Too big

August 28, 2010

Continuing the theme of my last two posts, I think entrepreneurs and business leaders should consider judging their success by the number of businesses they’ve built and not just the size. At some point organizations can become so big they get in their own way or stagnate. I remember when Microsoft was dealing with antitrust prosecution a decade ago, I thought, “If they had more brains and less ego, they’d split Microsoft voluntarily. A swarm of smaller, more agile companies would probably make more money in the long run than the behemoth Microsoft has become.” If you consider the Vista debacle, Microsoft’s problems moving into mobile computing, and the stagnation of their stock prices since then, I think I might just have been right.

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