Best Practices: navigating expectations versus realities
Claire’s presentation challenged the myth of “best practices” and highlighted their hindrance to adaptability in swiftly evolving startup ecosystems. She explained the clash between the need for immediate solutions and traditional processes, a challenge for content designers in startups (and maybe elsewhere too).
Debunking expectations: The reality of startup life
Claire’s insights outlined differences between expected autonomy and collaborative decision-making in her startup. The myth of minimal debt collided with perpetual daily debt required for operations. Additionally, she highlighted the need for role explanation, collaborative decisions, and the struggle to implement principles due to competing stakeholder priorities.
Empowerment amidst challenges: embracing the etartup ethos
Claire emphasised radical acceptance of working to the conditions of how decisions are made versus fighting for legitimacy. Rather than being disheartened by rejections, she advocated embracing prevailing conditions and channeling energy toward honing problem-solving skills and gathering data for her ideas.
Workshopping perfectionism of process
The workshop discussion showcased the futility in ‘fighting the system’, urging individuals to redirect their energy toward overcoming challenges and leaving behind the pursuit of perfectionism. Claire encouraged content designers to simplify communication, prioritise data-driven decision-making, and rally allies for driving change.
- Don’t shy away from responsibility and leadership – state your opinion.
- Relax process, embrace imperfection and adapt to rapid change.
- Make informed micro-decisions that move the product forward.
- Prove your point with data rather than over explaining process.
- Focus on developing your skills and expertise.
Claire’s parting wisdom underscored leaving some problems for the future while embracing imperfections as catalysts for progress.