Why less is more


Excited with a new idea? Eager to find out more and see if you can make the next best thing? Many have been there but few have done that! And, in most cases, the reason is not because their idea was a bad one – on the contrary!

Creating something new and making a business out of it is rarely a one man show. Besides having a good idea, it is essential to have a team, a group of people that will passionately support you and will actively participate in making things happen. Said team needs to have a number of traits – such as things that bind you together, that inspire you and excite you – with the trait of strong communication and collaboration being the most significant. Regardless of the traits, it is also important for a team to consist of just the right number of people.

But just how many is enough so as to get the job done and have a proper communication that will allow you to move forward?

Opinions clash about this – some claim that the bigger the team, the more tasks can be allocated and completed within a shorter period of time. A big group, however, is difficult to manage in terms of communication, especially when there is no distinct authority. Procrastination comes easily, responsibility lies not with one but with many and the enthusiasm may soon turn to resentment and pessimism.

On the other hand, having too few members, or even none at all, can be equally daunting.

The day-to-day tasks and all the processes and steps required to realize your idea fall on 1-2 people who, despite the initial enthusiasm, may quickly become disheartened and lose interest. This is a situation many aspiring entrepreneurs find themselves in and the majority tends to give up.

So how should an aspiring entrepreneur go about structuring their team and instigating motivation and commitment?

Leadership is a word much used but I believe it is not easy to grasp the very sense of it and the depth of what it means to lead. One should also take into consideration the fact that the role of the team leader is often a new role for many young people who, despite their enthusiasm and inner drive, lack experience, mentoring and support.

Is there an ideal number one should look out for? What can young people learn from experienced individuals and teams in order to better build their teams and collaborations and effectively manage to create value?

To my mind, there is no ideal number but I firmly believe that it also depends on the quality of people that surround you – skilled and committed members will inspire the team as a whole and will give a boost to the project.

Opinions may, of course, vary but I am confident that the younger generation needs and wants to take advice from experienced people, so if you have any comments and personal advice, kindly contribute. After all, experiences are meant to be shared if we want to grow better!



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