Sep 2, 2022 | Agility, Culture of innovation, Exponential Organizations, Growth, IT Services, Mid-market, Small Business
In today’s digital age, small to mid-size organizations must remain competitive by innovating and adapting quickly. They need to leverage their strengths, address their shortcomings, and determine their key differentiators to maintain a strong position in the market. Staying ahead of emerging market trends and adjusting their strategy to ensure exponential growth is critical.
Imagine a small IT offshore services company, ValTech, that specializes in providing customized and reliable IT service management solutions to mid-size businesses in various industries. To stay competitive, the organization must leverage its strengths, such as its expertise in customizing IT solutions based on client needs, its reliable and fast turnaround time, and its excellent customer service.
In the next three years, ValTech envisions becoming a trusted and go-to IT partner for its clients, expanding its service offerings to include emerging technologies such as artificial intelligence and machine learning, and building a solid and loyal customer base that refers new clients to the company. Setting a specific, measurable, achievable, relevant, and time-bound vision for success is important; making sure your organization stays true to a purpose that inspires you and your team to work towards achieving it will attract top employees, lead to financial success, and enable to grow a business exponentially. Your Purpose should be reflected in your day-to-day operations and how you treat customers, employees, communities, and colleagues, not just shareholders.
Identifying your needs to achieve your Purpose will help you focus your efforts and resources on what is most critical to your success. Once you have identified your needs, create an action plan to address them. Improving organizational structure, processes, and culture is critical to enabling growth and innovation. Please determine what you need to drive growth, whether it’s cash, the right people, or relationships, and anticipate potential obstacles that could get in the way. Finally, identify risks and challenges that may arise during the transformation process and ensure your customers remain satisfied and loyal throughout the journey.
Foster a culture of continuous improvement and innovation to sustain your growth in the long run. Hold yourself accountable and stay focused on your goals. Remember, success is not just about financial gain; it’s about offering better experiences to all stakeholders.
To live by its purpose and achieve its vision, ValTech needs to act on several fronts. First, the company must invest in developing its employees’ skills and expertise in emerging technologies, hiring new talents as needed, and building partnerships with other companies specializing in these areas. Second, ValTech must improve its organizational structure, processes, and culture to enable growth and innovation. This includes implementing agile development methodologies, fostering a culture of continuous learning and improvement, and providing an environment that encourages innovation and creativity.
For example, automation could streamline processes, data analytics to gain insights into customer needs, and machine learning to create personalized customer experiences. To fully transform into an ExO by leveraging the power of technology. ValTech could create a platform that allows them to customize and maintain software for small to mid-size organizations. Furthermore, this platform should be designed to be scalable and easily accessible, allowing the company to provide services to its customers quickly and efficiently.
Finally, ValTech needs to anticipate potential challenges and market changes to achieve its vision, such as competition from more prominent and established companies, changing customer needs, and disruptive technologies. By identifying and addressing these challenges early on, ValTech can stay ahead of the curve and continue to grow exponentially.
To hold itself accountable, ValTech will establish clear goals, objectives, and key results, measure progress regularly and solicit customer and employee feedback. By doing so, the company can ensure that it stays on track and continues to provide high-quality and customized IT solutions to its clients.
By embracing business transformation and a culture of innovation, a small to mid-size organization can achieve exponential growth and remain competitive in the ever-evolving digital world. By holding oneself accountable, anticipating obstacles, and taking action, such as securing cash, building relationships, and hiring the right people, a business can create a roadmap for growth and achieve its vision of success in the long term.
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Start by exploring how change might affect your business, create a Massive Transformative Purpose, and ideate how you can reinvent your stakeholders’ experiences, internal processes, and business model to become a platform business. Furthermore, make it a fun learning experience!
Oct 13, 2020 | Innovation, abundance, Brainstorming, Collaborative work, Collective Intelligence, ideas, Mid-market, online event, Online Work, OpenExO, Opportunity, Sharing Economy, Small Business, Staff on Demand, Swarm, Teleworking, Transformation
Now more than ever, companies need fresh ideas, creativity, and critical thinking to overcome many of the situations that a world pandemic has pushed us against the wall. In many organizations, we encounter a significant amount of uncertainty when making decisions and face gaps in expertise within their workforce in certain areas that seem to be the right ones to explore for the business.
