For a long time I have immersed myself in the topic of how small business CEOs and owners can better leverage “big business” best practices without fear!
Specifically, many smallbiz CEO reject big business practices because they fear (and loath) getting bogged down in what they view as pointless processes and bureaucracy.
I do consulting type work for small businesses and I frequently see areas for operational and strucural improvement. But the CEO is reluctant to implement change because of their aforementioned fears or, frankly, they just have a bias against big business.
So the imperative is to introduce more rigour in the business coupled with simplicity and pragmatism. Rigour = accountability leading to performance.