Companies are like relay races: you need sprinters at the start, middle-stage diehards and great finishers. Different skillsets and attitudes are suited to the different challenges that come as a business grows.
I’m better at motivating smaller teams with a real focus on achieving fewer goals in a short space of time, but it’s not the skillset you necessarily require to run a more mature business. LOVEFiLM completed a merger and Simon Calver replaced me as chief executive. His skillset was very different to mine and he went on to lead the company to even greater success. Maintain a symbiotic relationship with your company and play to your strengths.
In summary, technology has transformed industries from retail to healthcare and will continue to do so. By keeping things simple and focusing on your customers you can lead your sector. Just don’t forget to say ‘please’ and ‘thank you’ as you go!