Leading people is hard sometimes. I want to make everyone happy. I want to be friends with people I work with.
I want to know about their family and friends and what they do when we don’t see each other; then, when they are not performing properly, I can be empathetic and we can have a real, gritty discussion.
But this is not a blog about management, and I don’t think you want to read about how important it is for me to be everyone’s friend.
So instead, I will talk about creating structure.
It’s summer — ripe time for anyone, musician or teacher or startup/small business, to grow their team. Families are on vacation, teachers are on break before the new semester, music festivals have happened.
Our event team started from scratch, when I was bouncing ideas off close friends.
After describing my idea, I say, “Would you be interested in working on this?”
“Definitely,” Benta says.
We look at the calendar, and we count forward four months.