Tom Peruzzi's thoughts on digital, innovation, IT and operations

Seniority

Posted in organizational, startup failures by opstakes on December 22, 2009

Yes you know, you will need them. You will need that crazy guys talking about systems, services, processes and tasks you potentially have never heard about before. And yes, they will let you know who the Know How owner is. And yes, you will need them cause:

  • your Know How can only be scaled up if you have people which already transformed an idea to a working business.
  • your Know How can only be pushed onto next level if you have people in place which have already seen the next level.
  • there is compliance demand out there and you need people who know how to work with.
  • and you will need technical, organizational and even cultural guidance.

This should never be an anthem on old, hard working before, employees. Seniority means that those people have seen different company cultures, different levels of expertise and they know how to transform. Potentially 3 years are enough, maybe 20 or more maybe they never reach seniority level. It really depends on the person, it’s personality, attitude, behaviour and culture (those famous ABC).

You will not need hundreds of Seniors, maybe one or two but you will have to enable them to transfer their knowledge to the teams and to you.
So keep in mind, even if you are the founder, funder, owner or whatever CxO, you will need to have an ear for them, their ideas, their expertise. If you can enable them, they will enable your organization based on the values and objectives you showed them as being important for your business model.
Not having Seniors means trying to create the wheel an extra time and loosing time, resources, nerves and money. Young rebels are good, focused your rebels make the business.

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