Culture matters.  Culture really matters when a company is in rapid transformation fueled by growth.  This series addresses common “Growing Pain Gotchas,” and this post specifically speaks to what can happen when culture is compromised.  Remain alert to spotting early warning signs of vultures that are feeding on any decay in your cultural foundation and you can keep your company healthy and viable for future growth and success. I was engaged with an early growth stage company who had done a very good job of identifying their target…

Growth is rarely linear and predictable in the early growth stages of a business venture and the growth itself can begin to morph or change the company in many ways.  This series addresses a range of commonly experienced business growing pains – what they are, how to spot them, and most importantly, strategies to eradicate them early before they damage the companies viability.  I call these the  “Growing Pain Gotchas” (or GPG’s for short). All of us probably remember the guy in high school (or maybe we were…

Business owners live and breathe their businesses and are the very individuals most motivated to identify breakthrough solutions to issues or breakthrough ways to capture new opportunity.  Sometimes, however, it is the connection and the closeness to the business that can create blind spots and result in missed or slighted opportunities for growth and success.   A fellow Tarheel and well known poet and author, Robert Morgan,  once said that “Distance not only gives nostalgia, but perspective and maybe objectivity.”   And “distance” in various forms can be quite healthy…

I love art, so I sometimes take liberties with analogies related to art and business, because the visual often serves as an amazing source for igniting my own creativity and even prompting solutions when problem solving.  Many of you may be  familiar with M.C. Escher, and as such, you know that he was fascinated with creating unique studies of perspectives and that he used perspective playfully in many of his drawings and etchings such as the one featured below titled “Relativity.” Escher once was quoted as saying, “Only…

Aspiring to growth for leaders and entrepreneurs alike is not a one size fits all proposition – options include top line growth, profitable bottom line growth, sustainable growth, explosive growth, and more. The disruptive world of today offers so many dimensions to consider for achieving growth aspirations – many of which were not present in decades or even years past. Disruption is everywhere and where business models and growth are concerned, disruption is a force to consider more than ever. There are no magic bullets, or secret formulas,…