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1 Empowering Conscious Entrepreneurs

2 IMPACT ENTREPRENEUR TOOLKIT

3 Small Business Stage AssessmentSmall Business Stage Assessment

4 Stages of Small Business Growth Growth in Capacity, Complexity and Impact Time 5432154321 Incubation Phase Start-up Phase Stable Phase Growth Phase The “Plateau” Stagen calls this “Scrambling” It is exciting and messy Getting the business safely off the ground The time it takes to develop the idea

5 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Instructions  Complete the Assessment first as a way to confirm your intuition about which stage your business is in  Following the assessment you will find four separate “Conscious Business Toolboxes”  A few of the tools are repeated in each toolbox because they are equally useful at every stage  Each toolbox has two tools (one aimed at a Checkpoint and a second supporting an Accelerator) that are especially helpful for that stage (yet could be useful for businesses at other stages)  Many tools are self-explanatory while a few have tool-specific instructions to help you get the maximum value  Enjoy!

6 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given If you have not yet completed these milestones, then it is unlikely that you have completed the Incubation Stage  The details of the products and services are clear  A viable business model has been fleshed out (on paper)  First product / service offer is sketched out in some detail  Funding or initial community of customers is established If you have completed these, then you may have moved into the Start-up Stage. Small Business Stage Assessment ___yes ___no

7 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given If you have not yet completed these milestones, then it is unlikely that you have completed the Start-up Stage  Early customer relationships established  Infrastructure is in place  Initial product development and market testing is complete  Adequate funding in place (or cash flow from sales)  You have one or more “transformational” products or services  Clear purpose is being translated into impressive results If you have completed these milestones, then you may have moved into the Stable Stage Small Business Stage Assessment ___yes ___no

8 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given If you have not yet completed these milestones, then it is unlikely that you have completed the Stable Stage  There is a strong, consistent demand for your products/services  Your product / service has achieved “proof of concept”  Your business model is working  The company has sustainable economics  Product portfolio is expanding with innovation and success  You have a solid customer base with brand loyalty  Happy customers are spreading products through word of mouth  You have a core team of engaged, loyal partners/employees If you have completed these milestones, then you may have moved into the Growth Stage Small Business Stage Assessment ___yes ___no

9 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given If you have not yet completed these milestones, then it is unlikely that you have completed the Growth Stage  Business model is tuned and humming  Significant revenue growth  Big opportunities and challenges coming at an accelerating pace  Strong and growing demand for products and services  Healthy, sustainable cash flow allows you to make big investments  Organizational governance in place with aligned team  You have a well-documented Service Model (S.O.Ps)  Teams accomplish big results following established systems If you have completed these milestones, then you may be ready to move beyond the Growth Stage and start scaling Small Business Stage Assessment ___yes ___no

10 Strategy Road Hazards Checkpoints Strategy is how your business is going to achieve it’s purpose in the world Checkpoints represent the major “developmental milestones” that your business will need to complete at each stage as a prerequisite for moving to the next stage Accelerators CHECKPOINT Accelerators are tactics that work well at that stage to grow your organizational capacity and your results more quickly The Four Small Business Growth Factors Road Hazards are the most common problems that businesses encounter at that stage that you must avoid

11 Strategy Road Hazards Checkpoints Incubation Stage RoadmapIncubation Stage Roadmap  Get inspired and remain connected to deep purpose  Create an elegant launch plan for quick start-up  Deeply understand WHO you’re helping, and HOW you’ll do so  Get inspired and remain connected to deep purpose  Create an elegant launch plan for quick start-up  Deeply understand WHO you’re helping, and HOW you’ll do so  A transformational product/service that inspires people  Enough courage and faith in the idea to experiment and get feedback  Start-up funding along with significant sweat and heart investment  A transformational product/service that inspires people  Enough courage and faith in the idea to experiment and get feedback  Start-up funding along with significant sweat and heart investment  Solid business plan / business model well-vetted by experts  First public offer sketched out  Funding or initial community of customers tapped into  Solid business plan / business model well-vetted by experts  First public offer sketched out  Funding or initial community of customers tapped into Accelerators  The founder has “blinders” on; doesn’t listen to outside perspectives  Naivety results in insufficiently detailed concept/ business model  Procrastination, fear or insecurity prevents founder from putting the idea (and initial product offering) out there to be tested and get feedback  The founder has “blinders” on; doesn’t listen to outside perspectives  Naivety results in insufficiently detailed concept/ business model  Procrastination, fear or insecurity prevents founder from putting the idea (and initial product offering) out there to be tested and get feedback CHECKPOINT

