For a new startup, responsibilities, demands, and opportunities accumulate quickly. Transformation happens in the beginning: two key skills early employees must master are time management and adaptation through problem-solving.
“Ruthless Prioritization” to maximize productivity while maintaining versatility
- Biweekly timeline planning
- Consider external constraints and schedules when organizing tasks
- Prioritize by work to be informed about, work to do independently, work that is just barely on the radar: “Eyes on, Hands on, Horizon”
- Transition from product focus to designing team and structuring company by 9 to 12 months
- “Cathartic documentation” enables scalability and for team to stay on the same page
“High-return Troubleshooting” as doubling the takeaways of every challenge
- Rate of learning = value
- If yield is low, tackle bigger challenges or mine more result
- For La, Director of Design at Clover Health, isolation created professional connections and designer network
An early-employee environment fosters a unique and transformative perspective absent in a big corporation.