The scale-up rocket risk

The scale-up rocket risk

12 April 2021
Gerrit Sarens
Gerrit Sarens
  • 🚀 Do you know what the scale-up rocket risk is? 🚀

    When we meet up with successful scale-ups, we see some familiar things:
    👩‍🚀 They grow rapidly
    👩‍🚀 They hire lots of new people
    👩‍🚀 They create a new layer of ‘middle’ managers, the bridge between the founders and the operational people

    This last point is often the pitfall for lots of scale-ups. 💣

    🚀 This is what I call the scale-up rocket risk 🚀

    Scale-ups are in their rocket ship flying to the moon. Their success often makes them blind to the leadership challenges this creates.

    Most of these freshly appointed middle managers are young and inexperienced in leadership and people management.

    Their new management role creates a big stretch for them:
    💣 Lack of leadership experience
    💣 Combined with high expectations from the top (to achieve the growth ambitions)
    💣 In a volatile environment (which is inherent to most scale-ups)

    Our advice is simple:
    🌟 Do not burn these people. Do not wait until it’s too late
    🌟 Give them the leadership support they deserve to become the real leaders you need to bring your scale-up to the next level
    🌟 Some of our Ambits Business Mentors have leadership experience in scale-ups.

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