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Avoiding the Pitfalls of Growth


Avoiding the Pitfalls of Growth

By , April 19, 2021
Jan Cavelle (19-04)

Joining the podcast from Babraham in the UK, freelance writer and author Jan Cavelle joins this week’s instalment. As an author, Jan specifically focusses on avoiding the growth pitfalls, something she writes about from personal experience. Jan originally started writing concerning the realities and truths of running a business as an entrepreneur back in 2008. Since then, she has written articles for countless publications, spreading her wisdom, knowledge and latest trends all things entrepreneurial.

Jan strives to help entrepreneurs scale their businesses, providing advice from what she has learned from experts, and her own successes and difficulties. Her first book, Scale For Success, can be pre-ordered here, and more of her articles can be found on her website. For Jan, strategy is a hugely important issue. She has found many people focus too much on growth.


Jan advocates that if you try to grow without strategy, you have none of the frameworks in place to sustain that growth, most importantly the people. With all her research for her book, Jan found people to be the most common denominator. You don’t have to just plan ahead, you have to find the right people to have in place ahead of the growth, and this order is essential for sustained growth.


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Craig West

Craig West

Executive Chairman | Succession Plus

Craig West is a strategic accountant who has over 20 years’ experience advising business owners. His background as a CPA in public practice, provided invaluable experience in the key issues of concern to business owners. Following 6 years of study to gain two masters degrees, Craig focused on Capital Gains Tax (CGT) for business sales advising on strategic management of tax issues. This experience formed a very strong view that business owners (and often their advisers) were unprepared and unaware of the steps required to prepare a business for exit.

Craig now acts as a strategic mentor for mid-market business owners and has written four critically acclaimed books on employee incentives, succession planning, asset protection and exit strategies. Craig has conducted numerous seminars and keynote presentations throughout Australia & internationally, including adviser education programs for the Institute of Chartered Accountants and CPA Australia.

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