore ideas. You might find a good conversation was all you needed to polish your shower time idea into a viable business idea worth trying.
- Appreciation is respect: While the term “it’s just business” might apply at times, the game is really about relationships. Treat others how you would like to be treated, be appreciative of efforts, respectful of their time and clearly communicate. Assume your assumptions are wrong and, if nothing else, remember that all people remember how you made them feel over what you said.