Stages of Development

We use the Stages of Development as a meta-framework for measuring an organization’s growth. Generally, you can find which of the five stages you’re in by how far into the future your founder is able to focus their attention. This brief describes the basic concept of the Stages of Development, which show the journey from a business with the sole goal of survival to a thriving company with the goal of building wisely for the future.

In this brief, you’ll learn:

  • The five Stages of Development that businesses go through on their way to becoming thriving companies
  • How freeing up your founder to focus further into the future helps the company advance
  • Key differences between early-stage and high-stage companies
  • Tips for persisting through moments when you feel like you’ve hit the ceiling