Do You Have a Language to Speak About the Issues
and Challenges That Need to be Addressed?
The ability for the CEO to get clear about the right things at the right time as the company grows is what separates high performing companies from those that are mediocre. The companies that grow and prosper are the ones that stay ahead of the growth curve.
James Fischer, author of the book Navigating the Growth Curve, defines the growth curve as the fine line that a company navigates between chaos and equilibrium in any stage of growth, the path or balance between chaos and equilibrium and arc through every stage of growth.
Below are the seven stages that Fischer’s research identified based on the complexity that comes from adding employees. Note the flood zones and wind tunnels between stages that can be major disruptive forces unless you are prepared for them.
The Art of Confidently Navigating the Growth Curve
“Every living thing has an ideal path of growth, including business enterprises. This growth curve is directed by the laws of proportion, rhythm, and adaptability. Confidently navigating the growth curve is truly the art of growing your organization along the fine line between chaos and order.
“The three main concerns that every company has — sustainable profit, staff satisfaction, and predicting /managing growth, can be more confidently addressed if you understand that a company is like a living entity with its own kind of intelligence.
“To really hit the ball out of the park, entrepreneurs need to create the conditions, or the organizational climate, that produces a growth curve enterprise, a profit-driven, people-centered, growth-smart company.” James Fischer
Effectively Navigating Your Company’s Growth Curve
Fischer’s research discovered that a company, like any other living organism, has natural stages of growth it must go through. You can’t skip over or speed through any of those stages without facing the consequences.
In my experience guiding executives of fast growing enterprises, Stages 3, 4 and 5 present the most challenges which can result in overwhelm and burnout. You can minimize growth trauma by identifying and naming the challenges of your company’s specific stage of growth.\
It is possible to more effective, more confident, and more impactful without forfeiting your life.
The First Step
Begin by answering these three questions:
1. How many employees to you today?
2. How many employees did you have 12 months ago?
3. How many employees do you plan to have 12 months from now?
Set aside 10-15 minutes and complete the online online growth stage questionnaire.
Then, Schedule Phone Strategy Debrief Session With Me
You and I will identify the top challenges you are facing in your current stage of curve,
determine if there are any unfinished issues from a previous stage, and how to best prepare for your next stage of growth.