To Get There, Lose What Got You Here

To Get There, Lose What Got You Here


Safety maintains status quo

The current scope and size of your business reflects your past risk appetite. Staying in safety means betting the same horse in spite of changing circumstances. Entrepreneurship is in essence ‘forced induction’ growth that is contrary to the preservation and maintenance principles of safety.

Sub-division drives procreation

The net value of your business is ideas converted to bankable projects, which mature to ventures that become stand-alone corporations. The potential sub-division reward far outweighs both the risk of doing it and not doing it at all.

The launch platform is a start

Where you started is irrelevant to where you will finish. In space missions, the rocket boosters provide 70% of the power needed to lift-off the launch pad, but main engines then provide the orbit power requirements.

Founding ideas and business concepts boost your lift-off; transcending to orbit stage in your business requires that you assume the proverbial ‘separation interchange risks’ akin to space launch systems.

Related: Taking the Risk Out of Risky Business

Lizwe Nkala
Lizwe Nkala is an influential corporate strategist working at executive and board levels of large corporations. He is the MD of Flamingo Moon Consulting and a founding partner of the Strategic Thinking Institute, where he coaches executives and presents tailored strategic thinking seminars and webinars, and provides strategic thinking tools and templates on a subscription basis for corporate clients. For more, visit