Become a Certified Growth Curve Specialist

Do you work with CEOs and business owners who struggle with managing the growth of their organization? If your audiences are CEOs and business owners with fewer than 500 employees, and you’d like to differentiate yourself in an overly crowded market, the certified Growth Curve Specialist program could be your best investment this year.

Our Growth Curve Specialist program will provide you with the ability to increase your business income by up to $100,000 in 12 months.

Real Stories. Real Success.

Without revealing names, here are prime examples of our business advisors are capitalizing upon becoming Growth Curve Specialists.

 

  • Revenue generated with a direct tie to the 7 Stages of Growth – $235,000.
  • I have used the SOG assessments within two planning sessions for a total of $50,000, and one eventually led to $657,000 (over 14 months) in customized training required to execute their number one initiative successfully.
  • Direct revenue in first 6 months of becoming a GCS, $35,000 and indirectly, $120,000 over the next year.
  • I have completed several engagements using the 7 Stages of Growth for companies in Stages 4, 5, and 6. The direct revenue from those engagements has exceeded $100,000.00.

“The 7 Stages of Growth and the Stages of Growth X-Ray have provided me a definitive and consistent way of thinking about the challenges companies face and a clear language for communicating with business leaders in a way that connects both strategically and operationally. It allows us to focus the dialogue as well as the planning, execution and measurement processes needed for establishing and sustaining success and excellence.”

Shad Ali - Certified Growth Curve Specialist since 2015

President, On Purpose Leadership

Dear Potential Growth Curve Specialist:

I’m Laurie Taylor, President of FlashPoint! For years I’ve been working with an incredible business growth methodology that helps CEOs, with fewer than 500 employees, understand and manage the dynamics of growth.

Now the growth concept that has helped hundreds of CEOs effectively manage the growth of their businesses is available to you.

My Growth Curve Specialist Certification Program is designed for business consultants, executive coaches and peer advisory facilitators who already work with CEOs and who understand the challenges a CEO faces in growing their business.

I’m not saying this lightly: Once you become a certified Growth Curve Specialist and understand the concepts behind the two revenue-producing programs included in the program, you will have the ability to increase your business income by up to $100,000 in 12 months.

“Leaders are always looking for ways to meet the challenges of growing their companies. The traditional answers of better leadership, more capital, better sales team – you name it – often create even more frustration. The 7 Stages of Growth gives leaders a prescriptive model to follow, and is a breath of fresh air. The immediate dialogue that can be achieved with executives has allowed me to fill a big void in my consulting practice, and work with companies in a way that gets quick, measurable results.

Once you have the power of the 7 Stages of Growth working for you in your own business, you will be surprised at how quickly you will be able to engage prospects and close sales quicker, create longer term relationships and generate killer referrals.”

Murray Janewski, Certified Growth Curve Specialist since 2009

 

A Proven and Predictive Model with Long Term Effects

 

If you can identify a problem, put a name to a problem, you can solve it. Many CEOs know intuitively that something is wrong in their organization. They see the symptoms every day:

  • A management team that seems to push back, seems like they are always waiting for someone else to step forward. The CEO doesn’t feel he/she has the right people on the bus.
  • Managers who say all the right things when talking about their management effectiveness, but employees drop hints to the CEO about issues, a lack of trust with their manager. The CEO is left wondering who to believe and how to address the problem.
  • Rumors run rampant. Seems there is always some crisis of the day cropping up, wasting people’s time, slowing down productivity, creating discord among the staff.
  • As the company grows, systems seem less efficient. Things that worked well just a few months ago, seem to have lost their ability to perform. When asked, people complain about processes that no longer work or people who don’t follow the ones in place.

If there are rumors, is the problem the rumors or is the problem a lack of information? Chase down the rumors and you spend a lot of unproductive time. Time that a CEO can’t afford. However, if you were able to help that CEO identify the problem behind the rumors as a Leadership/Staff Communication Gap — problem solved!

We Get to the Root Cause of those Problems in Two-Days Vs 12 Months

As a trained Growth Curve Specialist, you are able, in a two-day workshop, using our proprietary programs, to help the CEO and his/her management team identify the root cause of those problems and get to solutions quickly. There is immediate buy-in because issues are uncovered from the people who deal with those issues every day.

“Nowhere have I ever found an incisive, insightful analytical tool like that offered by the 7 Stages of Growth that makes charting a company’s growth as easy as painting by numbers.”

David Zucker

Chief Executive Officer, Zocalo Community Development

Through a series of stage specific assessments, participants create conversations around real problems and identify issues that need attention. The entire team is now aligned behind those issues, creating a sense of relief (no more ‘figuring it out as you go’) while gaining the traction the team needs to execute on the challenges the company is facing.

