Working side-by-side with top mid-market businesses across New Zealand and Australia, Leigh Paulden is often asked to help solve problems with growth. For over 30 years Leigh has honed his business skills by immersing himself in the best executive education in the world. Combining his 30 years’ experience across 30 industries with internationally proven business growth strategies, Leigh has identified the key reasons why businesses don’t grow as fast as they should or stop growing altogether.
Blog Category: People
During the last few months of 2019 I was kept busy assisting clients with their quarterly and annual reviews. Listening to them as they reflected upon their performance and discussed pressure points, I was reminded that no business acts in isolation. There is always a chain, you rely on your suppliers. If they are not performing, your business will look bad and this will affect your business growth. Learn how to avoid this situation…
In my work with mid-market businesses across New Zealand and Australia, I am often asked to help solve problems with growth. Over the years I have identified some key reasons why businesses don’t grow as fast as they should, or stop growing altogether. In part 1 of my blog series I look at the capacity of your people and highlight the changes that you can make to get your business back on track.
We recently had the privilege of seeing Patrick Lencioni live. He is a business expert in team management and the author of eleven best-seller books including 5 Dysfunctions of a Team. His advice to the mid-market business owner was to stop favouring technical skills over behavioural/attitude skills when hiring someone. The key takeaway: hire on attitude.
One question I am often asked is “what is the difference between clients that grow fast and those that take a little longer?” Interestingly, the answer has remained the same in my 17 years of helping businesses grow. The businesses that grow better, faster and smarter are those that have their people strategy right.
During a meeting with a growing business last week, the CEO said he was sick of dealing with ‘people drama’. He wanted advice to build a strong culture so he could focus on running the business instead of dealing with HR issues. Sound familiar? We spoke to a number of mid-market growth companies and asked them how they hire with company culture in mind.
A key to scalable growth is strong leadership, but very few people are born leaders. As you grow your business you also need to grow as a leader. Here is what I learned from leadership expert John Maxwell that will help determine your success.
As part of my rigorous Gazelles International re-certification, I’m expected be across the thinking of the best business leadership minds globally. The good news is that so much of the learning converges around three key themes. Here they are…
Congratulations Orbica! How Scaling Up Helped SupersizeSME Finalist Orbica Grow from 2 to 15 staff in 15 Months!
Congratulations to the team at Orbica for being a top three finalist in the SupersizeSME BNZ awards. I’ve had the great privilege of being part of the Orbica journey from early on and have watched them use Scaling Up to grow from 2 to 15 staff in just 15 months.
A business will only grow as fast as the CEO grows themselves and their senior leadership team. Leadership development is the key to business growth. It’s the concept that if you want to grow sustainably, you need knowledge, tools and support.