12 Strategy Checkpoints Start-Up Stage RoadmapStart-Up Stage Roadmap  Courageous and decisive leadership energizes the organization  Develop inspired and creative/innovative product/service offerings  Strong marketing plan results in cash flow (which is fuel)  Build momentum quickly to bolster team and supporter enthusiasm  Courageous and decisive leadership energizes the organization  Develop inspired and creative/innovative product/service offerings  Strong marketing plan results in cash flow (which is fuel)  Build momentum quickly to bolster team and supporter enthusiasm  Focus energy on growing revenue and emphasize productivity  Absolute clarity on your “customer avatar” and dial in your branding and marketing to be resonant with their worldview  Short product launch cycles, lots of feedback iterate quickly and adapt  Focus energy on growing revenue and emphasize productivity  Absolute clarity on your “customer avatar” and dial in your branding and marketing to be resonant with their worldview  Short product launch cycles, lots of feedback iterate quickly and adapt  Adequate funding in place or cash flow from sales to allow momentum  You have one or more “transformational” products or services that deeply serve your customers with a meaningful impact in their life  Clear purpose is being translated into decisive action & impressive results  Adequate funding in place or cash flow from sales to allow momentum  You have one or more “transformational” products or services that deeply serve your customers with a meaningful impact in their life  Clear purpose is being translated into decisive action & impressive results  Negative cash flow. Under capitalized  Poor product quality (or problems with it that can’t be easily solved)  No or limited relationship with market and customer avatars  Founder burns out from solo responsibility, or founding team falls apart  Negative cash flow. Under capitalized  Poor product quality (or problems with it that can’t be easily solved)  No or limited relationship with market and customer avatars  Founder burns out from solo responsibility, or founding team falls apart CHECKPOINT Road Hazards Accelerators

13 Strategy Checkpoints Stable Stage RoadmapStable Stage Roadmap  Establish sustainable economic foundation  Consistently serve people and deliver value  Focus on marketing and product creation  Establish sustainable economic foundation  Consistently serve people and deliver value  Focus on marketing and product creation  Attract and invest in talented people to co-create business with you  Create strong marketing infrastructure to build relationships  Invest in growth (technology, staff, outsourcing, advertising)  Attract and invest in talented people to co-create business with you  Create strong marketing infrastructure to build relationships  Invest in growth (technology, staff, outsourcing, advertising)  Product portfolio expanding, with innovation and success  Achieve solid ‘customer base’ through brand loyalty  Happy customers spreading products through word of mouth  Product portfolio expanding, with innovation and success  Achieve solid ‘customer base’ through brand loyalty  Happy customers spreading products through word of mouth  Staying too long on the plateau can cause organization to stagnate  Major strategic miscalculation leads to demand drying up  Business becomes complacent and marketplace leaves it behind  Founder loses interest - the business dies from “infant death syndrome”  Staying too long on the plateau can cause organization to stagnate  Major strategic miscalculation leads to demand drying up  Business becomes complacent and marketplace leaves it behind  Founder loses interest - the business dies from “infant death syndrome” CHECKPOINT Road Hazards Accelerators

14 Strategy Checkpoints Growth Stage RoadmapGrowth Stage Roadmap  Concentrate on growing revenue within core business  Empower team members with responsibility AND authority  Take calculated risks investing in high-leverage growth tactics  Stay fast and flexible; “dynamically steer”  Concentrate on growing revenue within core business  Empower team members with responsibility AND authority  Take calculated risks investing in high-leverage growth tactics  Stay fast and flexible; “dynamically steer”  Strong and growing demand for products and services  Healthy, sustainable cash flow  Organizational governance in place with aligned team  Strong and growing demand for products and services  Healthy, sustainable cash flow  Organizational governance in place with aligned team  High leverage marketing strategies such as joint ventures or affiliates  Use outsourcers who can do many of the detailed tasks inexpensively  Leverage an online and mobile-based collaborative project management tool to expedite communication and maximize organizational productivity  High leverage marketing strategies such as joint ventures or affiliates  Use outsourcers who can do many of the detailed tasks inexpensively  Leverage an online and mobile-based collaborative project management tool to expedite communication and maximize organizational productivity  Business struggles to grow beyond its founder(s) because they are unable or unwilling to share responsibility and authority  Lack of delegation, leadership team stretched too thin  Fast decision-making leads to unquestioned assumptions and big mistakes  Business struggles to grow beyond its founder(s) because they are unable or unwilling to share responsibility and authority  Lack of delegation, leadership team stretched too thin  Fast decision-making leads to unquestioned assumptions and big mistakes CHECKPOINT Road Hazards Accelerators

15 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Evaluating Six Organizational Capacities In this section, you will be introduced to the six major “organizational capacities” that enable your small business to grow, mature, and progress to subsequent stages.

