The myth we call "got too big" or "grew too fast"
It's hard to create good solutions when you're working on the wrong problem. Business is rarely easy, but for some companies there are growth points that seem to make almost everything a lot harder. It's tough to keep up with all the work, even after you hire more people. You have all the old problems and a lot of new ones.
It's easy to understand how growth or speed might look like the problem.
Infrastructure is a term to describe the tools and systems and processes that are the way you do your work. The real problem in most businesses that supposedly got too big or grew too fast is that they never built the infrastructure they needed to replace the systems and processes and tools they outgrew. (Click on graphic or button to download for free.)
Part One of this article speaks directly to leaders who grow and succeed and wake up one day to find they're working really hard but can't catch up. They make more but spend more. They work with more people and have more people problems. Success isn't as fun as they thought it would be. The real problem is not that they got too big or grew too fast, their real problem is that their old infrastructure can't support the amount of work they have now.
Part Two outlines four fundamental principles that can help big and small businesses, and especially merging and growing businesses, see and fix the weak spots in their own infrastructure. (It's awesome stuff. Seriously.)
Part Three contains step-by-step instructions for an effective strategy session to get your team organized and into action.
It's very hard to create good solutions until you understand the real problem. Infrastructure is both what is broken and how to fix it.
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