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Growing Pains

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Growing Pains

05/25/10

Companies sometimes go through growing pains, just like people. The munchies, mood swings, and rapid changes of focus are common to both. So if your organization is growing, how do you manage the growth without stifling it?

It is a tricky balancing act. If your company is small, the changes that are necessary to become a well-functioning big company can be significant--development of formal processes, policies, procedures; hiring different types of people; requiring more cash-on-hand. Sometimes small companies can anticipate these changes and start making them ahead of the growth curve; but many times, they cannot.

The technology needs of a company can also change rapidly as part of this growth. More mainstream software (as opposed to homegrown software) may be needed to keep the business functioning. And the days of just throwing software on the server and turning it on are probably over as well--you'll need standardized implementation processes to ensure that the company continues to function smoothly. You may also find that your IT staff needs a new mix of skills--training can be critical during these times.

Try to grow people from within along with the company, but don't hesitate to go outside the organization to find seasoned talent to help you through the process. That knowledge can help smooth the way for a great future.


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