I invested a day last week advising the executive team of a Nashville-based business with branches in several southern states. My job was to help them resolve several challenges caused by their rapid growth. One question we explored concerned whether the company had grown enough and should henceforth do nothing but aim to maintain its current annual revenue level.
Several of the executives expressed satisfaction with what they had achieved over the past few years, both in the business as well as in their personal lives. They felt content and although they were fairly young men and women, they saw their hard-work-years as having ended. They now saw themselves as treading water rather than trying to win any races. “We don’t need any more money,” they told me.