6 Ways to Boost your Growth Potential
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Mike McKenzie
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6 Ways to Boost your Growth Potential

Imagine if a new leadership team took over your business today. What long-term value could they create from what you’ve built so far? Pausing to reflect on this scenario with your senior team can unlock valuable insights and improve leadership alignment.

Any new team would inherit your mission, vision and values; your processes and capabilities; your value propositions and growth strategy. They would see your latest innovations and how you are planning to compete in existing and adjacent markets. They would also inherit any skeletons that were hidden away in your closet!

How would you rate your Growth Potential? Would the rest of your leadership team agree?

What is the Growth Potential of your business?

The Quarterli® Leadership Alignment tool uses 6 success factors to establish your Growth Potential. These Growth Probability Indicators (GPIs) help you and your senior team discuss and agree how you can increase the inherent value of your business.

GPI 1. Today’s Offerings

Are you trapped in a cycle of diminishing returns?

It's all too easy for your core products and services to become stale and for Sales and Marketing to become trapped in a cycle that produces diminishing returns. This can result in a slow death for many organisations, as they fail to generate sufficient earnings to invest in future products and services.

If sales are on track, you must be mindful of how much of this is being achieved through price discounting; this is rarely sustainable. Where discounting isn't an issue, margins are often diluted by the promises made to 'seal the deal'.

As a result, operations struggle to meet inflated client expectations, firefighting becomes 'business as usual' and expensive resources are consumed.

Both these scenarios are warning signs that your core Value Proposition (and/or the communication of it) has weakened over time.

GPI 2. Scalability

Careful what you wish for!

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The best organisations understand their capacity constraints. This is, perhaps, most obvious in the heavy manufacturing sector where they must plan months and years ahead to ensure that they can meet anticipated demand; but scalability applies to all organisations, whatever their service or product.

Preparing for growth means being honest about the challenges that must be overcome to deliver, at scale, the promises that you make to your customers.

Addressing these challenges usually involves investing ahead of time in robust, repeatable processes, strong middle management and, if it's a people-intensive business, well-defined roles, good training and a great employment brand!

If people are your greatest asset, then their intellectual capabilities should be critical to your growth plans.

If you’re scaling your business, are employee (and contractor) contracts clear on the ownership and use of the intellectual property created during these contracts?

GPI 3. Right Place at the Right Time

A rising tide lifts all boats.

It's crucial to understand what's happening in your industry and the markets you serve. You should be able to describe the trends that you expect to see over the next few years and explain how these provide you with the opportunity to grow.

It's rare to see rapid, organic growth in mature/stable markets. So, if you have ambitious growth targets, then you should ideally be describing significant changes in technologies, regulations or buyer behaviours that will fuel demand.

But remember that a rapidly expanding market will help existing competition and attract new entrants. As John F Kennedy once said, "a rising tide lifts all boats".

So, do you have a compelling strategy for business growth that describes how you will compete and win?

GPI 4. Vision, Mission and Values

Vague statements of intent just won't cut it!

It’s important to have a clear and vivid image of the future and the key milestones on the way.

This isn't just about revenues and margins; it’s about the markets, products, services, locations, functions and employees needed to deliver these numbers. It’s also about how you want your organisation to be seen by customers, employees, prospective employees, suppliers, competitors and influencers.

If you think of your Vision as a ‘photograph of the future’, then your Mission describes what your business must do to deliver that future. Your Values describe how you and your team will behave whilst completing your Mission.

There's no denying that your ultimate destination will, most likely, be different to what you first imagined, but that's not the point. If you aspire to grow, then it's important to move beyond just numbers or vague statements of intent.

  • Without a compelling Vision, how can you inspire your team?
  • Without a clear Mission, how can they commit fully to the journey ahead and help you develop a meaningful growth plan?
  • Without a well-understood set of Values, how will an expanding team interact with customers, suppliers and each other in a way that is both consistent and coherent with how you want to conduct business?


So, what makes you so special anyway?

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It's important to be precise about what makes your organisation special to your customers. Ideally, you’ll have a complex mix of capabilities and values that are extremely difficult for competitors to imitate. These are your Core Competencies.

Increasingly, it’s the intangible assets of knowledge, skills and creative ideas that modern businesses are reliant upon. Many successful businesses are built around these types of intellectual assets rather than traditional tangible assets, such as buildings and equipment.

Whatever makes you distinct; if the customer doesn’t value it then it’s not going to help you grow! So, can you describe how this distinctiveness will enhance a customer’s experience of your product or service over the medium to long term?

If you have a winning formula, then competitors will try to imitate it. So, it’s vital to invest in your ‘points of difference’ to protect, retain and strengthen them.

Your Intellectual Property might be protected in Patents, Trademarks, Registered Designs or Copyright but often it’s more subtle than that; for example, it might be data, processes, know-how or relationships that no-one else has.

Whatever steps you take to protect your DNA, it's important not to get complacent. Does your strategic planning process allocate an annual budget that enables you to invest in and maintain your competitive edge?

GPI 6. Tomorrow's Offerings

Are you just going through the motions?

