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Sep 8, 201402:26 PMOpen Mic

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The anti-diva guide to startups

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Approaching a startup with a diva attitude is a great way to fail before you even begin. To launch a successful startup you need to be willing to work harder, longer, and for less (usually nothing at the beginning) than any other person out there to make your idea become a reality.

Essentially, you need to be the anti-diva. All attention and energy should be focused on your startup, not you. If that sounds contrary to your ideal life scenario, you may want to take a pass on entrepreneurship, sister.

However, if you have a burning desire to transform your idea into an amazing business, here are a few anti-diva rules that will help pave the way to your startup’s success:

Share the limelight: The quickest way to kill startup team mentality and creativity is to take all the credit for good ideas and company successes. Celebrate big successes by giving kudos to the appropriate people and rewarding your whole team with a happy hour or sporting event. Celebrate the little successes with thank-you notes and a token gift like flowers or a Starbucks gift card. Small amounts of personal appreciation from you will pay huge productivity dividends from your team.

Never let your mood dictate your manners: It truly doesn’t matter who you are, if you are rude people will not want to work with you or for you. Those stuck under your employ will be less inclined to “give it their all,” which is exactly what you need for your company to be successful. An anti-diva can take a horrible mood/day and use her angst to power through projects instead of venting on innocent coworkers.


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