As an experienced consultant, you know the challenge of getting buy-in from a diverse group of experienced executive leaders. Because the 7 Stages of Growth and the research that supports it has identified 27 business challenges, your ability to help a CEO put a name to a problem immediately enhances your credibility.

Increased productivity, increased profitability and increased performance are much easier to sustain when issues are clarified, symptoms addressed quickly and solutions undertaken by the entire company.

“We continue working with an IT Services company after more than 3 years (it was a Stage 2 company in 2015 and moved into Stage 4 in late 2018). Revenues were $2.2 million and are now approaching $10 million. We did a Stage 3 X-Ray which helped them get their arms around all the ‘people struggles’ they were experiencing. Acknowledged as Best Places to Work for 3 years in a row!”

Certified Growth Curve Specialist since 2015

The Process

Once you qualify to become a Certified Growth Curve Specialist, you’ll go through an intensive training program made up of online and in-person sessions. The purpose of our training program is to train you on understanding the key concepts that make up the 7 Stages of Growth and two revenue-producing programs, the Stages of Growth X-Ray™ and Zeroing in on Your Company’s Profit Zone™.

The training program offers case studies, real client examples of how executive teams assessed their issues, got alignment around those issues and created critical initiatives to address each one of the issues.

Marketing and sales tips are provided. And you’ll explore how to integrate these concepts into your existing business, giving you the confidence to start delivering this powerful tool to your existing clients within 30 days of becoming certified.

As a part of the training program, you’ll access the GCS Membership Site, designed to provide you ongoing resources and education on the critical concepts underlying the research behind the 7 Stages of Growth. You’ll learn why the Profit/Revenue Gate is the top gate for a Stage 1 and Stage 2 company. You’ll understand the dynamic of the Wind Tunnel and the Flood Zones, transition zones between each stage of growth that can’t be circumvented but can be managed.

“The 7 Stages of Growth framework resonates quickly and directly with the owners of small businesses. As a small business growth adviser, I have witnessed, first-hand, significant intentional growth for my clients … in some cases, 100% to 300% in as little as 4 to 6 years. This is the only business model I know of that predicts what will happen in the next stage of growth. Instead of looking in the rear view mirror after the fact, this model shines a light on what the business owner needs to focus on and address today, as well as proactively plan for and address in future stages of growth. It is helping my clients grow their businesses and in turn, Business Success Tools LLC continues to thrive and grow.”

Pam Butterfield, Certified Growth Curve Specialist

Business Success Tools

The GCS Membership Site is a password-protected section of the growth curve specialist’s website. You can watch video segments delivered by Laurie Taylor that cover topics such as: Marketing Tips for the Growth Curve, Frequently Asked Questions for the 7 Stages of Growth, Using Leadership Modality to Engage a CEO, How to Position an X-Ray to a Prospect, Secrets to Facilitating a Successful X-Ray – and many more. Plus you’ll have access to articles about the different stages of growth that you can utilize on your own website, your blog posts or your newsletters.

You will also be trained in how to utilize our proprietary GCS Assessment Database. You’ll learn how to set up a group of participants to participate in the Stages of Growth X-Ray program or Zeroing in on Your Company’s Profit Zone program. These stage-specific assessments are the hallmark of FlashPoint!’s revenue-producing programs. New Growth Curve Specialists have been able to deliver one of these programs within 30-days after completing their training.

Why Become a Certified Growth Curve Specialist?

The 7 Stages of Growth offers you a competitive edge.

You will give your clients headlights into the future of their company. This is the ONLY predictive model on the market that helps CEOs look ahead and be prepared for growth instead of simply reacting to growth.

You’ll be able to help your clients diagnose their problems earlier and treat the problem directly. They won’t chase windmills anymore. They will uncover the obstacles to their growth.

“As a growing organization, we struggled with managing the myriad of issues that show up every day. When I was introduced to the 7 Stages of Growth and the challenges that show up for a company as they add people, I was intrigued. The two-day Stages of Growth X-Ray immediately uncovered issues, had people engaged and talking about their concerns, hearing other perspectives, and ultimately got us focused on critical initiatives that everyone agreed on. I believe the model is a valuable tool that quickly and effectively helps a leadership team focus on the right things at the right time.”

Jeff Debus

CEO, Beckwood Press -- Stage 5 Company

Let me ask you this question:

If you were able to help your clients predict how growth was going to impact their business — wouldn’t that knowledge set you apart from the crowded world of business consultants and executive coaches?

You bet it would!

The Growth Curve Specialist program is a comprehensive approach that provides business consultants with a research-proven formula for solving problems that plague small businesses.

For instance, by providing you with the knowledge on how to effectively utilize the stages of growth material, when talking with existing or new clients, you will engage them at a level that immediately identifies their growth trauma.

