12 Keys for Successfully Starting Something New
Are you starting a new organization? A Church Planter? Entrepreneur? Involved in a small organization just getting started? Here are some tips for getting started:
1. Act like you've arrived. No one needs to know you're just starting. When you're small, act and think big. When you're big, act and think small.
2. Hire people you like. Look for chemistry first in terms of creating your initial core team.
3. If at all possible, don't work with your family. Start with competency, not relatives. And stay away from taking loans, venture capital, or seed money from family members as well.
4. Establish your values and organizational culture immediately. Build your organizational DNA early and often. And repeat.
5. Work hard, play hard. Have fun. Get things done.
6. Lean into interns. A great way to build capacity quickly. And to keep you young.
7. Establish partnerships. Look for opportunities to collaborate at every corner. Seek to build joint ventures.
8. Create benchmarks. Understand clearly who you want to be like, both personally and organizationally. Once you know, learn from them. Seek them out.
9. Celebrate constantly. Find the small wins as well as the big wins.
10. Seek feedback and accountability everywhere. Learn from everyone, and intentionally ask for input.
11. Create a board or advisory group, regardless of your corporate structure. You need this regardless of whether a church planter, entrepreneur, small business owner, or sole proprietor.
12. Dream big, but aim small. Scale your vision appropriately. Have a change the world dream and idea, but be very clear and laser focused on your target market/customer. And understand everything about that target market.