Changing my thinking to work in a startup environment

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Written by Hollie Sykes
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It’s taken a lot of work, but I have been able to change my thinking so that I’m no longer using the old-school ways of working that I was originally taught, but the new lean and agile ways that I’m still in the process of learning.”

I get to work in the morning, and I’m greeted by a cheery “morning!” and the friendly faces of my team. I can already feel that it’s going to be a great day because it always is. It’s been six months since I started working in the incubator, and although it’s always fun, it has (at times) been a bit of a difficult transition to change my ways of thinking and working.

I’ve worked in a corporate environment my whole working life. I’ve been taught old-school ways of working, ever since I can remember. When the prospect of working in a startup environment was presented to me, I was beyond excited. I was also anxious. What if I couldn’t adapt to the change in my working environment? What if my work habits were so drilled into me that I failed miserably in this new role?

people having a stand-up meeting updating their project wall

A new way of working – instead of traditional sit-down meetings, we have 15-minute stand-ups.

Fast forward six months, and I’ve learnt a great deal and changed a lot. Despite my fears, I was able to adapt to the changes that come from going from working in a corporate environment to working in a startup environment. I overcame the need to ask for permission to do things, and changed my thinking to “I have the authority to make these decisions”. It’s taken a lot of work, but I have been able to change my thinking so that I’m no longer using the old-school ways of working that I was originally taught, but the new lean and agile ways that I’m still in the process of learning.

It’s been a time of constant change, but I wouldn’t trade it for anything as I have the best job in the world!

Playing ping pong

I am the reigning champion of our ping pong table! Just kidding, I’m coming last.

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