Simplifying

Simplifying inspires action; and Scaling up needs action. A lot of it. When we simplify, we are effective, more productive, less stressed, more efficient. And we save time. One of the ways in Simplifying is cutting things down to its essence – minimalizing – rooting out extra steps, and doing only what’s truly needed. This …

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Emotional Drive

It’s the Emotional drive that fuels the Scaling-up process – though strategy, logic and the like are often over-rated. The Emotional urge one has towards the business, towards the purpose, powers the Emotional drive – for self and the Team. It’s the Emotional drive that helps one go beyond comfort zones, navigate the course despite …

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Active Recruiting

Scaling-up businesses are on a recruiting mode. Always. ‘Active Recruiting Posture’, as Frank Slootman calls it. Scaling-up businesses need to plan and engage in their talent hunt not just to meet their current needs, but to feed their emerging needs in future, as the growth is significantly faster. Therefore the approach to talent and hiring …

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Execution matters

When it comes to Scaling-up, Strategy matters; Execution matters even more. Excellence in Execution is critical in a Scale-up journey. And any strategy is only as good as its execution. Even the best of strategies, if not executed well, flunks. Even moderate strategies, if executed well, works. Are we focusing (enough) on Execution? #ceo #scaleup …

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Cultural Fitness

Scaling up businesses recruit talent, at multiple levels. Cultural fitness is one of the critical aspects to consider while hiring. Creating, nurturing a healthy culture in the Organisation is important alongside building and scaling-up the business. Hiring for competence is no brainer. But an appropriate hire would be the one who is functionally fit and …

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Operating Rhythm

Setting an Operating rhythm in place is crucial in a Scale-up journey – consisting of a series of operational templates, reviews, check-ins, and execution routines that the Organisation practices in-sync. One of the key aspects in creating such an Operating rhythm is having well-structured reviews at different intervals, at multiple levels. And creating a review …

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Pacing

We have heard ‘speed to market’ is critical. Possibly yes. What we also need to consider is ‘Pacing’ – Pacing oneself and one’s business to the speed that’s safe and smooth. Smooth is fast. Calibrating one’s pace while Scaling-up is supremely important. It’s strategic, it’s dynamic; and more importantly a conscious choice to make in …

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10:10:10 Rule

Happened to read about the 10:10:10 rule on decision making – that brings a perspective while seeking clarity on options available; especially when the solutions are not going to make everyone happy. It’s asking – how will we feel about it in 10 minutes from now? Would it (really) matter and how. How about 10 …

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