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Scaling Up

2 Simple Secrets You Need to Know Before Scaling Your Company

Molly Reynolds | Posted 08.30.2016 | Business
Molly Reynolds

Everyone can recite the checklist for fast growth: Infrastructure, business model, capital, strategic plan. Check. Yet, there are two lesser-known, insidious barriers that entrepreneurs keep smashing into.

Exit Planning: 8 Steps to Prepare Your Small Business

Matt Roberge | Posted 06.07.2016 | Business
Matt Roberge

Many owners fail to develop an exit plan for their small business, which is a huge mistake. You should develop an exit plan for your business right fr...

All KPIs Are Metrics: The 3Ms of Scaling

Ja-Naé Duane | Posted 04.19.2017 | Business
Ja-Naé Duane

“You can’t manage what you can’t measure.” Management guru Peter Drucker often gets the credit for this quote, and it’s a truth that every o...

How Elite SEM Avoided The Communication Challenges of Scaling Up

Verne Harnish | Posted 01.21.2017 | Business
Verne Harnish

Ben Kirshner has grown Elite SEM, his New York City digital marketing firm, from $5 million in revenue to $22 million in the last 48 months and built a great place to work along the way.

This Hot Tech Scaleup Is Winning the Talent Wars. Here's How.

Verne Harnish | Posted 11.13.2016 | Technology
Verne Harnish

Like many fast-growing technology companies, Appster has held its share of going away parties for departing team members. But as the web and mobile app development firm scaled to roughly $20 million in revenue, co-CEOs and co-founders Mark McDonald and Josiah Humphrey decided that it made more sense to invest in parties to welcome new employees

Fewer, Bigger, Better: A Lesson in Time Management

David Simnick | Posted 09.14.2016 | Business
David Simnick

I often make the analogy that starting a company is like being a Roomba (that robot vacuum that zooms across your floors), because the robot often hits the walls and has to course-correct constantly to achieve its cleaning objective.

Why Jeff Bezos Needs an Army of Robots... Now!

Verne Harnish | Posted 08.20.2016 | Business
Verne Harnish

What Jeff Bezos and the team at Amazon have achieved is unprecedented in the world of retail. However, if the New York Times portrait that ran over the weekend is accurate, what Amazon needs is not better people willing to work longer hours but rather more robots willing to work tirelessly, 23 hours a day, 7 days per week.

Scaling From Scratch

David Simnick | Posted 08.20.2016 | Business
David Simnick

If you Google "Scaling a Company", you'll get over 43 million hits on the subject. There are so many voices advising on how to take a start up past proof of concept to a well-oiled growth machine, and there's a reason. It's hard.

3 Critical Elements for Building a Phenomenal Company Culture

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 07.07.2016 | Small Business
Jamilah Corbitt

Although this is my first stab at scaling a company, I'm no stranger to leadership and teamwork. Throughout my lifetime as an athlete, I've been on all types of teams that ranged from less-skilled but fundamentally sound and hard-working, to highly-talented yet dysfunctional and toxic.

Why It's Vital to Kill Your Own Ideas

Harry Red | Posted 05.15.2016 | Small Business
Harry Red

Ideas are like lottery tickets. They tempt you with change. And we love them for that. But here's a question for you: is your idea better than guesswork?

The Number One Thing Every (Young) Entrepreneur Should Do First

Verne Harnish | Posted 05.20.2015 | Small Business
Verne Harnish

Should you work in the corporate trenches for 20 years? Of course not. Once you've put in a year or two at a big company, you'll have learned what you need to know and picked up a valuable calling card. It's like going to Harvard. You've gotten your ticket punched.

Reinforce Your Company Values Through All Five Senses

Casey Wright | Posted 04.11.2015 | Business
Casey Wright

Company culture is a sensory experience that works best when it is reinforced through all five senses all day long. When you commit to making your employees see, hear, smell, taste, and feel your company's values, the big stuff takes care of itself.

Scaling in Real-Time: How Businesses Can Maintain High Availability during Growing Pains

Miranda Marquit | Posted 01.03.2015 | Small Business
Miranda Marquit

Most businesses are designed to grow. Even my business, which I intend to operate mainly as a one-woman show, has had its issues of scale. In fact, I expanded just enough to make room for a virtual assistant. Most business owners, though, start their businesses intending to "make it big." They know that they will have to scale up at some point.

The Power of Purpose: Driving Innovation and Decision Making

Kari Warberg Block | Posted 12.15.2014 | Business
Kari Warberg Block

There is so much to say about this subject, starting with why your business needs a purpose, how to determine your purpose, and what to do with it once you figure it out.

Why Finding The Perfect Business Mentor is Like Hitting the Jackpot

Jamilah Corbitt | Posted 10.29.2014 | Small Business
Jamilah Corbitt

If you're an entrepreneur with dreams of making it big, the smartest move you can make is finding a mentor. Obtaining the right mentor is like choosing the perfect pair of rollerblades -- once you find the best fit, they offer you quality support and comfort when skating on unpredictable terrain.

A Taste of Honey: Women Entrepreneurs Succeed Differently Than Men, Especially When It Comes to Scaling Their Businesses Up

Jane D. Wurwand | Posted 10.26.2014 | Business
Jane D. Wurwand

As your business grows, pass on your experience and entrepreneurial advice to the next generation of women entrepreneurs. If we want to see more women's businesses scaling up, supporting other women and their entrepreneurial dreams is a great place to start.

The Single Most Important Secret To Scaling Up An Entrepreneurial Venture

George Bradt | Posted 06.23.2014 | Business
George Bradt

In most cases there's one thing keeping an entrepreneurial venture from making the turn from startup to a sustainably growing and thriving enterprise ...

Reflecting on Peter Buffett's Challenge

Dan Cardinali | Posted 10.12.2013 | Impact
Dan Cardinali

At the end of the day, Buffett raised some serious questions in an honest and courageous way. Those of us in the nonprofit sector would do well to consider whether our role in the "charitable-industrial complex" is making the world a better place -- or merely perpetuating "conscience laundering."

Taking a Charter Network to Scale: IDEA Public Schools

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.21.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

Today's post is based on a conversation between the Forum for Youth Investment and IDEA Public Schools' Chief Human Assets Officer Audrey Hooks. She describes IDEA's attempt to disseminate its guiding principles and knowledge, not just curriculum and materials.

What Schools Can Learn From McDonald's and Starbucks

Robert E. Slavin | Posted 05.14.2013 | Impact
Robert E. Slavin

One objection to the entire idea of scaling up proven programs is that 'a school is a lot more complex than a Starbucks.' Yes it is. But that very complexity should make schools more, not less, likely to seek reliable, replicable solutions to the parts of their complex task that can be solved.