Managing Partner - Cuboid Capital,

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Why are so many people obsessed with size?

Whether it's a chef opening multiple restaurants that he ultimately cannot control, an individual opning multiple properties that they no longer visit or a corporation making yet another acquisition which they fail to merge into their original business.

Does increasing size innevitably mean diminishing quality?

  • Nov 6 2012: Below a certain size, one is just another worker/entrepreneur/slave, working to make a living.
    In today's world, for most, if you are able to make a living, you are only on the edge of survival.
    If you fail to make a living, you fall into the muck that billions of others are squirming around in, eating off of each other on a day-to-day, one-day-at-a-time basis. No future, only hope, which is a false concept and belief.

    Above a certain size means working to make money. If you do, you are further above the muck, that scares you more and more each day. If you don't make money, you at least make a living.

    Growing in size leads directly to diminished quality and don't fall for those who continue to believe that leaders are visionary, inspiring, honest, ethical or sincere. Unless it comes to profits and business as usual. People just continue to lie to themselves every day about just about everything.

    Bigger size means less ethics, less honesty, less compassion, less empathy and so on, unless it is for profits.
    That is why companies can say, "100% juice", when it ain't even close. Or, "100% Natural", when it ain't.
    Or they can rape the resources of other countries at greatly reduced prices in order to increase profits.

    Bigger size means bigger profits and means bigger protection from the truth and letting the public know about testing, chemicals, side effects and so on.

    Quality control is not an idea worth pursuing, unless it seriously increases profits. But it doesn't. It usually takes away from them, otherwise, why dump the toxic waste in someone elses back-yard streams? Or, I know this personally, thanks to the dead, Mr. Steve Jobs, who made a conscious decision to screw millions, for higher profits and drive his company to the top. That's a big size.

    Virtually all "reputable brands" are anything but.
    The degradation and destruction done to the environment for profit,
    the sweat shops scattered all over the world for cheap labor, all to increase profit/size.
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    Nov 16 2012: I don't think so, because as you grow more people are involved who have a stake in the success. For example, as McDonalds grew, it franchised some of its restaurants to private individuals, and they worked hard to make their individual restaurants a success, in the meantime also making the McDonald's logo look good.
  • Nov 8 2012: I think there are many different reasons why people want to increase their holdings or influence.

    Some people think they have a good idea and want to share it with as many people as possible.

    Increasing size does not necessarily mean diminishing quality. Today's burgers at McDonald's are no worse than the burgers they served in the 1960's. Perhaps even better. The fries are the same.
  • Nov 7 2012: Territoriality. It's in animals, it's in people about land, it's in people about everything.
  • Nov 6 2012: Many believe size is proportional to power, success, quality, and many other things...however flawed the logic may be.
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    Nov 5 2012: Not necessarily. I think it is the reasonable desire for success, progress or expansion. Diminishing size would not amount to diminishing quality if the businesses are run by visionary and inspiring leaders.
    Leaders, by their passion, integrity, dedication and accountability should ensure that their businesses would balance the pursuit of profit with quality service and genuine care for their customer's interests.

    Increase or progress or expansion is desirable; but quality control should also be a goal worth pursuing. Because it takes more than an increase in outlets to build a reputable brand.