Amidst the gazillion thoughts and discussions this economic downturn has signalled, thought I’d put up mine too.
This situation has made it amply clear that companies need to have the ability to respond with lightning rapidity. They need to be able to scale up or down, lay off or on, speed up or slow down, rapidly.
So I was wondering how do you do that, and somehow I began to think about Lego blocks. Anyone who has played with them knows that whether you have 50 blocks in your box or 500 or 5000, the possibilities are endless. You can make a house with 50, 500 or 5000 blocks.
And my proposal is a Lego company. How would such a company be formed? By smaller companies which are the blocks.
The company (i.e. the one with said idea or product or service) would have a tiny core team which would put together the blocks and manage that they functioned right. Scaling up blocks when business picked up, scaling down when it slowed down.
Needless to say, the skillsets required would be very different from a regular organization!
The blocks too, would not be permanently staffed because their success would equally depend on the ability to scale up or down the size of blocks. So it’s entirely possible that permanent staffing will die down, and we’ll all be interim hires brought on when things are good, and off work when they’re not.The parallel that comes to mind is farming. Where the core is the landowner and a skeleton staff, and during sowing and reaping season a lot of interim/temp jobs come up for which there are people who are ready and accustomed to that way of life.
Is the world turning full circle? Are we going to see the return of the nomadic way of life? From settlers to hu
Would love to know what you think! Please comment, leave your thoughts and add value to this discussion!