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Business professionals often start with small changes to make big changes. In your business or career, choose a pond where you can grow. When you need to learn, experts will be around. It is easier to work in an efficient well managed pond because it provides a base of successful process experience that you can take.
Small in the beginning is beneficial, but if you plan to move into a bigger pond, be sure you are asking for all the hard projects you can stand in the smaller environment. You will need exposure to many areas. Being a small fish in a big pond early on in your career provides the best opportunities to grow.
Going broad early in smaller environments gives you a lot of power and insight down the road because the people in the larger companies are limited to the blinders they are forced to wear. You will be able to make a bigger splash faster in the large environment if you are able to think broadly about the organization. Once you are in the big company, you will be forced to specialize and not have much opportunity to see more than your own area in detail.
Most large companies have a myriad of finance areas all managed by different people with different ideas about what is best. Unless you have seen what best-practice is, you will only know what you know from those who work around you in the larger pond. Large companies are like collections of little villages with hundreds of tribes that all do things differently. If you can keep growing bigger in the big pond you should stay, but if you hit an incomprehensible barrier you should consider moving to the small pond.
Plan your pond-to-pond jumps strategically.
Source: Marietta Avery & Democratandchronicle.com