Why it’s difficult to build teams in high growth organisations

Two reasons why building teams in high growth is difficult: can’t assume stable teams, can’t rely on cultural osmosis.

Sink or Swim; Split and Absorb; Absorb and Split
Newbies outnumber veterans in high growth

How not to deal with high growth: presumptive team splitting

Premature split → Unclear mission, missing skills → Fill time with low-value work → Boredom → Disengagement, quitting

How to deal with high growth: structure follows strategy, organic org design, deliberate culture

“Unless structure follows strategy, inefficiency results.”

Alfred D. Chandler Jr.

How should I behave? Role models, systems, symbols



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