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The grow-or-die lie: Tips to steady success for businesses

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All growth is good. Bigger is better. All businesses must either “grow or die.”

Small business owners have heard these mantras for years. But, “at best those beliefs are half-truths and at worst they’re pure fiction,” argues Ed Hess, a business professor and author of 10 books, including Grow to Great­­ness: Smart Growth for Entre­­pre­­neur­­ial Businesses.

“‘Grow or die’ is a belief that has no basis in scientific research or in business reality,” he adds. “When not approached carefully, growth can de­­stroy value as it outstrips a company’s managerial capacity, processes, quality, and financial controls or substantially dilutes customer value propositions.”   

His recent study of 54 high-growth private companies found that several successful entrepreneurs had imploded their first businesses by taking on too much growth too quickly. This kind of “gas pedal growth” overwhelmed them.

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Tony Smith July 18, 2013 at 9:14 am

Thank you so much for great post.I think every small business owner must read this for increasing their online presence & growing their business.


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