16 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Organizational Capacity Think of these capacities as the “multiple intelligences” or “lines of development” of your company. Each of these area will have increasing capacity as your business matures.

17 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Meaning Small Business Capacity Impact entrepreneurs “start with why” and draw inspiration and strength from “answering the call” to have a positive impact in the world This meaning orientation attracts and keeps both team members and customers engaged over the long term Have you clearly identified your company’s purpose? Do your stakeholders (partners, employees, customers, vendors) resonate with that sense of meaning? What might expand this sense of meaning? ________________________ _____________________________________ ______________________________________ Rate your business’ current capacity in this area: _____ (a number between 0 and 10)

18 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Leadership Small Business Capacity Conscious leadership is one of the four a “pillars” of conscious capitalism Learning “Integral Leadership” gives impact entrepreneurs and conscious advocates an enormous advantage By understanding about people’s needs and motivations, integral leaders are far better equipped to positively influence change for the greater good How strong would you characterize your leadership capacity? Are your partners and team members highly engaged and motivated? How might you expand your leadership capacity? __________________ _____________________________________ ______________________________________ Rate your business’ current capacity in this area: _____ (a number between 0 and 10)

19 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Transformational Products & Services Small Business Capacity Conscious entrepreneurs create and deliver products and services that enrich the lives and transform the perspectives, experience and capabilities of their customers. Good examples include coaching and consulting services, impactful educational programs, empowering software and tools, and even information products such as online courses Do your products/services make a meaningful positive impact in your customers’ lives? What is “transformed” when using your products/services? How might you expand this capacity? _____________________________________ ______________________________________ Rate your business’ current capacity in this area: _____ (a number between 0 and 10)

20 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Advocacy & Relationship Building Small Business Capacity Understanding your customer (market research, avatars, customer problems and goals) is key to success Advocacy is the key to bringing your perspective and approaches to the world on a larger scale Relationship building is how you find, connect, and help the people you are trying to help How well do you understand your customer? What do you believe in? What can you be an advocate for? Do you have a “relationship funnel” and actively cultivate it? __________________________ _____________________________________ ____________________________________ Rate your business’ current capacity in this area: _____ (a number between 0 and 10)

21 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Strategy & Execution Small Business Capacity Conscious entrepreneurs use integral perspectives to find and leverage opportunities that less aware competitors overlook They prioritize their initiatives and projects to achieve maximum leverage. Success depends on careful project planning followed by discipline in delegating, tracking and managing projects to completion Personal productivity is crucial, including focus, attention management, task management and collaboration How strong is your strategy? How effective is your execution? Your project management? Do you stay focused on the most important things each week? How might you expand this capacity? ________________________________ _________________________________________ Rate your current capacity in this area: _____ (a number between 0 and 10)

22 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Operations & Finance Small Business Capacity Operations and finance represents the health of the processes and infrastructure of your organization. This health is cultivated by thoughtful "org structure,” intelligent work process design, and clearly articulated team expectations. Impact entrepreneurs must manage finances diligently and have a strategy for funding growth How strong is your capacity to manage your operations? How disciplined is your financial management? Are you tending to the processes and systems that your business needs to thrive? How might you improve? _______________________________________ Rate your business’ current capacity in this area: _____ (a number between 0 and 10)

23 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Signal Light Analysis This “Signal Light Analysis” tool enables you to subjectively evaluate those areas of your business in which you can move ahead confidently, those areas that you should proceed with caution, and the areas where you may be stuck and need some help.

24 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Instructions  The following slides offer a “Signal Light Analysis” enabling you to subjectively evaluate those areas of your business in which you can move ahead confidently, those areas that you should proceed with caution, and the areas where you may be stuck and need some help.  Following that, there is the “Roadmap” slide that lists all of the major strategies, checkpoints, accelerators and road hazards for this stage of small business growth. If this is YOUR stage, then pay extra attention to these details, and try to use every tool provided. If this is not your stage, you still may find some of the tools useful (at minimum, informative).

