Quick Start: Managing for Scale

Quick Start: Managing for Scale

A Fortune 100 company struggling to become more innovative, and a startup whose team has just doubled in size, face the same problem: scale. Prepare your team to meet the needs of a growing market without breaking the company internally by considering the following:

  1. Who is responsible for scaling the company? Too often, companies will have innovation labs that are (intentionally) separate from the company's main operations, but no one acts as a liaison. Find the people in the company who have experience or interest in growing ideas.
  2. What's going to break first? Conduct an internal audit to determine what will be most adversely affected by scale: support systems like HR? Burn rates? The founders themselves?
  3. What can we stop doing? As companies grow, complexity increases. Look for activities you can automate, outsource, or just stop doing to keep things as simple as possible.

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6 Things to Do When Your Team Grows to 60 People

6 Things to Do When Your Team Grows to 60 People

What Every Institutional Innovation Program Gets Wrong

What Every Institutional Innovation Program Gets Wrong