The shift from a small business to a medium one is an exciting time for any business and is often associated with a rapid pace of change. This continual state of change can foster a mindset and culture that is stuck in a reactive state, but this small business survival skill is no longer fit for driving growth. While growth is the goal for many businesses, without the ability to scale, it can lead to significant friction.

Let’s consider the difference between growth and scaling. Where growth is often associated with expansion and volume, scaling is about ensuring that growth is not a temporary experience, but one that is sustainable, and is central to a businesse’s recipe for success.

Growth Without Scaling: A Recipe for Disaster

Growth is the goal, but without the ability to scale, there is a risk of creating more problems than can be solved.

Without the right infrastructure, processes, and systems in place, growth can lead to:

Scaling: The Not-So-Secret Sauce

Scaling, on the other hand, is about building a sustainable foundation for growth. It’s about intentionally designing a business to support expansion, rather than just reacting to it.

Scaling can mean:

The Tension Between Growth and Scaling

The tension between growth and scaling is real. Growth can be rapid and unpredictable, while scaling requires intention and planning. But the truth is, sustainable success cannot be achieved without these elements working together. Growth without scaling can induce chaos while scaling without growth may lead to stagnation.

Unlocking with Scale

To unlock the potential of business growth here are some scaling activities that need to be adopted:

Growth is the spark, but scaling fuels the fire to illuminate the path forward, to realise the fullness of the commercial potential, and to ensure the future burns brightly, scaling effectively will enable growth and unlock opportunity.