“Coming together is a beginning. Keeping together is progress. Working together is Success.”
Welcome back! Before I start writing this week’s post, I hope that you now have a clear idea about the culture that we’ve been setting up and other things that we’re working on, to optimize our employee’s performance. In honor of LearnSocial and its launch recently, I decided to break down the different types of teams that I’ve built and worked along with till now that have made us what we are as a whole entity. And as a bonus, I’ll throw in some cheesy football analogies, seeing that it’s the FIFA World Cup 2014….
BOOM!!! These people are jack of all trades. Whether picking up new code or new technologies, they’ll be the vastly useful resources/team. Just give them a task, an idea or a problem that we are facing-they’ll have a solution in a JIFFY. In case they don’t, they’ll find a definite resolution the next day. Having these Generalists in a startup where things move rapidly has become an essential factor. WHY? Well, I have an answer that would never make you seek out any other explanation. EVER. Imagine a person wearing a smile that never complains about a task at the work place. How many people really do that?? We have a team that possess those typical coding skills & who would love to learn just for the heck of it and help us wherever it is needed. Where do we get this CREAM of talent in the present market, where everything is haywire and getting a proper, probable resource is the biggest challenge? Let me introduce you to #HackSocial, a Hackathon contest. This event goes on for one complete day at the LearnSocial office from morning to evening, and coders have to build their products using the skills that we specify. If someone completes the process, then we offer them career opportunities with us. In summary, they just THINK.CODE.BUILD!
IN FOOTBALL:Tight End
These people have that competency of keeping the flow, crafting the code and getting the job done, no matter how much time, iterations & executions it takes. What keeps them so patient? What makes their commitment level so consistent? The answer lies in 3 E’s: EXPERIENCE, EXPERTISE & ENGAGEMENT. We’ve built this team after conducting thorough research, and have set clear benchmarks which would tell us if he’s THE ONE that we’re looking for. Getting this kind of highly talented, engaged, committed & self-driven people who have that hands-on experience in technical areas is a time-consuming process. But yes, sometimes a long shot pays off the biggest.
IN FOOTBALL: Running Back
Getting something unique and a pinch of overall flavour to the table is their passion. These kind of people work continuously on adding up interesting skills to a common project and get that creative edge completely. To name a few, our designers and the data junkies fall into this category.
IN FOOTBALL: Placekicker
Our Experts know everything. Any query you meet them with, you’ll have a well-defined, precise and thorough answer. They’re well known for codebases, troubleshooting and diagnosing the flaws that are encountered during assignments. In short, they’re the one-stop destination for every kind of solution you need. What makes them such experts? Simply experience and focus. Our Experts are always ready to share tantalizing knowledge, and often approached by other people on the LearnSocial floor for any kind of help here and there.
IN FOOTBALL: Quarterback
No matter what, there should be someone who always inspires everyone & their respective teams towards a common goal. They might not be a good coder, fabricator etc. but the contribution they make is always significant through their leadership and prowess. I have seen such entrepreneurial and collaborative kind of people in here who keep the team effective.
IN FOOTBALL: Head Coach
Being Social! I should say. They have the desire to change the world, & in reality that’s what they do…They’re our hard-core Societals who act as intermediaries & drive the product into the Society. They get us all kinds of strategic relationships. In my experience, as I see them proving their ability to collaborate with others, these people act as strong team players. What kind of results do they deliver? Surely, the WOW kind of one.
That’s all for now guys. It’s been an exhilarating ride for me as I’m keeping my experiences and thoughts into words. At the same time, I would love to have your opinions, suggestions and anything that you think will make us better and be the best. So, drop a mail to firstname.lastname@example.org until then and keep in touch.
– Aditya GV, Human capital