Do massive armies matter today compared to more targeted technology?
Are big companies like GE or GM getting bigger or smaller? Why?
Automation has made things easier. We needed the headcount because it took a lot of heads and hands to move information inefficiently from one workstation/desk to another. It also gave managers and owners bragging rights.
“Look how many people work for me.” aka “Look how many souls I control.”
Here’s another question:
Would your rather claw your way up a hierarchy for ten years to make $150K per year before taxes or do your own thing and double that at $300K+ per year with no ladder, no employees, no headaches and less failure points?
There was a time that traditional growth and scale afforded us leverage. But today, that type of scale creates more liability.
Agility from being smaller, not bigger, has many more advantages, and you don’t have to take care of all that overhead, friction and details that have little to do with innovating, creating value and spending time with customers.
What would happen if you went smaller? Could it be bigger for you personally?