Scaling your role.

When an organization grows, you need to grow.

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It’s all about the scale.

Over the last years, I've been fortunate to work with companies that are all looking to scale their organization, one way or another. When I joined Spotify in 2013, we were around 1000 employees, and when I left, we were about 5000 employees. Since leaving Spotify, I've worked with organizations looking to either make the same journey or change their current ways of working. 

Suppose I was a management consultant working at one of those fancy management consultant corporations. In that case, this is where I would say that every organization is unique and has its own unique challenges. But that wouldn't be true. And I'm not a management consultant, so I can say so. 

And even though I could create a fancy PowerPoint about those similarities and talk at great length about them, I won't. As I said, I'm not a management consultant.

Instead, let's talk about one of those similarities. If not the most critical factor when scaling organizations, at least it's up on the podium.

Grow like you mean it.

Inevitably when an organization grows, the people in the organization need to grow with the role. What you did six months ago won't be the same thing you do in six months. Do you manage three people today? Congrats, in 11 months, you'll be managing 53. The skill to scale with the organization is especially crucial for leaders. The last scenario is not an uncommon one. And it usually happens to people who are managers for the first time in their careers.

Keeping up with the pace is hard, and I'd say the failure rate of leaders scaling with the org is around 35-45%. As in 35-45% are not able to scale with the organization. Meaning that they will have their scope diminished. In fact, it is not unusual that the organization hires a new "Head of" that you all of a sudden have to report to.

So how can you prevent yourself from ending up in the wrong bucket?

Hey, I need to scale!

New role? Congrats. If you now find yourself in the deep end of the pool, so to say, feeling a bit overwhelmed by your new role, here are my suggestions on what to do.

The list could go on and on, but these three are reasonable first steps to take.

Be humble, and did I also mention; Ask for help?