What you’re missing
You can probably get along pretty well without any one of your team. Maybe not quite as well, but maybe as often, even a little better. It isn’t that they don’t do important work, or that they’re disruptive, it’s just that every additional human in the loop adds a communication and coordination overhead. Which means everything that involves more than one person takes a little bit longer.
This is not to say you should look to reduce your team today.
It is to say that when someone leaves … take a beat. Don’t replace them straight away. Take time to work out what you’re missing when that role goes unfilled. See how naturally the tasks get taken, notice what happens when they don’t, and pay attention to anything heading even remotely towards a cliff edge.
Then make the decision.
Skippy strategy: Few people need replacing straight away. Take a minute.
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