You will be able to speak to their pain and show them how, by understanding what stage of growth they are in, they can proactively begin to manage their growth, improve productivity and increase profitability.

“FlashPoint! and Laurie Taylor are valuable resources for my team. Laurie’s willingness to share freely, both her experience and best practices, is not only rare but invaluable and the mastermind group and membership portal has saved us countless hours (not an exaggeration!) Being able to reach out to Laurie, as well as learn from peers, has bolstered our knowledge, confidence, and competency in the 7 Stages of Growth model and we are grateful!”

Anisa Aven

CEO, TurnKey Coaching & Development Solutions

Most business pundits are able to evaluate a business based on past financials – they look at how well a company’s profits have grown each year, they identify new potential markets, and they spend hours dissecting a company’s strategic plan in order to shore up areas of deficiency.

And in the search for improvement, many times the obstacles that have caused the company to languish are not properly identified or those obstacles are completely ignored in order to address new areas of focus.

Once you understand this incredible growth model and can speak to the fact that the challenges a company faces with 30 employees are different than the challenges they face with 150 employees ….. a CEO starts listening.

“As a CEO who has been at the helm since Stage 1, (today a Stage 7 company) understanding and awareness are the keys to success for a growing business and expanding leadership team. I have found that pushing the leadership team, including myself, to visit and review the 7 Stages of Growth on a consistent basis keeps us in alignment. I have never encountered a more valuable tool in terms of concisely summarizing the needs of an organization as it grows.”

James Murphy

President/CEO, Willmeng Construction, Inc.

When you actually start showing your CEOs what their current challenges are, based on how many employees they have, they become engaged. By understanding their current stage of growth, their ability to focus on the right things at the right time changes how they approach their different challenges.

And they want to know more.

Many business owners simply end up making the same mistakes once the coach or consultant has left because what hasn’t changed is the business owner’s ability to address current obstacles or identify new obstacles as they become embedded into the company’s culture.

In attempting to understand and decipher the patterns, the behavior and the characteristics of growth, Fischer’s research uncovered a level of complexity that was driven by one critical factor.

That critical factor was the human being. People. Staff. Employees.

As a company grows and increases the number of employees, the dynamics of a company change.

I took a company from 2 employees to over 100 employees. As that company grew, my partner and I struggled with managing the growth of that enterprise.

I remember distinctly the day when we experienced a staff revolution. We had 22 employees. One day we were running along pretty smoothly – capturing exciting new clients, adding talented new employees – and the next day everything just sorta blew up!

Our ability to manage projects profitably started eroding, we weren’t able to keep up with systems fast enough, our client management became much more difficult. And then our staff revolted.

Seems my partner and I were micromanaging. We weren’t allowing these very talented people to do what we hired them to do. We’d pass out responsibility but forgot to hand out authority. We didn’t explain our growth plan. We kept adding new clients faster than we added staff, creating long hours and weekend work that became standard.

Our staff let us know in no uncertain terms that things needed to change. Our staff complained about losing the closeness that had made coming to work fun. People were tripping all over each other because we hadn’t defined roles and responsibilities.

What I would have given to know then what I know now. In fact, if I had of been aware of what I’m going to share with you about understanding the stages of growth that all companies move through, that $12 million business would have been a $50 million business.

This simple yet revolutionary understanding that James Fischer uncovered in his research, known as the 7 Stages of Growth, fundamentally changes how business owners manage the growth challenges of their company.

And it’s this model that I want to share with you.

Here are the four rules that govern the concepts that support the 7 Stages of Growth Enterprise Development model:

  1. The movement from one stage of growth to another begins as soon as you land in any stage of growth
  2. What you don’t get done in a specific stage of growth does not go away
  3. Time will make a difference
  4. If you aren’t growing, you are dying

I applied this model to that $12 million company right after the dotcom blow up of 2000. By understanding the unique challenges of our current stage of growth and the stage of growth we downsized to after laying off 30 people, we were able to keep our company from the brink of bankruptcy.

Interested? Let’s talk. If you are looking for a program that will:

  1. Increase your top line revenue
  2. Increase your value to your existing clients
  3. Increase your ability to improve your clients’ success

As a Certified Growth Curve Specialist, you will be among a small group of highly trained, highly effective business advisers who are truly helping businesses ‘navigate their growth curve’ successfully!

“No one knows small business in America like Laurie. There is not one of us that could not benefit from understanding and mastering the 7 Stages of Growth concept. The 7 Stages of Growth will identify issues your clients have faced, are facing and will face and can prepare them to solve current issues/address future issues and, at the same time, align his/her senior management team and improve communication and morale throughout the company. I have shared with 7 Stages of Growth with a variety of clients in a variety of industries using Laurie’s programs. It never fails to deliver.”

Brad Eure

Eure Consulting, LLC

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