Double vision

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The inimitable Jim Collins has brought us a sizeable number of terms and models over the years. From his classics like The Hedgehog Concept, The Right People on the Bus and Level 5 Leadership to his more recent ideas of The 20 Mile March and Bullets over Cannonballs, Collins-isms are common place in the general business lexicon of today.
One of my personal favorites, though, is one referenced less often – that of The Stockdale Paradox,

Growth is really, really, really hard.

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I had a conversation this morning with a potential investor who reminded me what it takes to grow (and asked me point-blank if that was what I really wanted). He reminded me that it’s really, really, really hard. And not for everyone. In fact, it’s not for most entrepreneurs. As a “get it done” person, that’s a tough pill to swallow.

Scaling (while maintaining your sanity)

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Here at Actionable, 2015 is off to a substantial start.  We’ve grown our team by 25%, our Actionable Consultant community by 30%, and revenues are roughly double what they were last January. Growth is exciting, but it can also be overwhelming. To maintain my own sanity (and some semblance of a “balanced” life), I like to keep two models firmly in mind: The first was introduced to me by Roger Martin in his book The Design of Business. What Roger calls […]