It’s a hard truth-pill to swallow but most organizations have significant redundancies in both processes and personnel. What’s really hard to imagine is how most of these organizations are not only aware of them but are also satisfied with doing nothing about them.
Thankfully, this isn’t the case, usually, in the startup economy. If it is the case then you’re really doing it quite wrong and it’s really sad to see. Gross waste, hiring too fast, and implementing too many overhead processes can kill not only innovation but also speed, which is the lifeblood of a fast-paced growing startup.
And at the end of the day, redundancy is quite simply an equivalent to waste. In fact, it’s worse than that: It is toxic. Small businesses and startups are less prone to this but are not immune. Do all you can to kill redundancies and let go of the excess baggage – you do a disservice to your organization and the people who are, in fact, redundant.
The challenge as a startup scaled and matures into a company is to keep things lean, not for the sake of staying lean but because there isn’t a need to ever become anything close to overweight.
Stay the course, stay trim, stay hungry. It’s the best way to do your best work. Get lazy and you die.