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The PeopleCap Playbook

Timely insights and actionable people strategies for leaders.

Growth is a paradox.


Once a company reaches 50-100 employees, growth creates an interesting and seemingly unfair challenge. Having the opportunity to grow is the result of – and reward for – great success. Only successful founders build organizations that attract investors. Only companies with substantial capital have the opportunity to quickly double in size and revenue.

But after a large capital infusion, the next level is not a baby step. It is a giant leap – one that often requires a significant transformation – with a new or evolved vision, strategy, leadership, talent level, structure, and culture. Private equity backed growth is one of the most consistent examples of “what got you here won’t get you there.” Continue reading “Growth is a paradox.”

I’m an Investor, Not a Therapist

“We are really good at analyzing markets, financials, and growth potential. We are not as good analyzing the people part.”

“I spend a lot of effort finding the right investments for us, and then I spend all of my time on the phone dealing with people issues.”

We hear comments like these frequently from private equity firms and board members of private equity portfolio companies. In the private equity arena, where the ability to maximize impact and ROI is largely dependent on speed of growth – getting bogged down by people issues can be costly – and spending hours dealing with leadership issues can be really (really) frustrating. Continue reading “I’m an Investor, Not a Therapist”

What We’re Reading: Blitzscaling

If your company is growing rapidly, then this book is for you!

Blitzscaling is loosely defined as the playbook for “building a dominant world leading business in record time.” Most importantly, Blitzscaling requires prioritizing “speed over efficiency in the face of uncertainty.”

Blitzscaling is not for everyone. We’re talking hypergrowth and first mover advantage here. It’s not for those who crave work life balance or modest market share. This is the winner-take-all model that companies like Amazon, Google, Facebook, and Apple have built. Continue reading “What We’re Reading: Blitzscaling”