As CEO I am starting to realize I am in the making happy business. It comes as no surprise that two of my priorities are making investors and clients happy. However, I am increasingly finding that the happiness of those around me, my team, is preoccupying my mind.
All my life I was either a student or employee and generally I was mainly concerned about my own happiness and only to a superficial degree of my colleagues and boss. Thoughts mainly consisted of “do I like how I am being treated” or do I not. If yes “ok I shall continue working” if not “I will resist and be negative.”
Fundacity has grown very quickly since May. In April it was Diego and I. Back in the hustler duo phase I focused on the business end while Diego on the development end. We both managed ourselves and were CEOs of our area. We both got on with it and magically when we lifted our heads to speak with the other his work was done. Simple.
We are now 6 people full-time. Now things are more complex as each new person has their unique desires, ambitions and motivations. This is by no means a bad thing. It is a fantastic thing! It is what makes us unique and bring our own beautiful perspectives into the product. However dissimilar people require different reward and control structures. Happiness cannot be bought. Unluckily, it is much more complex than that. Damn! The right style ultimately depends on the underlying objectives and needs of the person. I as the CEO have the authority and ultimately responsibility to identify and implement that elusive right style. To somehow look both at the individual and group level and find what works. I am going to be honest here. I have a lot to learn. However, I have the motivation and zeal to try and discover the secret salsa.
It is now my obsession to understand everyone better so I can create the right environment for them where they feel good, feel motivated and can ultimately thrive. This is the blissful win-win situation I am seeking. Far away are the days of focusing on product or doing sales calls. Today I am in the making happy business.