plural noun: growing pains; noun; growing pain
the awkward transition from commercial adolescence to company adulthood
Does your organisation chart look like this?
You have a great business idea, you start out, brothers and sisters in arms, rolling up your sleeves and cracking on. All of a sudden, the business starts to flourish, your client base is growing, and you have a healthy pipeline of new business, in fact you might even have to turn down work.
You should feel positive, but instead you’re feeling pressure – your teams are on the brink of burnout, morale is low and customer service is suffering. The infrastructure and processes that served you so well have stopped working. Things need to change but you don’t have the bandwidth to determine the what or the how.
It may not feel like it, but you are FAR from alone. What you’re suffering from are growing pains – the awkward transition from commercial adolescence to company adulthood.
The key to navigating an unexpected growth spurt is to:
Hire a bad-ass team – ensure that you have the right people in the right seat doing the right job – this will free you up to be on the business rather than in business so you can focus on your long term goals, vision and strategy.
Review, recalibrate, streamline your processes, operations and supply-chain: Are they fit for purpose? If not, why not? Identify what you can do better/differently to ensure that you are agile and ready to scale up.
Relinquish Control: – As the business grows it is important for the founder to step away from the hands-on approach and focus on cultivating a growth mindset for yourself and the business, fostering a culture that embraces change, innovation and continuous learning and development.
Change is necessary, messy and often painful but once you come out the other side (hopefully with your sanity intact), it will be worth it.
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