Leadership

Growing Pains or Growing Danger?

Growing Pains or Growing Danger?

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.

There is NO SUCH THING as "Got Too Big" or "Grew Too Fast"

There is NO SUCH THING as "Got Too Big" or "Grew Too Fast"

People like to talk about how businesses got too big or grew too fast.  They're wrong.  Growth and speed are not the problem with scalability.  The problem is that you need infrastructure; systems and processes and skills.  

What the Uber "Joke" Costs You

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...