Knowing The Strengths & Weaknesses Of Your Team

Some CEOs may have the financial luxury to be able to employ a huge team of people, all assigned to specific tasks or job roles, but Team Picwith small start-ups, this often isn’t the case. A little group of people are often left to take on and juggle a number of different tasks in order to get the ball rolling or make it all happen.
That small group is relied on to perform their job roles as well as mucking in and helping in other areas like admin or research for example.
If this is the scenario, then it’s really important to know the strengths and weaknesses of your team.
I mean this is important for anyone in any kind of leadership or management role, but particularly in situations where you are expecting your staff to take on roles and responsibilities that may be outside of their pre-existing skill set or previous work experience.
It is also important that your staff know that they can come to you if they feel that they cannot adequately complete these extra tasks or should they require a little bit of extra training or help in the area.
Knowing your team, and knowing them well, is also helpful in the allocating of such tasks as and when they arise. Like for example, if you’ve got an arty-farty one that hates maths, there will be little point asking them to help with statistical analysis, so you are better off giving that to the person who has a natural aptitude for pie charts and the like! If you don’t have anyone in your team that you feel can complete a task without giving themselves a hernia, then you might well be better off getting a freelancer to do it.
The internet is awash with many supremely talented, reasonably priced freelancers that may be able to solve your problem and get that all important work done to the standard you require.
Knowing the strengths and weaknesses of your team makes everything run a lot smoother and also helps your team members feel valued and appreciated.  It’s an integral part of the efficient running of any business, but in my personal experience, it is even more important if you are the CEO of a small startup!