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Do startups need organizational development consultation?

For full disclosure, that's what I do. I'm am NOT looking for clients I'm wondering if this is something people have talked about or used?

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Paul Dowling
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Paul Dowling Advisor
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Startups should avoid consulting except in functional areas such as UX. Sent from my iPhone
Erika Torres, PhD
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Erika Torres, PhD Entrepreneur
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That's interesting Paul. Do you mind sharing why you think so? The reason I ask is because I'm trying to understand different perspectives on this subject. Thanks
Paul Dowling
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Paul Dowling Advisor
Founder at Dreamstake
Startups have to chose very wisely where they deploy any capital. They have to follow their own judgement on everything other than very specific functional areas. Consultants rarely understand startup culture enough to add value. Btw I am an ex management consultant and startup entrepreneur :) Sent from my iPhone
Erika Torres, PhD
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Erika Torres, PhD Entrepreneur
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Great points! Need to allocate resources wisely. At the same time, I've noticed many issues in management that could be prevented by getting some consultation... I suppose it's a fine balance.
Paul Dowling
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Paul Dowling Advisor
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Consultation assumes someone knows better. It is totally impossible for a consultant to put themselves in the shoes of a startup founder. Sent from my iPhone
Erika Torres, PhD
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Erika Torres, PhD Entrepreneur
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Interesting. Of course that is true. I was thinking that often times organizational matters such as hiring, training, morale and interpersonal skills are overlooked and can lead to limited success. Appreciate the discussion...
Paul Dowling
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Paul Dowling Advisor
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I don't think they are overlooked. They are just dictated by limited resources. :) Sent from my iPhone
Mike Ryan
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Mike Ryan Entrepreneur • Advisor
PeerWell
Agree Paul. Its all about using limited capital effectively on core functions of product development, engineering, etc in a tech or biotech company. During my 500+ startups over 30 years and 60 boards of directors I have never experienced a "startup" engaging in organizational development consultants. The rare exception I have ever seen it is when a founder has an OD background but that's part of their sweat equity.
Bruce Fryer
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Lean Startup Product Management / Strategy / Marketing with a Flair for Innovation
@Erika After the seed round where product / market fit has been defined, absolutely if OD is focused on cultural DNA. Didn't cost much and equity is a good strategy. I did this at my first startup (they also put together the HR policies, hiring strategies, etc.). I paid attention, so on the next couple I did it myself. I advised another startup to go the same, was ignored and now they are in employee litigation.
Erika Torres, PhD
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Erika Torres, PhD Entrepreneur
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Thanks for sharing. It sounds like timing and resources is the key...
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