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Balancing the Three Unavoidable Zones of Business Growth

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The Challenge Defined: Every company goes through an inevitable evolution, and within each stage of growth there are three unavoidable zones a company will experience. We refer to these zones as the Preparation Zone, the Performance Zone,…

Getting Systems and Processes in Place as Company Grows

The Challenge Defined: Anyone who knows me or has read my blogs, knows I’m passionate about processes. Processes aren’t the sexy side of business growth – others prefer to talk about “innovation” and “entrepreneurship” and the…

Focusing on Opportunities

The Challenge Defined: As companies grow and add levels of hierarchy, it’s harder to stay agile and creative and to respond quickly to new opportunities. Decision-making is slowed because the stakes are higher. Leadership teams tend to…

Kate Ripp’s Interview With High Stakes Partners on Growing Yourself Out of Business

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It’s the surprises that usually get you! Experienced business owners often warn one another, “Watch out when your company hits 50 employees! Everything changes then.” By the time you reach this size, the challenges you face sneak up on…

Processes and Resource Allocation Challenges

The Challenge Defined: There will quickly come a time when your company outgrows your ability to manage all the important functions on a daily basis. To catch all the problems before they happen. To make all the decisions. How can you ensure…

What is Your Leadership Team’s Confidence/Caution Ratio?

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There’s a business management principle called the Builder/Protector Ratio that measures the extent to which a company operates with confidence vs. caution. It’s an important analytical tool that allows a leadership team to assess the company’s…

Delegation – When, What and How

Why is it so difficult for some leaders to delegate? Deep down, they surely know that delegating responsibilities and decisions can foster growth across their company. They also must know that delegation leads to personal growth, which in turn…

Tap Into the Intelligence of Your Organization

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Business owners and leaders often assume they know how their employees think, how they feel, what they know, and what they don’t know. They assume the best, when in reality it’s been reported that 70% of employees are either disengaged (very…

Describe and Define Critical Processes

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Anything that needs to be done more than once can be captured and turned into a process. Entrepreneurs tend to ignore the value of processes. There are lots of reasons for this (and none of them are good) but that’s a story for another day.…

Creating a Dialogue to Improve Performance

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Why is there often a disconnect between a boss and an employee?  It can start with the employee’s first day on the job. They’re fresh, excited, and eager to impress. The manager is congratulating themself on a great hire and they’re…