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Letting Time Slip-Slide Away

When companies grow from small firms into midsized ones, they’re a lot like settlers arriving in a strange new land. There’s a lot to do and not a lot of time to do it in. When the Pilgrims first dropped anchor in November 1620 and rowed ashore, they needed more than shelter. They needed to find water and food. And it was a lot colder than they expected, so they had to make new, warmer clothing. And it behooved them to establish friendly relations with the people they found living there who (reasonably) weren’t all that happy about these outlandish newcomers moving into their neighborhood.

Of course, the Pilgrims couldn’t accomplish everything they needed to get done in a day or a month or even a year. It took a ...

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