Increasing Business Growth From ‘Incremental’ To ‘Exponential’

We have a problem. Over 85% of business owners or leaders will say they want to grow or accelerate their business. The majority will target (and be quite satisfied with) a three to eight percent increase over the previous year’s results. Typically this is incremental growth built on year over year results, and updated assumptions. Built from the bottom up. Sound familiar?

In today’s economy if you aren’t growing or changing your business, you are almost certainly losing ground to others. In fact, we’ve started to view incremental business growth as a bare minimum just to stay in the game. “Even an idling car when put into gear will move forward.”

Take Your Business Growth To A Higher Level

You can design and grow your business to whatever level you wish. Seriously.

“Building your business is like building a puzzle –
and, you get to decide on the size, shape and image of the puzzle.”

So let’s reverse the incremental ‘build-from-the-bottom” approach to growth by instead starting with your desired end-result: create a substantial growth target for your business 3 years from now. Think big – say 3 or 4 times growth. Now by setting your new growth target as “fixed”, what has to change within your business to achieve that new growth target for your business: Value proposition or offerings? Business model or marketing approach? More/Different product lines or services? Geographic expansion? Organic growth versus business development?

Every piece in your puzzle will be unique and essential to your business growth.

An interesting phenomenon occurs when we start by thinking destination or “end result” – our thinking becomes ‘strategic’ rather than ‘transactional’. What you begin to realize is that incremental growth is typically ‘transactional’ (essentially just doing more of the same), whereas exponential growth is typically ‘strategic’ (expanding or changing HOW we do things or WHAT we do).

“There is a 100% chance that your business could be performing better than it is right now.”

Exponential (strategic) growth is achievable for every business. It requires:

1. Starting with an ambitious destination (the puzzle you want to build);
2. Understanding what is mission-critical to reach the destination (essential pieces of the puzzle);
3. Disciplined and sustained action (systematic build of the puzzle); and,
4. A sense of urgency and deadline (otherwise the puzzle will never get built!).

The higher you aim, the better the outcome. Interested in seeing what this approach could do for YOUR business growth? Register for our next two-hour Peer-to-Peer Business Owner Roundtable on ‘Simple, Practical Business Execution’.

Be bold, think big, be curious, keep focused!


About Doug Osborne

Doug Osborne is creator of The Success Dashboard Execution Platform© - a simple, practical and visual subscription-based online execution platform that is proven to accelerate business execution and performance for business owners and leaders, literally within hours. With over 35 years business success, Doug is an experienced business coach, speaker, writer, and strategy facilitator working primarily with small and medium-sized family businesses on improved & sustained business execution for accelerated growth, improved performance, successful transition or higher-value sale.