What's with the 8?
Why was your consulting company called Innov8?
- Do you have an "8" problem?
This methodology is a combination of best practices and questions I would specifically be looking to answer when assessing businesses for transition or growth.
As a business broker, I needed to develop a method to get to the point and see the opportunities to sell the possibility to potential buyers. After some really sad stories, I realized I preferred to see businesses grow rather than tear them apart.
Over the last 10 years I have proven this process with entrepreneurs in businesses across industries and at all stages of maturity. By focusing on asking the entrepreneur the right questions to develop a customized path with accountability and action.
Increasing Business ACUMEN is the key.
How can we know what we don't know, if we have no idea it even exists.
The Evalu8 Framework is based on a cross functional assessment of 8 Business Pillars.
Marketing and Sales
Strategic Planning, including Budgets and Forecasting
*This is the tip of the iceberg, but it's enough to get you thinking about all the key parts.
**95% + of your business activities should fit within these pillars. The Framework provides structure to easily include your other activities.
The Evalu8 Strategic Playbook is a Small Business Owners CEO Dashboard. Aligning Vision and clear goals to innovation, implementation and continuous improvement with EASY Activities and Checklists to identify priorities.
So the "8" is for the above pillars in the framework and the Infinity sign,
because we either Innov8 or die.
Change is not an option.
This is my Ideal Customer...
This was me.
Looking at something bright and shiny, dressed the part and somehow balanced in my own chaos.
Under control, or so I thought. Or so I thought, everyone else thought when they looked at me.
I am an infectious learner. I had a ton of questions and fantastic mentors.
I always wondered how or where other entrepreneurs were finding information or knowing what to do? So, I started a group of Women in Business in my community to get the conversation started. Building opportunities for entrepreneurs to connect and level up has been a passion project for a very long time.
To me, your success is personal. You’re not in this alone. Business is a process of trial and error. Fail Forward with a plan to get back up.
- Sara, Founder, Coach, Entrepreneur, Mom
I GET IT!
Let's get real.
Nothing worse than a great plan on the shelf.
So the Evalu8 - Evolve Programs are designed to get entrepreneurs to really think about where they are today and what needs to happen to get them on track with their goals.
"there is no one giant step that does it. It's a lot of little steps."
I would hope these questions engage a different conversation with your leadership team, consultants or partners. Business IS a Process.
To be honest, it is my hope that small business owners will take just a few minutes to stop and get a bearing for where they truly are today, before making any of the mistakes I and so many others have made, with mixed results. Business is NOT a secret sauce or magic pixie dust.
Your business is a baby that never truly stops crying and we just have to keep on top of what it needs... leaning in.
Why Struggle or Go it Alone?
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