Building High Performance Teams for Rapid Growth Startups
The human capital aspect of an early-stage, high growth startup on the path to commercial viability is critical to success but often overlooked. Worse yet, frequently it will be treated the same as hiring for an established organization, relying on founders’ limited experience in that area. Building a high-performance team from the ground up is about far more than just making a few good hires with the right technical skills and pedigree, it is about thoughtfully and intentionally constructing an organizational chart that is not only technically aligned with the business need but behaviorally, cognitively, and culturally as well. Scale-up and commercialization plans are carefully designed and mapped, and the building of the team should be treated no differently.
The principals of PeopleWise bring 43 years of experience building teams for high tech startups, some notable examples being Plug Power and MapInfo. One of our principals, Amy Johnson, also has seven years of experience coaching and mentoring healthcare technology startups in her role as Director of the Biomedical Acceleration and Commercialization Center incubator at Albany Medical Center. Truly partnering with the businesses we build, our team also holds equity positions in several startups we’ve helped to flourish.
We also bring 20 years of experience implementing the Talent Optimization methodology in startup organizations, the data-driven framework that provides a roadmap for aligning talent strategy with business strategy. In a startup, there can be a great deal of ambiguity surrounding how best to achieve business goals, so there is a strong need for employees that will be comfortable with change and an appropriate level of risk. We objectively and effectively measure that with our process.