This Week@Work what is the right growth rate for your business? To start with, you have to grow at a rate that outstrips various factors that constantly erode your business value, above that it depends on your ambition, and goals.
Author: Lindokuhle Ntombela
In a recent episode of The Money Show with Pavlo, the focus was on achieving growth for businesses, particularly in the challenging economic landscape of South Africa. Despite the stagnant growth of the economy, Pavlo shared invaluable insights and strategies for business owners to navigate and thrive. Let’s delve into some of the key takeaways:
Embrace a Growth Mindset
Pavlo emphasised the importance of adopting a growth mindset. In a stagnant economy, it’s crucial for business owners to shift their thinking towards growth opportunities. Being open to new ideas and continuous learning is essential for identifying and seizing growth prospects.
Understand the Economic Climate
While the overall economy might be stagnant, not all industries experience the same growth rates. Pavlo highlighted the significance of understanding industry dynamics and identifying sectors with higher growth potential. By focusing efforts on growth-oriented industries, business owners can capitalise on emerging opportunities.
Invest in Scalability
Scaling a business can be daunting, especially in uncertain economic times. However, Pavlo stressed the importance of building scalable systems and processes. By investing in infrastructure that can support growth, businesses can expand without compromising efficiency or profitability.
Differentiate from Competitors
In a market where many businesses are complacent or resistant to change, those with a growth mindset have a competitive advantage. Pavlo urged business owners to innovate and differentiate themselves from competitors. By offering unique value propositions and constantly evolving, businesses can attract customers and gain market share.
Focus on Profitability
Growth shouldn’t come at the expense of profitability. Pavlo cautioned against pursuing revenue growth without considering profitability. Instead, he encouraged businesses to focus on increasing profitability alongside expansion. Smart growth strategies should aim to enhance both revenue and profitability, ensuring sustainable, long-term success.
Measure Success Holistically
When evaluating growth, it’s essential to look beyond revenue figures. Pavlo advised business owners to consider factors such as increased customer base, market share expansion, and improved profitability. By taking a holistic approach to measuring success, businesses can assess their growth trajectory accurately.
Achieving business growth in a stagnant economy requires a proactive approach, strategic thinking, and a willingness to adapt. By embracing a growth mindset, understanding industry dynamics, investing in scalability, differentiating from competitors, prioritising profitability, and measuring success comprehensively, business owners can navigate challenges and unlock opportunities for sustainable growth.
This Week@Work it’s time to scale, grow and dominate, regardless of what’s happening in the economy. If you aren’t growing, one of your competitors probably is, and they are going to eat your lunch.
This Week@Work, be sure to split your time and attention into growing your business revenue AND deepening its capital value. The cost of realising this too late is as devastating as it is unforgivable.
In the dynamic realm of business growth, the journey to scaling sales is both an art and a science. Understanding the intricacies of this process is key for business owners aiming to unlock their company’s full potential. Let’s explore invaluable insights, shedding light on essential lessons for businesses looking to scale their sales successfully.
Sales: The Core of Business Success
At the heart of every thriving business lies a robust sales strategy. Sales are the lifeblood of any enterprise, regardless of whether it offers products or services. Without a well-defined sales engine, growth and success become challenging.
The Science of Selling: A Delicate Balance
Drawing parallels between the artisanal craft of baking and the science of selling, we find a delicate balance required for success. Much like precision in baking, sales demand a systematic approach. This intersection of science and art becomes the foundation for sustainable business growth.
The Funding and Sales Conundrum: Finding the Right Mix
A common misconception among business owners is the belief that a great product alone can propel a business to success. But a stellar product is only one half of the equation. The other half involves establishing a robust formula for commercial success, with a well-oiled sales engine driving the process.
Navigating the Digital Evolution: Ground Presence Matters
In an ever-evolving digital landscape, the shift from relying solely on digital platforms to find clients and customers, to the importance of establishing a physical presence is critical. Finding motivated salespeople is a global challenge, underscoring the necessity of a dedicated team on the ground to connect with customers on a personal level.
The Secret of Selling: Understanding Your Customer
The core of selling is understanding your customer. Instead of immediately presenting your product’s features, start by comprehending your customer’s problems and needs. Building this initial connection sets the stage for a successful sales process.
Building a Scalable Sales Engine: The Key to Long-Term Success
Building a scalable sales engine involves creating systems that consistently deliver on promises to customers. By prioritising the development of a reliable sales team and system, business owners can focus on growth rather than mere maintenance.
As businesses navigate the challenges of scaling, embracing these lessons becomes a pivotal step towards sustained growth and success. Learn more in this podcast discussion on the sales engine, from The Money Show:
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This Week@Work the brilliant film Nyad, about 60-year-old swimmer Diana Nyad’s record breaking swim from Cuba to Florida is exactly what we, as business owners need to kickoff 2024 with passion, commitment and a clear destination to drive our efforts and activities.
In the dynamic landscape of business, the ability to navigate challenges and uncertainties is paramount for success. As we step into 2024, a year filled with global elections, geopolitical tensions, and economic complexities, the need for strategic planning and purpose-driven leadership is more critical than ever. Drawing inspiration from an unexpected source, Pavlo Phitidis shares his thoughts on how the world of business can glean valuable lessons from the extraordinary journey of Diana Nyad, a world record holding long distance swimmer.
Setting the Destination:
In a recent discussion on “The Money Show,” Pavlo & Bruce Whitfield, shared insights into the challenges and opportunities awaiting in 2024. Recognizing the turbulent waters ahead, Pavlo turned to a surprising source for inspiration – a movie called “Nyad.” The film follows Diana Nyad’s quest to swim from Cuba to Florida, a 100-mile journey through shark-infested waters and unpredictable conditions.
