We know how growth can strain an organization and destabilize it. We also know where to look to get it under control.
Using The Sharpen Group’s proprietary TOPS evaluation framework, we can help you:
We call it SCALABLE EXECUTION.
There are four foundational elements (Strategy, Organization, Process, Technology) that will cause a business's growth to stall out. Additional growth is sporadically achieved, but with less efficiency, lower margins, and high stress levels on the organization.
We call this point where incremental growth comes with unsustainable friction the scalability gap. Missing pieces in any or all of these four elements of scalability can lead to limits on the success and value of the enterprise.
Putting in place the missing elements leads to what we call SCALABLE EXECUTION: the ability to exend the value creation assets of the business beyond the personal and leverage them throughout the organization.
Having guided several businesses across the scalability gap through rapid growth phases, we have developed a clear picture of what strains an organization, adds friction and overhead, and keeps it from successfully scaling.
Take our preliminary scalability diagnostic that's based on our TOPS Assessment. These 14 questions will help you start to understand what’s keeping your organization from reaching your growth objectives.
Use of technology is no longer optional, and defines Differentiation and competitiveness and the importance of it increases relentlessly every day.
Back-office processes, including Finance and Administration, must be organized for scalability to maintain Operating Efficiency with growth.
Getting across the scalability gap requires Alignment – a shared ambition to win and plan for how to do it.
The Culture must be one in which roles and responsibilities are designed for the right interactions and accountability.
Remove paper, automate workflows, and integrate systems to set the table for rapid growth and create one source of the truth for your company.
Look a layer deeper and get the business intelligence to find the hidden friction in the microeconomics of your business.
By balancing the organization and key processes, you can create a less stressful, more rewarding work environment for your team.
We have deep experience in M&A, debt financing, and equity transactions and can help you take risk out of this important part of your growth plan.