Swimming is easy!
October 24, 2018
I once had a professor who said that jumping into the cold water at first feels like you cannot breathe and causes you to sink down.. However, you then get back to the surface again, take a deep breath and start swimming. In other words, you first experience a small shock but then you realize that you can swim. After that, moving in the water is easy.
Over the past fifteen years, I have worked in large global consulting companies. I recently switched to Midagon, a small consulting company with around 30 employees. The switch cannot be compared to jumping in to the cold water, since I already knew a lot about the company and its employees. But what felt like jumping into the cold water was the size of the company. However, it was also something that I wanted to experience.
There are always some insecurities and concerns when you change companies, regardless of their size. Changing to a smaller company most likely means that your impact will be greater, and your responsibilities might be broader. You will create change. Working in a larger company means that your processes and methodologies are well-documented and followed. In bigger companies your communities are larger, and the overall skill base might be broader, due to the size of the company. There are pros and cons, in all sizes.
It actually felt that moving to smaller company was easy. As a consultant I have worked in different organizations and with different teams, which will not change. What actually changes is the structure behind my daily operations. I am now delivering with less structure and with less organization That feels light, sometimes more agile. However, this does not mean projects are delivered with less methodology or control.
I enjoy working in Midagon. The company is light and transparent, and the team is fun and energetic. I have learned that when everything falls into place, the size of a company is not relevant, swimming is easy!