ScaleUpU's "The Agile Scaleup" is an accredited 36-month executive program similar to the “Birthing of Giants” (BOG) program that Verne Harnish, founder of the Entrepreneurs’ Organization (EO) and author of Scaling Up, launched over 25 years ago. Today it is titled the “Entrepreneurial Masters Program” (EMP) and is still held on the campus of MIT.
Building on the success of that program, which has educated over 1500 growth-minded entrepreneurs, and the success of Gazelles, a global executive education and coaching firm which has helped an additional 40,000 firms scaleup (several to a $1 billion and beyond) using tools and techniques developed for the EMP, ScaleUpU combines the best practices from these programs into one integrated solution.
There are three components to the ScaleUpU initiative: On-Campus, On-site and On-line:
The Agile Scaleup – Education for Leaders Looking to ScaleUp
Throughout the year, each of the 15 companies will utilize the online Growth Institute to provide ongoing education (one-hour per month per employee) for the entire firm using the Better Book Club platform. In addition, companies will use the online cloud-based dashboard called Align to track progress on cascading priorities and metrics throughout the company. It has been proven that this is difficult to do on a weekly basis without a reliable method once the company reaches any kind of scale.
Another resource will be monthly webinars that feature relevant topics to support the scaling up initiative that will be available only to companies in the program.
Each quarter during the 36-month program, a local certified Gazelles coaching partner is sent to the organization to facilitate/update a 90-day plan and provide valuable training to the rest of the company/middle managers in order to assist with and measure the growth initiatives. These sessions are scheduled at the companies' convenience and provide the necessary follow-up to ensure progress on implementing the ideas introduced in the annual on-campus programs.
Not only will this coaching concentrate on keeping the momentum going within the organization, it will also ensure that the business education that comes from Scaling Up is embedded across the entire company. “No one has ever achieved peak performance without a coach” is the motto for this aspect of the initiative.
Once a year, an organization’s CEO and its senior team come to “campus” with 14 other executive teams for three days of intensive learning and sharing led by top business thought leaders in the fields of growth, leadership, sales, marketing, hiring, negotiations, international expansion, execution, and financing/cash management.
In addition, the on-campus programs are designed to build connections between the growth firms, through interactive activities, so they are in a position to support each other. “It’s OK to be independent, but no reason to be alone” is a common motto for the program. The participants will choose “peer coaches” to support their disciplines between the annual gatherings. And the friendly peer pressure and sense the “we’re not the only ones facing these issues” creates the right environment for peak performance.
The on-campus program is based on the proven design of EO’s EMP and the Scaling Up workshops (info in Appendix) Verne has been leading for years for YPO (Young Presidents’ Organization). They both have excellent and proven track records of impact and results for mid-market growth firms.
Gazelles Growth Institute - http://growthinstitute.com/
Align Today - https://aligntoday.com/
Better Book Club - http://www.betterbookclub.com/