Nyad’s journey became a metaphor for setting a destination in the business world. As Pavlo noted, “Without a destination, you’re going to be swimming in circles.” In the context of business, having a clear vision and purpose is essential to guide strategic decisions and overcome obstacles.
Lessons from Nyad’s Journey:
Diana Nyad’s determination and resilience offer profound insights for business owners facing challenges. Her journey wasn’t just about conquering a physical feat; it was driven by a deep purpose to achieve something remarkable. A key takeaway from the movie is the importance of defining a destination and building a team around that shared goal.
Pavlo emphasizes, “Destination matters.” Without a clear vision, businesses risk swimming aimlessly, unable to attract the right talent and resources. The parallel drawn between Nyad’s swim and business ownership highlights the significance of planning, teamwork, and unwavering commitment.
Team Collaboration: Nyad’s success wasn’t a solo effort. Behind her remarkable achievement were a coach, a navigator, a nutritionist, and a team dedicated to her vision. In the business world, Pavlo draws parallels to successful entrepreneurs like Jeff Bezos and Steve Jobs. Each of them began with a vision, assembling teams that shared their passion and commitment.
Dealing with Failure: The conversation delves into the fear of failure, acknowledging that failure is often seen as a black mark. However, the lesson from Nyad’s journey and the experiences of renowned inventors like Thomas Edison is that persistence and relentless pursuit of a goal lead to success.
Purpose Beyond Fame: One notable aspect of Nyad’s story is her pursuit of a greater purpose beyond fame or fortune. As Phitidis observes, “Diana Nyad never did what she did to be famous.” This echoes the idea that a business should be driven by a purpose that goes beyond financial success, leaving a lasting impact on the world.
As we navigate the business obsctacles of 2024, the lessons from Diana Nyad’s extraordinary swim resonate deeply. Setting a destination, building a committed team, embracing failure as part of the journey, and finding purpose beyond personal gain are crucial elements for enduring success in the business world. Let Nyad’s journey inspire business leaders, to swim with purpose and resilience, overcoming challenges to reach their desired destinations.
In this article, originally featured in Elite Business: To create wealth as a business owner, you need to change how and what you lead over time.
Wealth creation is a strategy, not luck. As a business owner, embracing change is vital to remain relevant, grow, and win in a noisy and competitive market. It’s essential to wealth creation.
Across your lifespan as a business owner, how you lead your business determines your wealth creation outcome. As your company grows, how you lead and direct it must change to ensure it becomes your greatest wealth-generating asset.
Using a framework against which to know when and how to change the way you lead a business is helpful. I’ve noticed six distinct shifts in leadership attention and direction that enable the likelihood that your business and career generate wealth and a legacy.
Positioning growth leadership
This is about understanding what business you are in defined not by your product or service but by who you serve, what problem your product or service solves for them and what the ideal engagement experience would be to favour your business above competitors. When you start, it’s about serving anyone and everyone in your industry. It ends when you can prioritise less than a handful of segments you want to dominate in the future. This engagement experience includes how to market, sell, fulfill and retain your customers and forms the blueprint of your business model.
Organic growth leadership
Once we know what business we are in and who our customer segments are, the next phase of leadership centres on scaling your customer engagement and fulfilment system using the blueprint. Put differently, it is about building commercial processes and systems, which you can delegate to a team that will create a reliable, consistent customer experience. Getting this right is vital to release your time from daily operations to deliver the next phase of leadership growth.
Accelerated growth leadership
At this point, at least 70% of your attention should focus on accelerating your growth to dominate your segments by deepening your market share of the segments you have chosen to dominate. For example, if a furniture manufacturer decides to dominate the SOHO segment, calculate its approximate value and ensure you develop and enable market access strategies, campaigns and relationships that deepen your market share.
Next-level growth leadership
As you deepen your share of the segment you’ve defined your business against, the next phase of leadership is about de-risking your exposure to that segment and deepening your profitability. In my book, Sweat-Scale-Sell, I highlight the trickiness of this phase of leadership through the story of Jack the Baker.
Having positioned his business to solve the requirement of 365-fresh-baked-goods for continental breakfast to hotels, he created the ideal experience with his team to dominate this segment in the hospitality industry. His next-level growth play saw him translate the same proposition into the supermarket segment across food retail to solve the problem of morning trade.
It brought in a new source of revenue that could be serviced off his scalable fulfilment platform, necessitating only a moderate cost increase. The “yawn” between revenue and costs dropped down to the bottom line and a significant shift in profitability. The key to next-level growth is that leveraging your fulfilment platform solves the same problem. It was and remains the blueprint against which his brand, commercial system and team had become expert at delivering.
Capital growth leadership
This phase ensures you lock in your business value for a successful capital exit. From start to exit, over a 20–30-year period, a business built and led against the above framework should achieve a capital exit above £50m.
Yes, it is possible, and you can do it. I’ve seen this year in and out across the UK, USA and EU companies. Retiring in the sun by the sea is for the birds, bringing us to the final phase of leadership.
Legacy growth leadership
The opportunity to create a Family Office to house the capital gained from an exit is worth considering. Set aside a portion of the funds within your Family Office to invest in a few early-stage companies within the industry in which you have successfully built your now-former business. You will have the network and relationships to spot young winners who benefit from your knowledge, insight, relationships, and mentorship. Investing in them can keep you in the game at a strategic level, not a daily grind, and allow you to remain relevant and enjoy a life of purpose and meaning.
Wealth has three elements: Make money, the first 2 phases; Grow money – the subsequent 2 phases. And Protect money, the last 2 phases. Having a plan to make it happen is as important as enacting it. It will set you apart from the 94.6% of businesses started that ultimately close. It will also let you continue serving humankind, arguably a key to a rich, fulfilling and contended life.