What's your secret sauce for building a great team?

Trust and fairness. In a creative industry like software we cannot control and measure team members with traditional management methods. That's why we have to trust that everyone is contributing their best work. At the same time we have to be frank and fair, if someone is not – and help them to do better.

  
from
 
Stefan
 
Kleineikenscheidt
CEO and co-founder
 at 
K15t

What's a question you like asking — yourself or your colleagues?

Are you having fun?” — We all know that happier employees are more healthy and more productive. So why do we so rarely talk about what brings us joy at work?

I’ve added variations of “Are you having fun?” to my repertoire of questions I love to ask myself and others—and it turned out to be a surprisingly powerful launchpad into truly insightful conversations with my team.

  
from
 
Bettina
 
Specht
CEO
 at 
People First Jobs

What's a question you like asking — yourself or your colleagues?

"Is this in alignment with the bigger picture/ your needs / ...?" — This question allows me to keep a conversation on topic, understand what my teammate is thinking/seeing/feeling, collaborate, and get a real gauge on a situation. I learn more about potential clients, issues, expectations, and get a ton of new ideas from simply asking this question.

  
from
 
Justin
 
Ervin
Founder and Executive Director
 at 
Habitual Roots

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What quote or saying has stuck with you?

"Most People Won't" by Bryce Roberts. It's such a simple yet powerful idea. Most people will talk about their ideas, but not bring them to life. Most people want to reach out, but most people won't. Most people will never overcome their blockers - so the ones that do have all the power.

  
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Zvi
 
Band
CEO and founder
 at 
Relatable

What should leaders understand about their own role and responsibility?

Trust is foundational. Onboard the right people, have trust in their skills to do the right things. Align them with the mission & support them on their journey. As you lead more people, operational task is not your job anymore. Learn to delegate early.

  
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Mathias
 
Nestler
CTO & Co-Founder
 at 
AccessOwl

What personal habit or behavior has shaped you as an entrepreneur?

In conversations with other entrepreneurs, I always try to be honest, humble, and inquisitive. Only then can I receive good experiences from others as a gift.

  
from
 
Jan
 
Blankenhorn
CEO
 at 
W11K