Not likely, but I am always intrigued when the same idea appears in two possible different (opposing?) contexts.
Small is Huge by David Neff from Christianity Today.
God wants his kingdom to be received by those with a "small attitude," not by people who want to give God a global marketing plan. God wants to begin in a hidden way, because he is full of surprises. God does not hold media eventsâ€”except perhaps for humble shepherds. He does not invite celebrities to show up for star-studded evenings. There are not zillions of flashbulbs going off when God begins his work.
"It just seems a much more gratifying place," says Jeff Grabowski, vice president of marketing for the Goltz Group. "I always loved coming to work for the exciting, fast-paced, creative energy part of it, but now it's...it's... I'm shying away from saying the word family, because it's not really a family, but there's just this greater community sense that we are all on the same mission together."
Goltz, too, is feeling good about the changes. "Somebody said to me last week, 'Oh, so you're having a midlife crisis.' I said, 'No. My whole business life has been a crisis. Now I'm having midlife contentment.'
"I look around the company, and I get tremendous satisfaction out of the fact that I have wonderful people working for me, and they're doing great things and making customers happy. I realize that I've got it big enough that I'm doing just fine. I'm making enough income now that I can live a very nice life. I don't need to be off starting new businesses. I just want my business to run itself to a degree, so that I can be free to go out and do speeches or whatever. That's happiness. For me, happiness is not about building a $100 million company."
Oh, and here is a link to an article about companies who "choose to be great" instead of being big.
So, is this a sign of a new trend in business? Is this something the internet can afford us? Perhaps it is a reaction against the mega church and the supersized industry. Most likely it is simply a strange coinsidence, but I thought they were good articles. Take a gander.