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24 Classic Challenges That Companies Struggle With (1 of 4)

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



Core Values Unclear

  • Employees are unable to make decisions
  • There are wide variations in customer experiences
  • There are unhealthy employee interactions


Cost of Lost Expertise

  • The company scrambles when there’s turnover
  • “Hit by the bus” syndrome runs rampant
  • Lack of organizational knowledge impacts operational quality


Culture Resistant to Change

  • There is a lack of innovation and desire to improve
  • Knowledge is hoarded and there is no cross-training
  • Employees cling to “how we’ve always done it”


Destabilized by Chaos

  • Employees are stressed out by chaos or disorganization
  • People don’t know how to get work done
  • Processes are unclear or non-existent


Difficulty Diagnosing Problems

  • There are recurring quality issues
  • Operational challenges remain unsolved
  • Employee frustrations are not addressed


Difficulty Forecasting Problems

  • The organization is blindsided by issues
  • Problems arise when volume is added to existing processes
  • The organization experiences self-inflicted chaos


Look out for Part 2 where I’ll be covering the next 6. Please feel free to contact me to discuss this further at [email protected].