3 Proven Tactics to Break the Growth Barriers in Your Organization
By: Pam Marmon
Do you want to grow your organization and achieve more impact? If you are on a want to reach more people, you understand that scaling your organization is expensive, time-consuming, and exhausting. There is never enough time in the day to read one more book, attend one more training, and listen to one more podcast. You need to grow, now! Through my experience as an organizational effectiveness and growth management consultant, I’ve helped organizations of various sizes and industries, as they embarked on massive transformations. While some were wildly successful, many lessons were learned through failure. Here are three things you must apply if you want to gracefully scale your organization.
Your people are your biggest asset. The right people will take your organization to places that far outreach your imagination. Diversity of thoughts, backgrounds, and ideas enhance the quality of perspectives and helps you make strategic decisions. Apart from the obvious characteristics you need your team to exhibit, such as people who are knowledgeable, trust-worthy, and overall a great culture-fit, there is one superior characteristic that will drive your organization to growth.
To cultivate a culture of ownership, people must demonstrate entrepreneurial behaviors. Entrepreneurs obsess about their organizations. They have a stake in the game, an investment, and a higher level of commitment. Your role as a leader is to demonstrate those behaviors yourself, foster incentives that awaken an entrepreneurial mindset and encourage others to think and behave like owners. What can your organization change to cultivate an entrepreneurial environment?
If you don’t know where your organization is going, you will end up somewhere. Do you want to leave that to chance? This is why successful organizations that scale well host quarterly strategic sessions to define the future path, review what needs fixing, and align on goals and objectives. If this is so important, why isn’t every organization doing it? Because you will need to stop all the important and urgent things you are already undertaking, and invest time in important and yet not urgent matters. Busy organizations are not necessarily productive organizations. Strategically aligned organizations, where people talk to each other, and do what is best for the collective interest of the organization, are productive. They have less re work, less internal strife, and less time putting out fires. If you want to scale your organization, host quarterly strategic sessions and cascade information throughout your organization. Listen, learn, and continuously adjust the plan. How can your organization gather data necessary for a successful strategic session?
If execution eats strategy for breakfast, then great ideas are worthless if not executed well. Execution is about discipline, accountability, and consequences. It’s about operational excellence and resolving the bottlenecks in your organization. It’s
about purposeful meetings, completed tasks, visibility to status, and recognition when milestones are met. It’s ok to run a tight ship and reward people for a job well done! If you want your company to excel in execution, create a culture where high- achievers thrive. Set the expectation that when commitments are made, people are held accountable and rewarded. It’s ok to make mistakes as long as we learn, adjust, and move on. Execution is about getting things done. How is your organization rewarding teams that excel in the area of execution? It is hard to get people, strategy, and execution flawless. But if you want to grow and scale your organization, you need to transition how you’ve done things in the past and look towards the future. Most importantly, remember your why! You need a compelling reason to anchor when the storms come and the inevitable challenges shake your position. Your people will persevere, your strategy will guide you, and your execution will help you get there.
This is a guest post by Pam Marmon who is the Founder of Threefold Tribe, a
consulting firm helping growing churches multiply and equipping the church to be
the highest functioning organization in the world.
Pam is also the Founder of Marmon Consulting, a growth management consulting firm helping growing companies scale by providing leadership and insights that deliver results and break the growth barrier. Church leaders and Christian non-profits can receive Pam’s free video resource on The 6 Steps to Effective Internal Communications, with bonus materials including worksheets, checklists, and an Excel toolkit. In the absence of communications, rumors, anxiety, and lost productivity emerge. You can change that! From strategy to execution, you can improve how your organization serves more people to achieve greater mission and impact.