This first part of Growing Pains identifies the determinants of organizational success and provides a framework for understanding the key transitions that organizations and their leaders face as they grow. It also focuses on helping the entrepreneur or company leader understand and manage the personal transitions as well as organizational transitions that are required to support the enterprise's continued successful development.
The first challenge that entrepreneurs face is establishing a successful new venture. The basic skills necessary to meet this challenge are the ability to recognize a market need and the ability to develop (or to hire other people to develop) a product or service appropriate to satisfy that need.
If these two fundamental things are done well, a fledgling enterprise is likely to experience rapid growth. At this point, whether the entrepreneur recognizes it or not, the game begins to change. The organization's success creates its next set of problems and challenges to survival.
As a result of expanding sales, resources become stretched very thin. A seemingly perpetual and insatiable need arises for more inventory, space, equipment, people, funds, and so on. Day-to-day activities are greatly sped up and may even take on a frenzied quality.
The business's operational systems (those needed to facilitate day-to-day activities), such as marketing, production or service ...