Hello beautiful humans!
Over the past few months, we have been through a lot of growing pains. We did have some factionalism forming. Not over core philosophy, as a community we are mostly headed for the same goals. Instead, it was over what path is best. There was also a fair dose of the insanity of ego and what it does to the human condition. It is a great reminder that even armed with the tech to fight for a better future we are still just humans with the same flaws.
For the past several weeks I spent as much time with as many voices as possible. I wanted to hear all the opinions, understand all the motivations in our nascent community. What I learned is that the hearts of everyone here are amazing. We all came together for a reason. I believe we all share a core set of beliefs – even if we argue about how to define them.
In the last week I have noticed a shift towards solidarity and collaboration. I don’t think this can be contributed entirely to one variable but a big part has been the leadership of a handful of contributors. This week is when I personally shifted to feeling confident the garden is ready, seeds are being planted, and the harvest is going to astonish the world.
Now begins the hard work! We need to organize and build more momentum.
One frustration for many has been our slowness in hiring the first full-time positions that can carry us forward. But looking at the positive side it has allowed time for our natural leaders and key contributors to emerge.
A successful organization needs to build around its institutional knowledge and talent. Identifying needs is only part of the battle. It is unwise to reduce needs into a single role when it excludes talent that doesn’t fit perfectly. I think we may have fallen into this trap when we defined the needs of our first positions so early (PM/Dev). I asked several people what they thought the PM role was for and got different answers (by the way this phenom exists in startup world as well – could write a book on it). I have also noticed great candidates (who understand the true needs) try to fit themselves into the positions we have posted.
Already in PoH we have a rich reserve of talented passionate people. The culture we are building is the product. I am very hesitant to hire outsiders looking for a job because of how they look on paper. Especially for our first critical positions!
I recommend we take a step back from our quest to hire a PM and Dev. Let’s consider the needs of our community today.
What does everyone else think?