The Case for My Smallest Office Yet


The A Group has just moved into its new offices. This is the third, and the largest, office space I have helped design for my company; however, this is the smallest corner office I’ve had since the beginning of our company 10 years ago. The shrinking of my personal space and the growth of my company is both symbolic and practical. It’s been a slow learning curve for me to lead a growing group of highly talented professionals. Here are some thoughts about my shrinking office:

Executive corner office

The A Group is much more than the sum total of my skills. At one point I ran a business that was mostly, if not solely, dependent on my abilities. When you hire smart people, they will not stay around unless you allow them to grow, find their place, and make their unique contribution. You cannot do that if you believe that every great idea must come from one source, and that being you. I’ve watched my team flourish over the past years and continue to do so.

It is important to put our resources where it will best serve the organization. No one in our executive team, including me, got new furniture for their new offices. But we bought state-of-the-art Herman Miller workstations for our entire tech team. After years of working shoulder to shoulder, these guys deserved the upgrade. The executive team unanimously decided that it was the best way to invest our resources.

I am more secure than ever before in my team’s abilities to do amazing work instead of my personal brand. The entire organization has become the source of my professional pride and not my over-sized office or ego. I’m not saying that if you have a big office, you have a big ego. But it was true for me. And while my ego is still rather large, I have realized that the quality of what we do is more important than the wow of a large corner office.



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By Maurilio Amorim


  • Anonymous

    Way to go! But if that picture is an accurate depiction of the layout, you have a very LARGE window view. 😉

    Congratulations on the move and the growth of the company it represents. Look forward to visiting.

  • Good thoughts…I enjoy reading your posts

  • I heart u (in a safe, platonic, Christian-brother, you inspire me… sort of way). 

  • Great symbolism here and something more companies should look at.  

    I find it interesting that as the Team grew, your office shrank which is truly a depiction of role transitioning.  

    Most CEO’s do just the opposite and the larger a company becomes, the larger the space and thus the more disconnected they become.

    An interesting experiment would be to place a CEO in a cubicle for a couple of months to see what insights they would gain from around them?  hmmmm….  I think I have my next blog post 🙂

    Great read as always.

  • I love how you’re allowing the natural to reflect the spiritual in your work. It’s something more companies should look at doing. Not only is it symbolic for you, but for your whole company. I work at a place where the ideas have to come from certain top people to be implemented. It breeds laziness, carelessness, and kills creativity, not to mention is a horrible use of human resources, when companies act that way.

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