How to overcome the common business failures to successfully scale…
“Scaling up is every entrepreneur’s dream – and nightmare. Hypergrowth is terrifying, and it’s most often success that kills great companies.” – Verne Harnish, Scaling Up: How a Few Companies Make It … and Why the Rest Don’t
Let’s define business growth…
When your business is growing, you are increasing:
Meanwhile, your expenses tend to grow at the same rate (if not more) because growth sucks cash!
That’s the external reality.
The internal reality is that as the business grows, you find yourself working more hours.
Stress levels and the drama of the daily operations with your team are both through the roof.
What you’re experiencing is a growth paradox: the belief that as you scale the company – and increase your dream team, prospects, and resources – things should get easier. But they don’t.
Things actually get more difficult and more complex.
Scaling is a whole other story
“When you scale, you are growing at 2x the industry average but your expenses year over year remain stable.” – Daniel Marcos, CEO Growth Institute
When you’re scaling, your revenue is growing at a much faster rate than your expenses, giving you the cash and resources to help you fund and support the increased business.
You have the opportunity to hire the right team, invest in tools and resources you couldn’t afford before – reducing operating drama.
When you’re scaling, you can have your life back!
Beware the “Valleys of Death”
What is the difference that enables some companies to scale, while others cave under the weight of their own growth?
Let’s take the United States, as an example – there are currently around 28 million companies and 96% of these businesses are stuck!
Out of the 28 million, only 4% are making over $1 million in revenue per year, less than 1% are making over $10 million and only 17,000 are making over $50 million.
Scott Tannas is the founder and former president/CEO of Western Financial Group. He successfully led this company for 20 years before it was acquired by the Desjardins Financial Group for $440 million. Scott developed an outline that demonstrates the typical pattern of roadblocks companies hit when trying to move to the next level:
Australian numbers are almost identical (source ATO 2015-2016 stats):
A business and its leaders must break through each “Valley of Death” to a new way to scale, while making money and maintaining culture at the same time.
When you’re trying to grow and you find yourself in a ‘Valley of Death’, you’ll need to master new competencies.
What got you here will not get you to the next level!
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I hope you have enjoyed these insights. Have a great week and stay growth-focused!