One thing that you get a lot from people working in a startup or a startup setup (like a very small team in a large organization) is plenty of passion. People are passionate about their work, their team, their product or their service, their organization, their leads, their managers, they are passionate about literally everything.
Lots of energy
The thing that passion brings to the table is the high energy, it almost feels like you have plenty of electricity, we will only need to utilize the energy in an effective way.
Group & Individual Ownership
People tend to take / have a lot of individual as well as collective ownership in a startup setup. Every loss of the product/service/company is treated as their personal & team loss and they take collective responsibility and every victory is cherished as their personal and team victory.
This is one thing that is available in plenty in a startup setup. In a startup setup, the customers are unknown, or at least known only partially, the product features are unknown at large, in short the future is uncertain for almost all the startups. But we eventually start building, making lot of assumptions, which means that there is a lot of uncertainty if those assumptions fail and that typically happens very fast in a startup setup.
Scope for research
Since there is a lot of uncertainty, there is plenty of scope for research. The more research you do, the more clarity you get. The more clarity you get, you tend to come out of that uncertain ring.
Small and powerful teams
Honestly, how many of you had this feeling that they worked the best in a small team and they felt more powerful, felt more respected and what not. Generally startup teams are small in numbers but they are powerful in terms of their overall capability. According to the management theory, the output of a group is always greater than the sum of the outputs of individuals. That is very true in a startup setup, where you can see that high energy outputs coming out of the entire team as a whole.
Sense of freedom
Startup teams have a lot of freedom in terms of making decisions and they are not hampered with several constraints unlike traditional team setups.
With freedom comes innovation. Innovators typically tend to love the freedom they get and try to utilize it to the fullest by coming up with innovative ideas to overcome complex challenges.
Sense of fulfilment
Each and every individual in a startup setup will have a sense of fulfilment on completion of a feature or an iteration, because they are both individually and collectively responsible for the outcome.
Sense of achievement
Fulfilment comes from the fact that generally startup teams feel they have achieved a lot and they have a sense of achievement when a particular milestone is achieved.
Efficiency is one point that is definitely a given in a small startup setup. Not saying that large teams are not efficient, but by nature, it is always easier to manage/lead/motivate a small team instead of a large team to work at full throttle.
Lot of mistakes, lot of learning
You can expect a lot of mistakes in a startup setup. In fact the setup allows just that, but more importantly it also encourages learning from those mistakes. It is the crucial learning that can help go the startup a long way from where it started.
Flatter team structure
Notice that I am saying Flatter instead of Flat. When I say flatter, it means it is flatter than the traditional structure and doesn’t mean that it is a completely flat structure. What a flatter structure advocates is that people tend to be self managing if they are respected enough to get the job done. Hence there is no need for supervision for anyone, but mentoring and leading the team may be definitely required.
Knowledge sharing and mentoring
Since teams are small, they rely highly on learning, sharing knowledge and mentoring. That makes the team far more powerful than they typically are.
Team members enjoy each others success
Unlike traditional team setups, startup team members typically enjoy each others success and in fact work for everyone to succeed, because even if there is one loose link in the chain, it might drag everyone down.