Nobody wants to "go corporate." But at a certain growth point you just can't work hard enough to solve all the problems. You have to BUILD SYSTEMS. Learn the difference between informal and formal infrastructure so you can figure out what to focus on next to protect what you've built and keep winning.
Meetings are one of the most expensive things your company does. Not only do they burn TIME, and a lot of it, bad meetings also burn energy and momentum. If you’re consistently seeing a lot of the behaviors below, you’re probably better off cancelling your meeting than you are having it.
Plus, what's really going wrong and what to do about it.
Growing pains are a normal part of growth. Lots of growing pains are part of being a fast-growth company. Assuming you can stop long enough to look around, how do you tell the difference between normal growing pains and something more serious?
There are five common complaints that, together, should tell you that you’re not dealing with a normal problem but a major one.
Tyranny comes in many forms. The revolutionaries had the mad King George. Your tyrant may have a different name. Like fear. Or failure. Yours might be called the economy, or the industry or the competition. For some tyranny goes by the name debt or addiction or disease or death.
The worst of our tyrants tend to be the ones of our own minds and our own makings.
As a consultant I am regularly in small rooms with top executives. My role is delicate. I am both an outsider and not an outsider. I am there to advise but also confront. I was present for one of these moments last year. Like Huffington, I also laughed awkwardly. The inappropriate comment was made by someone who was a colleague and not one I worked with directly--somewhat similar to the Uber situation.
A few thoughts...