The first parts of â€śThe Science of HRâ€ť dealt with the specifics of individual behaviors, motivators, skills and abilities and the impact these have on a companyâ€™s success. We also looked at emotional intelligence and how self awareness and building relationships is a core competency and essential for corporate executives as they develop unique culture. Now letâ€™s look at the latest tool available for successfully managing growth, The Growth Curve.
As a Certified Growth Curve Strategist, I assist companies that are currently in an upward growth pattern. I was attracted to this process because the majority of my clients are those companies who understand there are challenges to successful growth, and want to bring calm to the chaos that growth inherently creates.
From a very high level, this is how it works. The Growth Curve Process looks at growth from three perspectives. People, Process and Profit. During each of the seven stages of growth, the priority changes as to which is most important for that stage. In some stages, the priority is People, other stages it is Process and others it is growing Profit. What does not get done in one stage does not go away, it continues to impede the growth process until it is addressed.
The seven stages of growth are determined by the number of employees a company has. I found it interesting that these were the criteria for the gates of transition. When I asked why the number of employeeâ€™s and not revenue drove companies to the next â€śgateâ€ť the answer was that â€śPeople add Complexityâ€ť. Each new employee brings new skills, but needs to acclimate to the specifics of the company and find where their abilities best fit in the plan of growth.
When interviewing companies that have gone through the Growth Curve X Ray Process, there were several common wins. The first was focus. At the end of the assessments, there were critical conversations around what needed to be done next. The second win is speed. For companies who need to identify next steps, or need a strategic plan, it is possible to go from beginning to end, start to initiatives, in less than three weeks.
I have seen companies spend thousands of dollars on coaches, and initiatives that are not properly integrated into a larger strategic plan and the company did not make any progress forward. When investing in such a program it is critical to follow the process. Execution will get there. Companies who are willing to let the process flow and evolve and not try and take shortcuts or manipulate the process will find great success, a sense of direction and the ability to see what is coming down the road, unprecedented success.
During the month of June I am giving away one free Growth Curve X-Ray Process. I am also pleased to offer each of you a free Stages of Growth Case Study so you can understand how a Growth Curve X-Ray will help your organization. If you are interested in this Process or have any other questions regarding the Growth Curve X-Ray please contact me today.
Mary Henry, CEO
HR on Demand, LLC