I think there’s a general principle at work here: the less energy people expend on performance, the more they expend on appearances to compensate. More often than not, the energy they expend on seeming impressive makes their actual performance worse.
In big companies, there’s always going to be more politics and less scope for individual decisions.
The time may soon be coming when instead of startups trying to seem more corporate, corporations will try to seem more like startups. That would be a good thing.
— Paul Graham
2011.04.02 Saturday ACHK