If you worked for a startup, you are familiar with the feeling of “I don’t know what the hell founders are doing.”
It comes in the flavor of a lack of transparency about what’s going on, contradictory directions, side requests by C-levels, or “big push to win a client” last-minute projects.
I’ve learned this from what I consider the best manager alive: use the “we need to get this done” antidote.
Nothing bad can happen if you focus on one single thing and make consistent progress, despite all the possible complaints.
Focus and making progress sends a signal to the team, founders, and customers that you care about what you are doing.
Get one thing done, then we can discuss what’s next.