All industries and markets change. The speed of change varies considerably but most, if not all, will look very different in three years' time. For that reason, successful organisations capture great new ideas in a ‘venturing funnel’ and then prioritise, fund and progress the best ideas in a meaningful and measurable way.

Innovative businesses are more competitive and those that manage their Intellectual Property will grow faster and are more resilient. There are some common reasons why many organisations struggle with innovation:

  • Some fail to set aside time to think about growth opportunities and the evolution of their industry. The day-to-day issues always seem to get in the way.
  • Some simply capture the same ideas as they did last year but lack a 'venturing process'. So, after another buzz of enthusiasm, they leave these ideas to gather dust on a flipchart until next year.
  • Some prioritise great new ideas in their ‘venturing funnel’ but fail to make anyone accountable for the ‘venturing process’ and progress stalls.
  • Some key individuals don't respect or trust the process and continue with their 'pet projects'. This undermines team cohesion and distracts them (and others) from progressing the very best ideas.

Does any of this sound familiar?

The Growth Probability Matrix

These are 6 of the 13 Growth Probability Indicators used in the Growth Probability Matrix™.

These GPIs establish where you organisation sits on the horizontal Growth Potential axis below. The remaining 7 GPIs dictate your position on the vertical Effective Execution axis.


Quarterli® is based on the Growth Probability Matrix TM. It’s a unique Leadership Alignment tool that is designed to help business owners instil better leadership habits and increase team cohesion.

A short introspection, based on 13 Growth Probability Indicators, helps you and the whole leadership team reflect on your chances of success and explore what might be holding you back.

It’s more than just a business health check, it supports executive development by creating a powerful new routine for the senior team. It helps build a shared view of what needs to be done and introduces a routine that keeps everyone pulling in the same direction.

Quarterli® lets you set your own rhythm.

For some complex or fast moving organisations, a quarterly survey works best but, for others, once a year is enough. That's why Quarterli® has adopted a Pay As You Go (PAYG) approach rather than a regular subscription. This makes it affordable for all. See our simple PAYG pricing.

Quarterli® is designed to keep things simple so that you can lead this process in your organisation without the need for expensive external support. This makes it both affordable and sustainable. 

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I've never heard of the Growth Probability Matrix. What is it?
I've never heard of the Growth Probability Matrix. What is it?
The Growth Probability Matrix™ cuts through the often-overwhelming amount of business advice out there and proposes just two fundamental levers that can be used to improve your chances of success. The Matrix draws a crucial distinction between the Growth Potential of your business and the ability of the senior team to unlock this potential through Effective Execution. Both are key to shareholder value, but one is often (subconsciously) prioritised over the other. Download The Growth Probability Matrix eBook to find out more.
Who else can see the results of each survey and our Leadership Alignment results?
Who else can see the results of my personal introspections and my senior team survey results?
No-one. The scores and comments are for your eyes only, unless you choose to share them. Quarterli® generates all results automatically without any human intervention.

The system also automatically generates the live Matrix from the aggregated result of all surveys done worldwide. It updates every night and is designed to give some comfort to business leaders that their peers do not always rate their business as "Full Steam Ahead". I.e. many are in the same boat and are committed to improving the way they and their senior teams work 'on the business'.
How will using Quarterli® help us as a leadership team.
How will using Quarterli® help us as a leadership team.
The simplicity of the Matrix helps bring clarity to your thinking, even when embroiled in the day to day. This means you make better decisions. Once adopted by the whole senior team, it brings a common language and establishes a shared view of where the business stands today and what needs to change. It encourages a quarterly rhythm that changes the way senior teams think, speak and act, and dramatically improves your chances of success. Download The Quarterli® Habit eBook to find out more.

Quarterli® is designed to put you in control of your growth journey. Business leaders worldwide can access it at a fraction of the cost of hiring a Management Consultant.
Does Quarterli® remove the need for consultancy?
Does Quarterli® remove the need for consultancy?
No. Quarterli® is not designed to replace good consultancy, but it is there to help business leaders take back control and use consultancy in a more efficient and effective manner: Too many CEOs, Managing Directors and Business Owners effectively outsource their growth strategy and/or their 'on the business' activity. Consultancies are only too pleased to feast on this over weeks, months and years but it rarely delivers full value for the business leader and can hamper the development of the senior team.

Highly skilled consultants can add huge value to your business and Quarterli® introduces a structured approach that can help you become a better buyer of these specialists. You might actually end up using more consultancy but in shorter, sharper doses designed to deliver well-defined outcomes that Quarterli® will help you describe and measure.
Does that mean you are going to use this to sell me consultancy?
Does that mean you are going to use this to sell me consultancy?
No. We do not have team of consultants or growth coaches.

If you are introduced to Quarterli® by a local consultancy or business support organisation, then that is because they want to help you work ‘on the business’. If you subscribe using their unique URL then you’ll see their logo under the Quarterli® logo when using the system.

We don’t pay them, they don’t pay us, ever. If you end up using them for specialist support in the future, then that’s your decision. We’re not party to any arrangement, won’t know anything about it and certainly won’t be taking a cut of any fee that you pay to them.