4 Ways to Transition From Founder to Successful Manager

All entrepreneurs dream of founding a startup that turns into a successful venture. But when forming that dream, it’s easy to overlook what will become of your business — and your role within it — once that dream becomes reality.


As customers start rolling in, your company needs leadership and a strategy to stake out the road ahead. In short, it no longer needs a founder; it needs a manager.

Yet management can be a struggle. However, if you own your new role, you have a great chance to fulfill the promise of the startup and start building a real legacy.

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Here are a few ways to ease your transition from founder to manager:

1. Build a mission, not a vision.

Starting a business is all about your vision and discovering whether your theory flies in the real world. But once your startup is established, you need to focus on your mission: How you’re going to apply your concept and make it work. Use your initial momentum and build a step-by-step action plan to drive it home.

2. Replace your binoculars with bifocals.

Success isn’t about figuring out the landscape; it’s about understanding your neighborhood. So make your presence known and claim your niche by mastering the details.

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Focus on fine tuning and positioning. You already have a good idea of the product, the market and the competition, so make the most of it. Look for opportunities to tweak and improve each individual process you have and pick up even more momentum. Each obstacle is a chance to improve your value proposition and drive up more sales.

3. Scrap the drawing board.

You’ve already proven yourself and your vision, so stop trying to move backward. The manager’s focus should be on improving what already exists rather than reinventing the wheel with each new crisis that comes along.

4. Surround yourself with brilliance.

Managing an organization is all about people skills and trust. As your organization grows, you need to let go of the reins and trust new voices to handle different aspects of your company. Empower your recruiter to find capable people who match the mindset and culture of your existing team. Prioritize attitude and character over specific skills: good people will rise to your level of expectations.

Once you’ve assembled a quality team, make sure you use it to your advantage. Delegate as much as possible, and trust that what must be done will be done. Don’t micromanage. Instead, trust and follow up — that’s what good managers do.

Good managers don’t have to be focused on direction or top-down bossing around. What’s important is finishing what you’ve started. There are plenty of loose ends in the early stages of a startup, and it’s easy to lose track of them when you aren’t focused beyond the big picture. So don’t gaze at the horizon when problems need solving in your own backyard.

Being a founder is about formulating your idea and vision for the future. Being a manager is about something deeper than that; it’s your chance to perfect everything. With the right effort and the right focus, you can take your early success and turn it into a long-lasting triumph.

Man shown in video charged with stealing Confederate flag after turning himself in

Authorities say they’ve arrested a man who appeared in a video stealing a Confederate flag from the outside of a Tampa Bay-area home.

The Manatee County Sheriff’s Office reports that 23-year-old Dejerrian Murray turned himself in Tuesday.

The video, which has been viewed by millions, was posted on another man’s Facebook page last month. Authorities say it shows Murray, who is black, running out of a car, pulling a Confederate Flag off the side of a house and then running back to the car. The video appears to be shot by someone in the car’s driver seat.

The resident later reported the theft to the sheriff’s office.

Murray was charged Tuesday with petty theft and possession of a controlled substance. He was later released on $3,500 bail.

A phone message listed for Murray was not immediately returned.

With 211 killings as of Wednesday, homicides in Baltimore match number for all of 2014

With Baltimore’s 211th homicide on Wednesday, the city has matched the number of killings committed all of last year.

Police say the 211th killing was reported Wednesday morning. The Baltimore Sun reports (http://bsun.md/1KwxiLn) that officers found a man dead in a vacant house in the Penn North neighborhood, the site of rioting and looting in April.

Authorities say the man had been shot at least once.

Killings began to spike dramatically in May, with 42 in a single month. There was a brief dip in June, with 29, then another rise in July. The uptick came after rioting in the spring over the death of Freddie Gray, the black man critically injured in police custody.

Woman dies after knife attack at supermarket in southern Maine; 2nd woman in custody

Police say a woman has been killed in a knife attack at a supermarket in southern Maine.

WCSH-TV reports (http://on.wcsh6.com/1MyuQIC ) the attack happened Wednesday at a Shaw’s supermarket in Saco. The station reports the 59-year-old woman was taken to a hospital with severe injuries and died later.

Police say a 31-year-old woman has been taken into custody. Officials haven’t released any possible motive and haven’t said whether the women knew each other.

Colin Esposito was at the store shortly after the attack. He tells WCSH he saw a purse lying on the ground next to a “massive” pool of blood near the frozen foods section.

An employee reached by telephone says store managers have no comment on what happened.


Suspect pleads guilty in Houston-area community college stabbing rampage that wounded 14

A 23-year-old man has pleaded guilty to attempted capital murder for a 2013 stabbing rampage on a Houston-area community college campus that wounded 14 people.

Dylan Andrew Quick also pleaded guilty to two aggravated assault counts. State District Judge Maria Jackson could sentence Quick to anything from probation to life imprisonment when he’s sentenced Oct. 29. Quick remains jailed without bond.

Quick was accused of stabbing and slashing more than a dozen people with a scalpel and X-Acto knife in an April 9, 2013, rampage on the Lone Star College-Cy Fair campus.

Quick was born deaf. His attorneys contend he has had problems developing social skills as a result. They also say he has been diagnosed with obsessive-compulsive disorder since his arrest. They are asking for probation.