Many innovative entrepreneurs start their businesses with a great idea and a dream to make a profound difference. However, scaling and ramping up operations can quickly turn dreams into stressful nightmares without the right tools and support. Right now courageous business founders are facing particularly massive challenges to keep their business afloat. Within their new book Dare to Scale, insightful co-authors Warsha Joshi and Evan Le Clus give these entrepreneurs the strength and validation to reconnect with their dreams and chart a success course to achieving them using easy-to-follow concepts to burst through the stress ceiling.
Warsha is a business scaling up coach specialising in strategy, people and leadership for the SME founder and a skilled entrepreneur in her own right with three successful exits under her belt. Evan is an accomplished finance and operations professional with 30 years in the corporate field. Today he is a successful business mentor for SMEs where his forte is enabling CEO’s to become financially astute. Together they help masterful technicians step into their tribe of like-minded entrepreneurs and transform into masters of their scaling business.
Dare to Scale’s smooth and multi-faceted methodology draws on many real-life examples of successful business growth and simplifies the business elements necessary for scaling. This proves to entrepreneurs that their challenges are personal, but not unique, and when all business levers are properly tuned the scaling process becomes an enjoyable one.
Dare to Scale helps readers to reconnect with their original big vision, trigger questions for self-awareness and to up the ‘Scalability Quotient’ (SQ) of their business. The SQ score indicates how ready a business is for rapid growth and is based on the five elements for successful scaling; strategy & financing, people & leadership, cashflow & systems, efficient operations and business model & revenues. Each of these is interrelated and within the subsequent chapters the authors dare founders to expand their knowledge on each of the five elements including learning how finance works, how to build efficient operations, how to lead and inspire a team, and the importance of reviewing regularly.
Warsha and Evan are passionate about the entrepreneur eco-system and fostering a robust global support network. Being at the top of the organisation can be isolating and lonely. What entrepreneurs need is a support system; some fresh perspectives from like-minded people who will help them to innovate, be a friend to their business, hold them accountable for some of the finer details and help them with the bigger picture. Coaches, mentors and a business peer group all play an invaluable role for those daring to scale.
Dare to Scale is the perfect read for entrepreneurs and founders daring to dream big, take action and stand up and be counted. With the ambition to grow and transform, supported by like-minded individuals, courageous entrepreneurs are empowered with the framework, tools and self-belief to write their own history.