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What is 'FUN'?
FUN is one of the only 2 'safe zones' in the growth Lifecycle (Predictable Success is the other).
While it may not always seem like it, later you will look back at this time as a 'golden age' for your organization - so why not do all you can to optimize your time while in Fun?
“I want to run a company where we are moving too quickly and trying too much. If we don’t [make] any mistakes, we’re not taking enough risk." - Larry Page, Google cofounder
The 3 Key Challenges in Fun
NOT ALWAYS SAYING 'YES' TO EVERYTHING
The nimbleness and flexibility of an organization is never higher than when in Fun, but saying 'Yes' to everything (and figuring it out later) will eventually result in pushing you in to the dangerous stage 3: Whitewater.
ADDING PROCESS AT THE RIGHT TIME
Too much process too soon, and you'll stunt your growth. Not enough process too late, and your entry in to growth stage 3 - Whitewater - will be traumatic. It's up to you to get the timing and balance of systems and processes right.
OVER-REACHING BECAUSE OF SUCCESS
The very success the organization encounters in early- and mid-Fun can lead to a sense of invulnerability in late Fun, causing leadership to over-reach and 'bite off more than they can chew'. Unless you set clear parameters the results can be painful.
Build The Team You Need to Optimize Your Time in Fun
A key element - in our view, the key element of achieving successful growth is in building the right team. Here at Predictable Success we've uncovered the precise combination of 4 specific leadership styles needed to move through each one of the 7 growth stages in the growth Lifecycle. Here's what you need in place in order to optimize the time you spend in Fun:
To be successful, every venture needs a Visionary - someone who thinks at the 30,000' level and sets the overall strategy and direction. Visionaries are 'starters' and come up with new ideas.
Visionaries become easily frustrated with detail and attending to the 'nitty-gritty' of execution, so they need to have one or more Operators - ruthless finishers who get things done.
Processors install systems, policies and procedures and are needed in a later stage of growth (stage 3, 'Whitewater'). Having Processors too early will slow down your growth.
Eventually you will need some Synergists if you want to get to the peak stage of growth ('Predictable Success'), but like Processors, they will hold you back if you put them on the team too early.
Do you want to optimize your time in fun - AND ease YOUR TRANSITION THROUgh Whitewater?
If you are in Fun, then two things are certain:
1. This is the time to build a substantial, well-funded, lasting organization that will survive all the challenges ahead, and
2. You are, inevitably, going to hit the 'growing pains of stage 3 - Whitewater - sooner rather than later.
By far the most effective, cost-efficient way to optimize your time in Fun and ease your transition in to Whitewater is to enroll in The Predictable Success Acceleration Program - a proven, time-tested, highly action-focussed Program that will not only optimize your time in Fun and ease your transition through Whitewater, it will be your constant guide an companion as you progress all the way through to Predictable Success: