[QOTD 2015-04-07] Enclosing the Commons of the Mind

Quote Of The Day:

“Each day brings some new Internet horror story about the excesses of intellectual property. We are wasting some of the promise of the Internet, running the risk of ruining an amazing system of scientific innovation, carving out an intellectual property exemption to the First Amendment. “

The Public Domain: Enclosing the Commons of the Mind, by James Boyle


Why a company breaks when it reach 25 employees


(1) The boss can’t manage everyone himself anymore.

The dream of a totally flat organization is over.

(2) Everyone doesn’t know what’s going on anymore.

Now people have to learn to focus on what they need to do, learn when and whom to reach out to, and trust that everyone else will do the same.

(3) People start caring about their careers.

When you start out, the people that work for you are often passionate believers who are just trying to help the business succeed.

Something funny happens around employee 25; People start asking about their career paths at your company. They want to know both what opportunities for growth there are and the possibilities for promotion.

(4) Culture starts to solidify.

By the time you hit 25 employees, culture starts to set.

What are the habits everyone follows? How do you celebrate wins? (Do you?) How are failures handled? What does the team do to find joy in their work? How do you communicate? Are problems resolved or swept under the rug?


(1) You have to look how you can keep people feeling connected to the big vision.

The bigger your company grows, the easier it is to feel like your work doesn’t have the impact it once did. If you can still help everyone feel like they’re contributing something important, they’ll follow you to the ends of the earth.

(2) Find and Recognize Small Wins.

The more your company grows, the easier it will become for individual contributions to be overlooked. It’s also easier for people to feel like a cog in the machine and that their work doesn’t matter. To fight this, look for small wins and regular progress they can make that matters.

“Of all the things that can boost emotions, motivation, and perceptions during a workday, the single most important is making progress in meaningful work.

And the more frequently people experience that sense of progress, the more likely they are to be creatively productive in the long run.”

(3) Embrace Change

Change is scary. And the bigger your company grows, the harder it can be to bring about change. However, if you embrace it and look at it as a series of small opportunities to fix problems, you will build momentum towards building the company you want yours to be.