How a FinTech founder learned to embrace his team’s differences

George Lucas, founder at Raiz Invest, originally thought everyone shared his photographic memory. When he started managing a team, he quickly realized that this was not the case. That’s when he started using his team’s differences to the advantage of the company.

When you’re used to working alone, it can be difficult to learn how to use the differences of a team to get the best results for your business.

It’s a challenge that’s particularly personal to George Lucas, the founder of the micro-investment platform Raiz Invest.

Lucas established the company in Australia in 2016, and the company has since expanded to Southeast Asia.

But his work before Raiz meant he found it difficult to set expectations for his new team.

“I’m very lucky, I have an almost photographic memory,” George Lucas told CNBC Make It. “That can be very valuable at a young age for investment banks in London. But it also meant I was working alone quite often.”

Lucas soon learned that this skill was not one that everyone shared.

“This may seem quite surprising when I say it out loud, but I actually just believed for much of my life that most people had photographic memories and could analyze large sets of numbers,” he explained. “As I became more of a manager, I began to realize that everyone has different abilities.”

Over time, Lucas learned to use these various skills to advance his business.

“Every position is important, whether it’s the CEO or the cleaner. And that was a lesson that I’m still learning today,” Lucas said.

This is just one of five of George Lucas’ greatest lessons. Watch the video above for more.

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