In a startup, there are so many moving pieces that change on a daily basis it is easy to spend all your time putting out fires and being reactive to what’s going on in the company. One of the more important things I underestimated is the value of celebrating the small victories. I’m talking about progress-type victories as opposed to serious, signed-on-the-dotted line victories.
It is important to stop everything, get the team together, and do some cheerleading.
As much as technology like IM, Skype, and email make it easy to not do things in person, nothing beats the emotional connection of being face-to-face. I recommend teams get together once a week and celebrate the small victories.
Note: Celebrating the small victories is separate from an accountability-type weekly tactical.