All businesses and all individuals grow through natural stages of development over the course of a lifetime. Or they stagnate. They cease to grow. Natural growth spurts and transitions occur approximately every 7 –10 years for individuals; every so many millions in profit for business.
This article speaks directly to business owners and partners who face the challenges of leading through business growth.
Having a smooth functioning culture with happy employees who have support and resources for their personal and professional development starts at the top. For owners and business partners, a long-view toward future transition or sale puts markers for growth into perspective. When business partners are aware of these long-term objectives—and their partnering relationship is solid—communicating through growth stages and transitions, providing access to resources for individual development, and other cultural values naturally goes hand-in-hand with productivity expectations and profit markers.
Facing and Managing Challenges of Leading Through Each Stage of Business Growth
Transitioning through stages provokes the need for change. Some owners are sensitive to changes on the horizon, anticipate, and plan ahead. Others are heads-down focused on the day-to-day demands. Such owners are often blindsided by unexpected needs. Individuals and relationships are strained. In business, with so much on the line, change requires understanding, negotiation, new strategies and tactics, for partners to stay focused on mutual outcomes. The foresight, alignment, and consistency of the partnership relationship determines just how nimble and proficient each proves to be.
For a clear path to communicate change with your team so you lead them to the outcome you desire, take a look at our article 4 Steps to Frame a Change and Manage Your Team During a Transition Period Within Your Business.
Accompany that with a short video further describing how to Frame a Change.
What works at one stage of your business and business partnership may not work at another. And if you or your partner’s personal life goes haywire, or demands more attention, as in the case of pregnancy, divorce, illness, or death in a family, is your partnership armed with the tools and skills to pivot, to move through the changes as a team? Do you have the tools and skills to pivot and make decisions quickly and efficiently together—or do the demands strain your partnership and your business growth?
Whether change is anticipated or unexpectedly thrust upon you, having not only an agreed upon approach to carrying out your business objectives, a firm business model and working business plan, it’s also important to have an agreed upon approach to relating—so you know you can count on one another to work through the challenges together.
Some Styles of Business Partner Communication Are Better Than Others
There are 4 basic styles of relating. Mixing them leads to great confusion and is inefficient. Learn more about each style here in the following articles. I’ve focused on each relationship style in depth so you can see the strengths and weaknesses and ways they might be impacting your business. From this it is easy to consciously identify the style of relating you wish. In doing so you can reach out for coaching to learn the skills so you confidently achieve your goals.
In this article you’ll be introduced to four relationship styles entered into by business partners. In the four articles indicated throughout and at the end of this overview, each style will be discussed in greater detail. Unlike relationship therapy or counseling, coaching for relationship style empowers you with skills and tools so you start and stay aligned as business partners. This way you can focus on building your business together!
- Business Partnering Styles: The Dominant—Non-Dominant Relationship Style 1/4
- The Difficulties of Business Partnerships With Undefined Roles: Style 2/4
- The Unilateral Decision-Making Relationship Style in Business Partners ¾
- Coaching The Big Picture Business Partner Relationship Way—Style 4/4
The need for care and clear communication is important at each choice point from start-up, through phases of growth, through to future planning for succession or sale. While business and personal lives are often not mentioned in the same sentence, there is a need for care not only due to impacts on the business success, but also impacts on personal lives, the fruition of personal dreams and fulfillment. And care for your relationship as business partners.
Consciously acknowledging that business and personal changes will occur naturally over time, functioning consistently with a growth mindset, you can arm yourself with mindset, tools, and skills so your business remains focused, your employees and customers are minimally impacted, and you support one another through the transitions and choice points that occur.
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- For a case example of business partners successfully implementing the Big Picture approach, please read this article.
- A Case Study: Juggling Family, Work Team and Farming
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