First, you experience the elation that comes with growth and the success that exceeds your expectations. But, with growth, you realize that what got you to where you are will not get you to where you want to be. Your company has outgrown your available resources and you need to build your team. Yet, at this stage, you’re simply not ready to commit to another full-time executive and you know bringing in a more junior resource won’t solve the problem.
Most business owners we talk to say they have tried everything and just can’t seem to find the right solution. So, the only natural short-term answer is to work harder and push your team harder. Many bring in resources with specific expertise to address symptoms, but, yet the overall problem persists. You feel The Growth Paradox of one step forward, followed by one step back. This is the normal progression of the successful small business owner and when you reach this phase it’s time for a different approach.
When experiencing The Growth Paradox, one step forward then one step back, it's time for a change
The frustration and exhaustion associated with juggling multiple roles during this critical stage of business can be overwhelming. Overextending you and your team for long periods of time cannot and will not work. While most of us know this, it leaves us feeling stuck. You know action is creating the problem, but no action would quickly become a much bigger problem.
If you're in this predicament, you're far from alone and the solution is simple. You need to delegate some of your workload in daily operations to a trusted partner so you can focus on growth.
With a clear understanding of your limitations in time, money, and other resources, we are that trusted partner to bridge the gap of Death Valley by becoming your fractional operations leader until you're ready to bring the right person onboard full-time.
We have a process that, first, gets to know you and your business, then collaborates on an Operational Action Plan, followed by executing that plan together to get you out of the weeds and focused on the specific actions to move your company to the next level.
The freedom you will feel when many of the tasks that were weighing you down and hijacking your days become the responsibility for us as your trusted partner is almost indescribable. For the first time in a long time, you will have the time and clarity to think. The creativity and excitement of being an entrepreneur will return and you will have restored energy for the steps needed for positive and profitable progress.
Although it is hard and sometimes frightening to bring someone else in to help you lead, know that we are here for you as a bridge serving as your fractional operations leader to get you over this very specific and challenging stage of business. Simply put, The Growth Paradox cannot be outworked. In fact, the harder you try to outwork the problem the worse it gets. You cannot grind past The Entrepreneur's Dilemma. To traverse Death Valley and climb to the top you must have a Sherpa to get you through. We are that affordable support that keeps operations intact while you concentrate on forward progress.
If you're in Death Valley and open to learning how others effectively get through this challenge, contact us any time for a discussion.