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CEO Kimberly Arnold Announces YouTube Channel Launch for “Three Minutes to Escalate”
Plan. Grow. Scale. Sustain.
Escalate Solutions offers growth strategy, business operations support and enterprise acceleration to help clients scale deliberately, increase profitability and achieve long-term viability.
Escalate Solutions supports emerging, growing and transitioning businesses through a broad range of cross-disciplinary strategic and infrastructure services. Our mission is to help companies grow and achieve long-term viability.
Escalate Solutions will be a vital resource to entrepreneurs, leaders and organizations. We will continuously influence and advocate for the business community with guidance and tactics centered upon the four Pillars of Strategy – Planning, Alignment, Implementation and Optimization.
Escalate Solutions works exclusively with companies and business owners that recognize the combined importance of innovation, creativity, deliberate growth, culture, values, community impact and ethics as the cornerstones of their mission.
Escalate Solutions is a team of difference makers. We serve as an example to our community and client base by promoting a people-centric business culture, and emphasizing the importance of corporate citizenship, philanthropy and community involvement.
Escalate Solutions offers a groundbreaking, multi-functional approach to growth strategy. We are inspired by clients who share our commitment to pioneering services, products, tactics and methodologies.
Escalate Solutions approaches every component of our services, strategy and guidance with a commitment to balance creative, out-of-the-box thinking with realistic, analytical based recommendations.
Escalate Solutions aspires to be the reliable, third-party perspective that helps clients transform ineffective goals and failed implementation strategies into innovative and disruptive solutions for exceptional advancement.
Escalate Solutions is proud of its flexible yet deliberate approach, broad capabilities, and long-term client relationships. We measure our own success through the growth, transition and advancement of our clients.
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Utilizing Performance-Based Compensation? Dual Cost Accounting Systems May Improve Fairness & Isolation of Outcomes
I had significant response to my recent post, “The Ultimate Sucker Punch to Emerging Leaders: Expectations of Responsibility & Accountability Without the Empowerment of Authority“. The volume of interest was appropriate given that the topic simultaneously impacts individual career paths, employee morale, corporate culture and the likelihood that an entity can grow, scale and sustain.[…]
When formalizing our companies, entrepreneurs and business leaders find it easier to delegate functions and requirements where we don’t excel. We surround ourselves with those that help offset our gaps and weaknesses. As our strategies, products, and services gain traction, there are more demands on our time – as well as the resources and accessibility[…]
The Ultimate Sucker Punch to Emerging Leaders: Expectations of Responsibility & Accountability Without the Empowerment of Authority
This post is a follow-up to a recent video episode I contributed to my YouTube channel, Three Minutes to Escalate, regarding the Culture of Delegation and its importance in creating sustainable businesses. To quickly summarize the takeaway of that discussion, my assertion was that successful Delegation requires both refined leadership skillsets and corporate cultures centered on[…]
Part Two – Brand One of the subjects I am asking to address most frequently has to do with the characteristics. In this series, I take a deeper dive into the question, evaluating how expectations of leaders change as their business move through the life cycle of growth, scaling and sustaining, as well as how[…]
Every organization will like to tell you that they want to grow. Growth can be measured by a variety of measures, which means almost any organization can claim to grow in some capacity. Yet scaling and sustaining are two very different, far-more-difficult-to-achieve aims. Scaling is the point an organization reaches when additional output and revenue[…]
I repeatedly hear the phrase “Strategy is Dead” on various social media channels. I can only estimate that the individuals writing those articles don’t understand what the process of strategy entails. There are four steps to the Strategic Process: Planning, Alignment of Stakeholders, Execution/Implementation, and Refinement/Optimization. It is a mistake to equate or pair strategy[…]
Part One – Corporate Culture One of the subjects I am asking to address most frequently has to do with the characteristics. In this series, I take a deeper dive into the question, evaluating how expectations of leaders change as their business move through the life cycle of growth, scaling and sustaining, as well as[…]
Business fail primarily for two reasons (1) negative culture, and (2) an inability to control costs. This quick episode focuses on the latter. The definition of scaling is “achieving increases in revenues without corresponding increases in costs”. I briefly discuss differences in growth and scaling for product-based (often mass production operations) and serviced-based organizations (where[…]
