At ACT One, our consulting services are designed to help navigate your growth curve and improve processes within your business. A healthy business is a growing business. As your company goes through various stages, you should be able to anticipate upcoming challenges, priorities, and profit.

As trained specialists, we can help you problem-solve by:

  • Identifying core values
  • Solidifying the company’s vision and mission
  • Implementing one-on-ones with managers and supervisors

We will help your company find solutions to real problems identified through specific assessments for each of the seven stages of growth:

  1. Startup (1-10 employees)
  2. Ramp up (11-19 employees)
  3. Delegate (20-34 employees)
  4. Professional (35-57 employees)
  5. Integration (58-95 employees)
  6. Strategic (96-160 employees)
  7. Visionary (161-500 employees)

At ACT One, we will teach you how to achieve and sustain increased productivity, profitability and performance, enhancing your credibility as a business. Creating a successful business takes patience, planning, and perseverance. As a business who understands these seven stages of growth, you can improve the outcome of decisions, increase your company’s profitability, and adjust the impact that you, as a leader, have on your company.


The 7 Stages of Growth were developed by James Fischer, based on a 6 year study of over 650 companies to understand and decipher the patterns, the behavior and the characteristics of growth in entrepreneurial enterprises.

What if you could discover and remove the hidden barriers to your company’s health and financial performance?

Many business leaders simply don’t have the time or expertise to look deeper into the causes beneath the tidal wave of issues confronting them everyday. Constantly putting out fires distracts them from identifying the hidden forces that cause many of their company’s problems.

By understanding what Stage of GrowthTM your company is in, you can PREDICT when the level of unaddressed complexity will become problematic. If you ignore it, you will start to see revenues and margins erode, productivity fall and customer service issues crop up all around you.

By understanding the complexity level of your company, you can focus on:

  1. The right people issues
  2. The right revenue and profit initiatives
  3. The right business processes that are critical to your company’s health today, and in your next Stage of GrowthTM

The Stages of Growth X RayTM Workshop

This one-day program is designed for business leaders, with fewer than 500 employees, to look beneath the surface of your company’s challenges and walk away with 6 – 10 initiatives that will kick-start your profit engine, ignite your employees’ productivity and improve your company’s overall performance.

It all starts with a series of on-line assessments that are completed by each member of the senior leadership team. A Growth Curve Specialist then analyzes the data to prepare and facilitate a workshop for the team.

In this unique experience, you and your team will:

  • Accurately predict 6-18 months into your company’s future
  • Discover what your top five challenges are for where you are today
  • Adapt your abilities and skills to the unique needs of your company as it meets the challenges of your next Stage of GrowthTM
  • Determine what the 5 non-negotiable rules are for your particular Stage of GrowthTM
  • Uncover the confidence/caution ratio that exists in your company and how it may be affecting your ability to grow.

The 7 Stages of Business Growth

Each stage of growth is depicted by the number of employees the business has.  The more employees you have, the more complex the organization becomes.

Click below on the stage of growth that applies to your business, to learn more about the Top 5 Challenges your business will be facing, as the Non-Negotiable Leadership rules.


Stage 1