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Scale-up Setup

Scale yourself and your business by setting clear priorities aligned with your strategy and by giving your leadership team opportunities to step up and lead.

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OKRs
OPERATING MODEL
ORG DESIGN

What are the most important priorities in the context of your strategy?

OKRs & Org in place, but OM is ad hoc or non existent:

Death by meetings trying to align on everything with everyone

OKRs & OM in place but there are leadership gaps and / or confused reporting lines:

Unclear who is actually in charge and / or capable to deliver

Org & OM in place, but OKRs are missing or managed badly:

Everybody is busy yet you aren't executing well on your strategy

High-performance

How do you run & operate to maximize your time for high-output management?

Who are your trusted leaders that can execute your priorities well?

Within 1-2 quarters, you can get to:

1. A well-articulated strategy and a solid plan to execute it

with a laser focus on what actually matters

2. Clear accountability in your leadership team

because you can't always be the only one accountable

3. A high-leverage leadership team

focused on company goals rather than just on own goals

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OKRs

OKRs is a useful tool for leaders, but not one that automates or replaces leadership. With well-defined OKRs, you can:

  • Focus on what matters and also be explicit about what you say 'no' to.

  • Do fewer things but do them better.

  • Align your leadership team around what moves the needle for the company, not just their own team.

  • Create public accountability to drive results.

  • Have the necessary, hard conversations about trade-offs to be able to get committments.

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Org Design

Who you surround yourself with does matter. Having the right team to support you in scaling your company will:

  • Fast-track your growth as you bring in experienced leaders.

  • Allow you to spend your time doing what you are the best at.

  • Give the right swimlanes for your leaders so they can get on with their job.

  • Bring a sense of stability to the rest of the org, knowing they have reliable managers.

  • (if you bring in the right Chief of Staff) Make your life as a leader a lot easier and even fun. :)

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Operating Model

With the right OM in place, you can run your company efficiently and effectively. It can:

  • Help you focus on the right topics / decisions at the right time with the right people.

  • Make micromanagement totally unnecessary.

  • Help avoid death by endless alignment and sync meetings.

  • Create efficiencies in the information flow, and so save time for everyone.

  • Allow you to have a pulse check on what's going on without micromanaging.

This is for you, if...

  • You have a scaleup to run (~30+ employees / post series A)

  • You feel burdened by the ever-increasing complexity and 10+ direct reports

  • You need clearer accountability in your team

  • You want to get out of the way and empower people to lead

  • You want to adopt scalable approaches

This is Not for you if....

  • You don't yet have product-market fit

  • You aren't ready to scale your company

  • Your preferred leadership style is micromanagement

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