The power of collaborative work
We are aware there is an abundance of brilliant minds with the experience and talent that can collaborate temporarily as a pool of prequalified workers with availability to share their knowledge. To leverage these external workforces, we hired them for our customers on an as-needed basis to conduct innovation brainstorming sessions, to help companies evaluate and analyze ideas that have not been in-depth discussed.
With this concept in mind, we are addressing the power of Brainstorm Swarms. Brainstorm Swarms are online interactive sessions of two hours where a company team can pose questions on specific topics related to their industry. The inquiries are presented to a Global carefully vetted group of advisors and experts that will provide useful insights, contact, recommendations, and breakthrough solutions you can never imagine on your own.
The power of collaborative work and collective intelligence is a valuable resource to test ideas and explore opportunities from different angles provided by the experience of those who already went through that path.
How to engage in a Brainstorm Swarm
Before going into a Brainstorm Swarm session, we will assess our customers’ needs to gather a clear view of the strategic thinking that the company is willing to get insights and recommendations. Based on that, we will proceed to engage the best minds of advisors and experts who have the experience and knowledge of each field of action to align their inputs with our customers’ expectations.
The practice of Innovation Swarms has introduced companies to fresh thinking and disruptive innovation in a practical and customized way to tune up projects, concepts and recalibrate ideas from its conception to maturity.
If you are interested in knowing more about the revolutionary concept of Brainstorm Swarms, contact us to explore more and start the process of bringing on board brilliant ideas to re-imagine your organization.
Sep 15, 2020 | Sharing Economy, Disruption, Exponential Technologies, Innovation, Microsoft, Microsoft Parther network, OpenExO, Small Business, Transformacion Digital
With a shared goal, we can unlock more digital value for our customers.
Escalate Group is committed to the Exponential Organization framework and proactively leverage the community and Crowd attribute for many functions traditionally handled inside the enterprises, including idea generation, funding, design, software development, distribution, marketing, and sales.
The Microsoft Partner Network is a hub of people, resources, and offerings that give Escalate Group everything we need to build and deliver successful solutions for our customers. We use the network to train our team, create innovative solutions, differentiate in the marketplace, and importantly connect with new customers. Together, we can accomplish more.
Partnering with Microsoft
“As a Microsoft partner, Escalate Group has instant access to exclusive resources, programs, tools, and connections. We are excited to be part of a community designed to foster business growth.” – Olga Calvache, Co-founder at Escalate Group.
Our experience with the Microsoft community goes beyond the transaction. It is a community built around a common purpose that attracts and engaged passionate members. It is about peer2peer engagement in live and online training and events that nurture the community. The interactions around the partner center platform, the co-marketing and the co-selling programs with other partners automate the peer-to-peer engagement.
There must be a better way to organize ourselves. We’ve learned how to scale technology; now it’s time we determine how to scale organizations. Community and Crowd go beyond outsourcing. We believe that Community and Crowd is a fundamental attribute, you cannot be an Exponential Organization if you do not leverage this attribute as part of your organization.
Jul 7, 2020 | Small Business, Digital Transformation, Disrupcion, ExO Workshop, Exponential Attributes, Exponential Organizations, Exponential Technologies, Feria Virtual, Mid-market, Transformation
Due to Covid-19, and currently, the race riots, the most challenging hit sector in the global economy is the Small and medium-sized enterprises (SMEs). Leveraging the dramatic success of the ExO World Digital Summit, HealRWorld united with ExO World created ExO World: Small Business Summit to help small companies surviving 2020 and creating a thriving future.
Society is being transformed today by the major forces of COVID-19, technological advancements, and environmental and social challenges. Many organizations are ill-prepared to address these issues. Society is ill-prepared to adapt.
Empowering Small Business
Escalate Group cooperated with the 5000-strong OpenExO Global Transformation Ecosystem, X Prize Foundation, Abundance360, Vortex, HighVibe, Rokk3r, Fastrack Institute, ExO Speakers and Fluid Chains. Besides, the summit’s objective was to use this moment to inspire and empower global small businesses to transform the world with new disruptive technology and strategies that focus on serving and positively impacting their communities and beyond.
This July 14, 2020, Escalate Group co-founders Olga Calvache and Cesar Castro joined a selected group of speakers at the ExO World: Small Business Summit Online. Among the other featured speakers, we found Paul Polman, Salim Ismail, Michele Bongiovanni, Leslie Short, John Denton, Matthew Gamser, Anakha Coman, John Mackey, and Andrew Yang.
“Amazing… I have met amazing people and have a number of follow up conversations across the globe” Nicole Dreiske (ExO World Speaker – Screen Smart.)
