in the autobiography on steve jobs, he claimed to spend a lot of his time designing 'the company' as much as any of apple's products. this was especially true during his last few years - after the cancer became manifest and, presumably, a concern for his legacy brought into sharper relief. and it's a common refrain heard in many of the startups (as well as well established) creative companies - how to preserve a carefully nurtured culture during periods of growth and (by necessity) increasing layers of complexity. in other words, how do you bring a corporate culture that thrived during the halcyon startup days into a structure that has to serve as a global powerhouse?
which is why we'll continue to focus on the subject - how can we all create firms that are sustainable and leaders in the fullest sense of those terms. and, unlike most of the contemporary corporate 'guru's', we're going to keep focused on the mammals in this ecosystem - companies that can keep on after the dinosaurs eventually fall.
so, nearly a year in, i've been taking a quick breath and paused the writing on this blog to reflect and sharpen the focus. thanks for sticking around, for your feedback and let's keep the push going forward...
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