According to my Myers-Briggs personality profile, I'm an ENFP. (And every entrepreneur should really know their personality profile). What ENFPs are, among other things, is being really good at the big picture but not so much when it comes to details.
But conventional wisdom says that when you start a company, you better be damn good about the details. Having said that, let me confess that dealing with my company's paperwork has been a chore to say the least. My business plan? One page! Company manual? 6 years in the making! But recently, while writing an article on HR for Entrepreneur Magazine (Ahem!) I got a few golden nuggets of advice.
“A lot of rules can really choke up motiviation and creativity." Unless you’ve got hundreds of employees, Cauton recommends a more “Zen-like” approach. “Think of HR more as a philosophy rather than a department. Focus only on what is truly important, which is to build your “company culture.” “If you get the right people and everyone knows what role they play and understands what the goals are, then you don’t need rules!” advises Cauton. “Worry about keeping your staff motivated and excited. Be consumed with having the best company you can have and not with what the policies and regulations are.”
So if you’re a start-up, focus more on having an awesome company culture, not minutiae. Choose the right people with the right attitude and chemistry. Skills can be taught, the right personal qualities can't. Create an atmosphere that people will want to work in day in and day out. That means high standards for your work and goals, trust through autonomy, and a worthwhile mission or purpose for the company. But also throw in some fun, friendship and a genuine commitment to your people's personal growth.