Several years ago, James Fischer, had an ambitious goal. The co-Founder of the Origin Institute, a research and consulting company out of Boulder, Colorado, wanted to understand and decipher the patterns, behaviors and the characteristics in entrepreneurial enterprises – and – develop best practices to better navigate the trials and tribulations of business growth.

Six years and some 750 CEO interviews later, James Fisher documented his findings in the book, “Navigating the Growth Curve: 9 Fundamentals that Build a Profit-driven, People-centered, Growth-smart Company”.

What did he find? A road-map describing the 7 predictable stages of growth that companies travel through in their journey from start up to going ventures of 500 people or more, drawn from the collective experiences of hundreds of entrepreneurial companies across 35 different industries.

From this was developed the 7 Stages of Growth and our Stages of Growth Assessment developed with TTI and Laurie Taylor ( www.igniteyourbiz.com ).

Here are four vital insights from this amazing work that every CEO and particularly those of Small to Mid-Sized companies needs to know:

Complexity is driven by Employees not Revenues

Each stage of growth has five overarching challenges that will drive their business

There are two Chaos Zones you must recognize and plan for (Flood Zone and Wind Tunnel)

Different leadership modes and Styles are required at each stage of growth.