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Friday, December 23, 2011

The power of SMALL teams

The real power and potential of SMALL teams.
"Never doubt that a small group of thoughtful, committed people can change the world. Indeed, it is the only thing that ever has" - Margaret Mead.

We've often heard about the virtue of 'BIG' and 'LARGE' and it has its rightful place in the world. There are distinctive advantages of a large operation or team, but let's examine what being 'small' truly means and the potential of a small organization or team.

Small teams yield power, sometimes beyond their imagination, however counter intuitive it may sound. Smaller teams means being nimble, flexible and hungrier, which help them to be more customer oriented than larger teams and organizations. Small and stable teams over a period of time, develop the togetherness and bonding which large teams can seldom replicate.

Smaller teams have lesser decision lags, act faster, are quicker to change and provide a good breeding ground for innovation. Its easier for the smaller teams to look in 'one' direction and communicate effectively than it is for any large group. Also, there's less of pointing fingers, no working in 'silos' and 'escapism', given the small size of the team, which brings in more accountability and ownership. All of this produce more value to the customers, better profitability for the organization and more purpose for the people involved.

We will all do ourselves a favor by recognizing the "power of small teams" and leveraging that wisely. Large organizations could be well served by a cluster of 'small teams', but the biggest benefactor of this fact should be the "small organizations". Internet and digital media have anyway levelled the play ground to a very large extent already. It is now for the smaller teams and organizations to believe in their power and themselves.

Finally, it is the larger trees that fall hardest in a storm; the smaller ones withstand it better.
Herald the power of the small teams. Small is indeed BIG!

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