Decoding 7 stages of business success with Carl Gould


Decoding 7 stages of business success with Carl Gould

Business is personal, and success is every small business owner’s dream. In our volatile economic climate, hard work is no longer a guarantee for success, but when paired with the right strategy success is in reach of most business owners. The trick is embracing practical strategies alongside a clear direction and big vision. People start a small business for thousands of different reasons, and every entrepreneur’s dream is unique. That makes it even more important to be able to understand where you are and decode the next stages to get you where you want to be. There are no secrets, only tried and true strategies every business owner should embrace.

Carl Gould understands this well. Carl built three multi-million dollar businesses before the age of 40 and is also a three-time best-selling author. Through his firm 7 Stage Advisors, Carl has successfully conducted over 75,000 sessions and his methods have been practiced in over 35 countries. Early on in his business career, Carl realized that his businesses were running him and not the other way around. After tirelessly working significant hours, including weekends, Carl looked towards refining his strategy to make improvements. Passionate about organizational development, Carl realized he had a talent for helping business owners reach their goals through improved methods.

Unlike many consulting gurus, Carl’s approach is more practical and less theoretical. He has written nine books and is the host of the weekly iHeart radio show “Quit and Get Rich.” In his best-selling book “The 7 Stages of Small Business Success,” Carl decodes the definitive steps to success he teaches through his consulting firm. Carl believes the personality of a small-to-mid-market business will often mirror the owner. The stages of an organization begin with strategic planning moving on to specialty, synergy, systems, sustainability, salability, and succession. It’s about turning a dream into a legacy.

By breaking down the evolution of a small business into a concise life cycle, Carl helps businesses gain control of their destiny by preparing them for the challenges ahead. “If you think of any area that you’re frustrated with, and really dissect why you’re frustrated, you’ll realize you don’t have a good system for that part of the business,” explains Carl. A smart small business owner understands they won’t be great at everything. They know when to capitalize on their strengths but also when to delegate should weaknesses present themselves. “What I learned was that you need a business coach for every area of your business that you are frustrated with,” he adds.

Carl’s methods have been embraced worldwide winning him countless awards including the Gold Stevie Award at the 2018 International Business Awards. His client list is impressive as well including organizations such as Walgreens, Walmart, American Idol, IBM, and the US Army. An author and international keynote speaker Carl has worked with multiple Inc. 500/5000 fastest-growing companies and is a founding member of the International Association of Coaches. A man with a plan he has also been a featured guest speaker at prominent universities including NYU and MIT. Carl Gould not only understands the life cycle of a business, he knows precisely how to ensure a company secures the legacy it deserves.

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