Stage 7 - Creating a Vision for the Future

Stage 7 - Creating a Vision for the Future

The challenge at this Stage lies in addressing the enormous shift in complexity in the organization as the number of employees can double from just the prior Stage.  By looking at the business from the perspective of an ideal business model, providing an integrated yet holistic template of how the enterprise could perform, you can apply solutions from a more informed viewpoint.  Not an easy transformation for a CEO, but a critical one to think about as a Stage 7 company.

Stage 6: Lack of Strategy Will Kill You

Stage 6: Lack of Strategy Will Kill You

Stage 6 is called the Strategic Stage because the risk of not seeing the larger strategic picture could cause the ‘too little, too late’ syndrome. In Stages 1 - 4, the leader acts nearly exclusively with an immediate focus, dealing with only the current issues and opportunities. The leader doesn’t really have to tackle serious budgets and long-term planning until Stage 5. Now that the company has reached Stage 6, the planning horizon must go beyond a year in order to compete in the marketplace.

How to Survive Your Company's Stage of Growth

How to Survive Your Company's Stage of Growth

John Harper, CEO of a successful 98 employee manufacturing firm in the Pacific Northwest, woke up one morning to the realization that his company would hit the equivalent of a solid concrete wall going 120 miles an hour in just under 90 days. Disaster was at the door. Why?