Escalating leaders are engaged in strategic conversations everyday. Difference makers know that asking the right questions is often more valuable than walking into the room with all the answers. As CEO of Escalate Solutions, I also fill roles as facilitator, moderator, guest lecture, board member and interim co-suite contributor. I remind myself the importance of[…]
This is admittedly WELL BEYOND the Three Minute parameters that I set for my base discussion content, but many of my colleagues and friends that reviewed my “beta” suggested that I add a “background” episode (even if lengthy) that viewers and subscribers could dive into that offered more insight into my personal and professional background.[…]
This YouTube channel features Escalate Solutions’ “Three Minutes to Escalate” series, the best online resource for concise, value-added content to help organizations escalate, grow, scale and sustain. My name is Kimberly Arnold, and I am the founder and CEO of Escalate. I am, a three-time business owner and sought-after board member Kimberly Arnold. My firm[…]
My mission as the CEO of Escalate Solutions is to be an indispensable resource to leaders, entrepreneurs and businesses as they work to achieve long-term viability. I am thrilled to announce I am on the cusp of launching “Three Minutes to Escalate”, a pending video series that will offer concise, value-added content specific to growing,[…]
If you have read my published content or heard my lectures, you already know that I view every business opportunity and challenge through the lens of Escalate Solutions’ Four Pillars of Strategy (Planning, Alignment of Stakeholders, Execution and Optimization). This holds true with critical decisions involving Incentive Compensation and related performance motivators. Incentivizing performance in the[…]
In the Age of Big Data, Analytics, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Strategy Still Reigns Supreme
As a strategic advisor, I am often asked to guide clients and audiences along the path to define, clarify and/or redefine mission, vision and value proposition. The why. The reason they exist. It is an understatement to say that the conversations are inherently intricate, arduous and eye-opening, even for the most sophisticated managers. Achieving such a[…]
The Art of Leadership Delegation: Balancing Process Checklists and Cultural Environments that Promote Trust
Last week, I had the honor of guest lecturing at the Center for Entrepreneurship for the College of Business within one of our regional universities. The course/content was dedicated to Management and Operational Consulting, and I was asked to address the students about my experiences as a strategic advisor. A number of the individuals in[…]
The DNA of Entrepreneurial Leadership: Changing Expectations as Organizations Shift from Growth to Sustainability
One of the topics that I am asked to advise or lecture on the most frequently relates to distinctive facets of “Entrepreneurial Growth and Marketing“. Throughout the past few years, there has been a dynamic and noteworthy uptick in the demand from my clients and audiences to compare expanded characteristics and traits of founders /[…]
I saw a statistic recently that my home state of Colorado registered 117,648 new businesses in 2017 – a 7% YOY increase. And that is in a state with just over 5 million residents. Those numbers reinforced our mission and vision at Escalate Solutions, as we continously work to help organizations make the coveted leap[…]
If it feels that I have been conspicuously absent in recent months…you are not imaging things. And, unfortunately, it was for a very legitimate reason. My sincerest apologies to you if I have been out of touch. In late 2016, I was involved in a car accident that turned out to be much more serious[…]
WILL YOU BE A DISRUPTOR? OR THE DISRUPTED? GROWTH STRATEGY & LEADERSHIP IN A RAPIDLY EVOLVING GLOBAL ENVIRONMENT
I would assert that every entity in today’s dynamic marketplace can be categorized in one of two ways: Those that are proactively developing disruptive products and solutions, and those that will be forced to react to them. Technology is evolving at such a rapid pace that many organizations are struggling to respond. At a minimum,[…]
Approximately 1/3 of the US can be described as freelance workers or independent contractors. These individuals, who have derived their nickname from the IRS form used to track their compensation, are typically engaged on a temporary assignment or contracting simultaneously with multiple entities. I know, because I am (intentionally) one of them. I research and[…]
STRATEGY IS NOT LIMITED TO PLANNING.
Leaders of companies aiming to be "long-term viable" must understand the complex and comprehensive process of growth, scaling and sustaining.
Myopic, narrow-minded managers bring ZERO value to today's global business ecosystem. Growing, scaling and sustaining entities are distinguished by visionary, cross-disciplined leadership that can equally prioritize strategy, execution, data-based decision-making and corporate culture. Escalate Solutions exists to help c-suite executives and their organizations achieve this critical balance.
Formulate and Document Objectives, Priorities & Strategic Initiatives
Alignment of Stakeholders
Permeate the Entire Organization with the Mission
IMPLEMENTATION & EXECUTION
Translate Vision into Measureable Actions
REFINEMENT & OPTIMIZATION
Plan, Test, Monitor, Measure, Analyze, Discover, Refine, Pivot, Repeat