In any business whether it’s a global manufacturer, a corner sweet shop, or a professional practice, the business passes through a number of distinct phases. These are not dissimilar to the growth of a seed to a mature tree, or a person from a baby, to a child and adolescent, into an adult.
These stages are connected by periods of growth and development. In order to move from one stage to the next, certain tasks need to be completed. Some challenges need to be met and overcome. Some lessons need to be learned. And during this process the young human or practice has needs that must be met in order that the growth is healthy and useful.