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Business Transformation Explained; Ideation, Incubation, Scaling

Business Transformation Explained; Ideation, Incubation, Scaling

In pursuit of profit maximization, revenue growth, customer satisfaction and an expanded market share among other goals, a holistic business transformation strategy is more than necessary for these very businesses. Fundamental changes are therefore made to various aspects of business. They may include changes in the structure, customer focus, technology, operations or an entire strategy shift.

This world dances to the tune of money. In bid for great men seeking money and everything that comes with it, ideas are born. To say that money is not one of the great motivations to start businesses would be an illusion. Well, the greatest leaders in businesses have understood that for the success of businesses, the major intention should be directed to solving problems in the society, addressing needs, providing solutions; persistently and passionately doing so.

Supply Chain Business Transformation

Business ideas such as bridging the supply chain and connecting customers to suppliers by a logistics solution is just but an example. Additionally, the discovery that most start-ups, for instance fail just after few years of operations would drive an idea like designing strategic plans for them that would help them; scenarios, problems and business ideas to offer solutions to the respective problems would fill an entire book.

Three Significant Stages to Business Transformation

It is fullfilling to see how a business transforms from an idea to something tangible. Individuals with intentions to start/run or successfully continue the operations of their businesses must therefore have the knowledge that business transformation has the following three significant stages;

Stages to Business Transformation


Daily challenges become dire. Inefficiencies inconvenience seamless operations, insufficiencies challenge the existence of human beings. It is these daily challenges that ideas to offer solutions stem from. Businesses must endeavor to solve genuine problems. An individual realizes that there is need to make transactions and payments faster and more conveniently, the concept of Mpesa is generated. In another sector, with the daily changes in technology, a software is developed to make work easier and faster; a solution to a problem. This stage requires a well thought of idea and the courage to make a decision to start. More often, the process of birthing an idea involves something that aligns with individual passions and purpose, the desire to solve a particular problem and creativity.


Everything that has impactful results has a good plan. The incubation stage of a business majorly involves packaging the idea into something that is bankable. Different strategies are crafted, woven, packed and stacked together. Policies and structures are put together. It is in this stage that the future of the business is envisaged, potential throwbacks are recognized. A SWOT analysis is performed and remedies identified. Cultural assessments, risk assessment, stakeholder alignment, vision and strategy development, legal and compliance considerations among others are clearly factored in.


Scaling up a business requires an integration of strategic decision making, careful planning and resource allocation to expand the revenues, operations and customer base of the business while enhancing its efficiency and profitability. 

Fundamental Elements that Drive Meaningful Business Scaling

Some of the fundamental elements that drive meaningful business transformation in this stage would include;

  1. Technology and infrastructure; the business environment is a competitive one, fast growing and unpredictable. With different technological advancements, scaling a business to higher levels would necessitate an updated technology to support it and to stay in terms with current trends in the market.
  2. Sustainability and social responsibility; needless to say, sustainability has become a major pressing issue as stakeholders are looking for more than the financial performance of businesses. As such, integrating sustainability and social responsibility principles into business transformation would scale the business to success and transformation, staying ahead of competitors.
  3. Leadership and governance; scaling up a business requires transformational leaders who will take charge and drive change and ensure robust change management strategies.
  4. Risk management; contingency plans must be put in place to address unexpected outcomes and situations.
  5. Innovation culture; fostering a culture of agility and flexibility that encourages employees to share new ideas.

Other determinants such as talent management, data analytics, regulatory changes and defining KPIs to measure growth are also invaluable in this stage of business transformation.

Seamless execution of these three critical stages would result in collaborative, strategic, holistic and efficiency-driven business transformation and birthing a great business that meets the needs of all the stakeholders.

Now that you understand the essentials of Business Transformation contact our management consulting team for Best in Class Business Transformation Services

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