Follow Jack on his journey to keep the “ow” out of hyper growth.

Like every small business owner or entrepreneur, you likely have a lot weighing on your mind at all times. You’re juggling strategy, execution, recruiting, hiring, finances, and fulfillment, all while trying to make vendors, clients and employees happy. To top it all, your ultimate goal is to continue to grow your business and take its success to the next level. The combination of all of these variables can be daunting, not to mention a breeding ground for chaos.

Although some organizations experience unplanned growth and become an overnight sensation, the majority of us need to put a plan in place to prepare and promote growth in our companies. In order to scale your business efficiently, effectively and with as few headaches as possible, the following are several tips to fuel your growth without sacrificing direction, culture, systems, or success.

Jack, be nimble.

When it comes to focusing on growth, it is easy to create tunnel vision and become hyper-focused on one element that ultimately leads to growth. For many companies, the focus may be on sales. Makes sense, right? Yes, but sales are not the only contributors to growth potential. Without effective and efficient fulfillment of the products or services sold, you won’t be able to grow. Additionally, without continuous review of customer or client feedback, you could be selling well but creating a lot of grief on the end of the consumer.

Your organization must be an agile one if you are to experience growth, especially fast growth, by being adaptable and reimagining constantly. This type of flexibility will equip you for those growing pains and lead you through a journey of constant evolution. A dogmatic approach to growth is never a good one.

Jack, be quick.

Although the previous tip encourages you to be flexible, that is not to say that a level of strictness isn’t required in business at all. In fact, when it comes to testing new innovations in your business, it is important to track and measure upon launch and, if you’re not seeing the results needed or desired within a predetermined timeframe, move on.

The biggest lesson any CEO or entrepreneur can learn is allowing things that aren’t working or aren’t profitable linger longer than they should. This approach can become a cancer in your organization. Being aware of the progress of a new initiate is critical from the second it launches. Having the systems to surface whether or not that initiative is achieving the desired results is imperative. Gone are the days where throwing a dart at the wall and hoping for the best is the key to success. Planned and predictable progress is key along with the strength to fail fast and move on when something just isn’t working.

Create flow. (Candlestick jumping not necessary.)

Every organization needs a little, actually a lot, of rhyme and reason. Meeting schedules, for example, are a critical piece of the puzzle as your organization experiences growth. Creating a regular rhythm of meetings for executives, departments, and the organization as a whole, will equip you with continuous checkpoints along the way to evaluate your successes, identify areas of potential improvement and address any concerns of both your team and client base. Just as you would craft a plan for your two, three, and five-year growth, you need to craft a meeting plan and create milestone check-ins along the way to ensure actionable progress.

Meeting schedules are just one example of flow. Others include the processes that are followed throughout your organization, the systems that are used to breed efficiency and productivity, rules and guidelines for conduct, calendars, and so much more. The point here is that success requires some amount of structure and the greater your emphasis on systems, process and flow, the greater your chances of realizing the growth you seek.

Fun in the forefront.

I’m sure you’re wondering if we’ve saved this tip for last for a reason, and yes, yes we have! First off, it didn’t go with our nursery rhyme theme we were working on (sorry, Jack!) However, secondly, we believe that if you’re not having fun doing what you do, you shouldn’t be doing it at all. As creators of companies, there is a level of passion that oozes from business owners and entrepreneurs. Creating businesses offers them a platform to share their vision with the world and see it take on a life of its own.

You’ve probably heard it time and time again, but many entrepreneurs feel that they’ve never really worked a day in their lives; they’re just having fun bringing life to their dreams. The same ideology is true for your team members and customers. Having fun at work is the ultimate reward for employees.  Being able to look forward to Mondays and see the fruits of their labor impact the overall success and growth of the company is motivation in and of itself. The same is true for clients where you’re offering a product or service that solves a problem for them. By making the process fun and easy, the results will pay dividends on your ability to remain a success and continue to grow.

As a small business that is growing at a rapid pace, we’ve experienced many of the age-old growing pains. But we refuse to allow the effects of growth to impact us negatively. By creating a plan, implementing consistency and regularity in meetings, process and improvement, building focus and momentum, recognizing and rewarding our team, we’re primed for success on our terms. So, the question is yours to answer, will you succumb to growing pains or purposefully plan for growth?

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