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24 Classic Challenges That Companies Struggle With (3 of 4)

In case you missed Part 2 of this series, I’ll introduce the concept of the Classic Challenges again. If you did read Part 2, you can skip the introduction and go straight to next 6 Classic Challenges listed below.Business leaders face a constant stream of challenges that often seem to be unpredictable and hard to define.

The 24 Classic Challenges, defined in The Stages of Growth™️ methodology, gives business owners and leaders clarifying language and insights about the challenges they are wrestling with.

The Stages of Growth™️ methodology, identifies the “Stage” a business is in based on the number of employees in the organization at that time. Businesses can be in one of 7 Stages, ranging from 1 to 350 employees, and each Stage has 5 of the 24 Classic Challenges that are common to that Stage.

So, the Classic Challenges are actually well defined and predictable. Business leaders who understand what Stage their business is in, will know what Classic Challenges they will face at that Stage. They will also be able to predict the Classic Challenges they will encounter as their organization grows in headcount and they transition into the next Stage. This makes managing the change more effective and the change less stressful for organization to deal with.

This is Part 3, of a 4-part series, where I’ll be covering the first 6 of the Classic Challenges ranked in alphabetical order.



Leadership-Staff Gap

  • Management and employees aren’t on the same page
  • Employees are uncertain where the company is going
  • Employees spend energy on unimportant tasks


Limited Capital to Grow

  • There is no money after paying bills to improve the business
  • Old equipment needs replacement
  • Quality candidates are not attracted to the organization due to compensation


Marketplace Rapidly Changing

  • Historically strong offers aren’t selling anymore
  • It seems that customer’s needs have changed dramatically


Not Getting Systems into Place

  • Additional volume overwhelms existing processes and systems
  • Work is inconsistently executed
  • High labor costs are affecting the bottom line


Organization Uninformed about Company Growth

  • The organization’s focus is inconsistent with growth
  • Employees are confused about the company’s future
  • Employees are satisfied with the current size of the company


Poor Staff Training

  • Quality issues persist
  • People are stagnant and not developing
  • Cross-training is not occurring


Look out for Part 4 where I’ll be covering the next 6. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this further at [email protected].