Startups consist almost exclusively of small teams. This helps them develop a solid core and focus on important aspects of every successful business, such as communication and a sense of community that works towards a common goal.
Because the small teams are faced with handling a large number of responsibilities at once, they’re incredibly flexible. Collaboration is, in fact, one of the major advantages of all startups. So, why then does a corporation become increasingly ineffective once it starts expanding, and how can one prevent that?
Scaling the power of a small team is vital to a startup. Before your company starts growing, you need to make sure you’ve already built the solid foundations needed to expand successfully. In order to present the flexibility and communication within your team, you need to ensure you’re maintaining the original company’s culture and effectiveness by scaling the power of your small team.
Start by first realizing that your company’s growth means changes on all levels – both operational, and in leadership. Managing 20 people is fundamentally different than managing 2,000, or even 200. Adjust your approach and strategy to meet your present and future needs and to make sure your company is on the right track. Implement excellent communication on all levels within your organization – it has been identified as one of the core elements of every successful business. To reduce the chance of ineffectiveness, make sure every member of your growing team still feels empowered to make rapid decisions when needed.
And, finally, learn to adapt. The market and the economic world change all the time and to survive, you need to adapt to it. This means changing your strategy and approach, and making compromises in order to preserve the efficiency of a small team within a larger corporation.