The interactive workshop facilitated by Escalate Group partners, guided the participants to identify, adapt, and create new business opportunities coming out from disruption. Escalate Group’s recommendations to face the adversity and gain an advantage, relying on proven practices trusted by leading organizations around the world, helped small business to learn how to leverage the crises to come out ahead stronger.
“Escalate Group workshop was an awesome hands-on experience to re-imaging my organization,” said Felicia Santos, Philippine business owner in New York.
Jun 20, 2020 | Innovation, Business, Feria Virtual, Game Changer, Global, growth mindset, Latinoamerica, Leadership, Mid-market, online event, Sharing Economy, Small Business, Transformacion Digital, Volcano Summit
It was a fantastic experience for Escalate Group to have participated as guest speakers in the online Volcano Summit this past June 13th.
The promise of the event was highly enticing when we heard this experience was going to be an online oasis to explore the future of innovation in our ever-changing world. And the outcome honored it.
Amid a pandemic lockdown and walking around this online encounter, we were able to learn from videos of previous editions of this yearly Guatemala-held event. We were astonished by the beauty of the setting and the energy imprinted by its leaders advocating innovation and educating a community thirsting for the latest trends in technology.
This year they could not fall short with the expectations of its audience. With limited time, they created a curated line up of activities to keep its community engaged with their promise.
The event included speakers, networking, meetups, workshops, expo booths, and breakout discussions. Those interested in a more personalized experience, engaged using a headset in an immersive VR encounter.
In our speeches, Escalate Group shared our customer-focused approach to innovation view and touched upon the topic of the opportunities that blockchain technology brings to the entrepreneurial world.
We are humbled and honored to have contributed to the success of this event, which attracted more than 1,500 participants from 30 countries on that Saturday morning.
Kudos to Emilio Eva, Director of Volcano Summit, and his team. They were able to make the Volcano Summit alive again this year, keeping faithful to its game-changer community and demonstrating that space and time are of no importance when bringing together investors, sponsors, businesses, and entrepreneurs!
Mar 28, 2019 | Advisory Services, Business Coaching, Consulting, Digital Transformation, ExO, Growth, Mid-market, Small Business, Transformation
The combined effect of new exponential technologies is changing the world faster than before. Peter Diamandis’s 6Ds (Digitization, Deception, Disruption, Demonetization, Dematerialization, and Democratization) provide the best ideas on the “how” this is happening.
There is a clear need for transformation and re-inventing our organizations. As coined by David Rose “Any company designed for success in the 20th century is doomed to failure on the 21st”
Mid-market companies’ leaders should constantly ask two questions that can help them win in today’s competitive and disruptive world: 1) How do I always create new customer value? Also, 2) How do I always optimize and speed up the processes of my organization?
However, that’s not enough to keep up with today’s Fourth Industrial Revolution. The ExO attributes from Exponential Organizations by @SalimIsmail, are essential to connect not only Corporates and Unicorns but also mid-market companies to the abundance of opportunities in the new digital world and to help these organizations to manage that abundance.
The Massive Transformative Purpose (MTP) is the base of any Exponential Organization, and it serves as a guiding principle when critical decisions need to be made.
From our experience working with founders, CEOs and leadership teams in the mid-market segment, the MTP helps to identify priorities. Depending on the industry, geography and those priorities, the ExO attributes to implement varies for each organization, we have found the following as core attributes for several mid-market companies:
– Developing a Community that interacts with the core team of the organization via social media and mobile apps to for example get product feedback and find contractors and experts.
– Engagement to connect customers and their ecosystem to create network effects and feedback loops with extraordinary reach and a positive impact on the business and the participants.
– Real-time Dashboards to track and monitor data from critical processes, teams OKRs (Objective and Key Results) as well as from for example of a proprietary mobile app.
– Establish a culture of Experimentation, growth hacking and constant iteration through their teams. A culture where people is willing to fail, and pivot as needed with constant product iteration and LEAN approach.
Our involvement within the ExO ecosystem has shown that transforming an existing mid-market company into an Exponential Organization is doable but requires three things:
1. A company culture that can quickly adapt to rapid and often radical change.
2. A visionary leader who has the full support of the board and senior management.
3. A group of ambitious and motivated people ready to transform and scale the organization.
We have seen lots of companies passively being disrupted; people don’t see this coming. At Escalate Group, we embed ExO principles into pre-existing mid-market organizations—to help them to explode their performance.