25 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given In What Ways Are You Moving Ahead Confidently?

26 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given In What Ways Are You Proceeding with Caution?

27 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given In What Ways Are You Stopped?

28 “Signal Light” Analysis of Your Business List key areas of your business and the “signal light” indicators for each

29 Milestones to Complete Your Current Stage Refer to the provided roadmap for your current stage of business. Put the relevant “checkpoints” from the map here along with the other major goals that you know you need to accomplish this year for your business to progress CHECKPOINTS Your next action you need to take toward this milestone Name of Milestone

30 @2014 Conscious Business Coalition Use with permission granted as long as attribution is given Accelerators and Decelerators Drawing inspiration from the roadmap for your current stage, list the relevant accelerators from the map here along with the other ideas you have to boost your business performance. Next list the things that are currently slowing you down. List Ways You Can Boost Performance List the Things That Are Slowing You Down

31 2014 Opportunities and Dangers Use this worksheet to brainstorm the opportunities and dangers that you are currently aware of at this stage of your business. Then discuss these with your key stakeholders to get input

32 Conscious Business Canvas We Believe We Exist to We Believe Our Purpose We Help We Help SolveOur Transformational Products and Services We BenefitOur Relationship Funnel We Love We Connect Our Operating ModelOur Stakeholders Our Sustainable CostsOur Sustainable Revenue v.1.0 What do you believe about what is happening, what is important and needed, and what action should be taken? Who do you help? What problems do you help them solve? How specifically do you help them solve those problems? Describe the people you most love to help (your ideal customers). Describe your 3-4 primary “Customer Avatars” (in terms of demographics and psychographics) Describe your core offering(s). What (or how) do you help your customer actually transform? How is your “transformational” offering unique or distinct from available “transactional” alternatives? List the top ways you benefit your customers. These benefits must be specifically tied to the problems your customers want to solve (and are willing to pay for). Where do you find and connect with the people that you love to help? How do they learn about your advocacy (what you believe)? How do they find out about the unique benefits that your help offers? If they are looking for help, how do they go about it, and where do they search? You want to leverage your finite resources wisely by minimizing waste and inefficiency, and maxizing sustainability. 1. What are the total costs to develop your transformational products and services? 2. What are the total costs to deliver them? (Variable costs per unit and all fixed overhead) 3. What are the total costs you incur to acquire a new customer relationship (in your funnel)? Revenue is the fuel that your business uses to help your customers and to grow more capable. 1. What are your current (core) sources of revenue? 2. What are your secondary or potential future sources of revenue? 3. If you are using investment capital (or favors such as free labor) to fuel your growth currently, what is your breakeven point where you become fully self-sufficient and sustainable? 4. What is your Gross Margin? (Revenue minus COGS) Our purpose is ______________. We are passionate about _____ and use our gifts of __________ to have a meaninful contribution in the form of _______________ Describe the levels in your funnel Exposure to your advocacy Initial (Free) Engagement with You First Low-Cost Value Exchange with You Core Product/Service Purchase Loyal and Repeat Customers Most Intimate Customers (Investing the most time/money with you) Describe how you operate. These are all the key activities your business must do to thrive. What core organizational competencies can you leverage? What can you outsource or partner with others to get done. List all your stakeholders. This is everyone (and everything) that may be impacted (positively or negatively) by your ongoing operations. v.1.0

33 Conscious Business Canvas We Believe We Exist to We Believe Our Purpose We Help We Help SolveOur Transformational Products and Services We BenefitOur Relationship Funnel We Love We Connect Our Operating ModelOur Stakeholders Our Sustainable CostsOur Sustainable Revenue v.1.0 Type answers here…. Describe the levels in your funnel Exposure to your advocacy Type answers here…. Initial (Free) Engagement with You Type answers here…. First Low-Cost Value Exchange with You Type answers here…. Core Product/Service Purchase Type answers here…. Loyal and Repeat Customers Type answers here…. Most Intimate Customers (Investing the most time/money with you) Type answers here…. v.1.0Company / Venture __________ Your Name _____________

34 Reflection Questions  What stage is my business currently in?  What flows easily for me and which areas do I feel stuck in or struggle to acomplish?  Which parts of my “platform” are in place and which ones are still missing or underdeveloped?  What would unlock growth in my business?  Where might I get more leverage?  What is holding me back? (examples: mindsets, habits, lack of resources, lack of clarity, lack of energy?)

35 Reflection Questions - Answers  Type here….


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