Hi there, I’m Jenny Stilwell
I help the CEOs of small and medium sized companies who are feeling weighed down by the pressure of managing increasingly complex and demanding businesses, to take back control of their business and their life.
I know from having been in your position that you want clear strategies that help you get clarity about what’s really going on in your business, and clarity about the direction to take it.
The purpose of this blog is to provide you with both strategic and operational information, tools and how-to quick references when you need them. It’s been created specifically for you, with a focus on Business Growth Strategies, Management, Marketing Strategies, and CEO Thinking to help shift you from the day to day to the bigger picture
My Top Posts
If you are new to my site, you might want to start with my most popular posts. Here are my top three in each category:
Business Growth Strategies
- Start Creating Your Strategic Growth Blueprint
- 7 Strategic Planning Essentials
- Stay Relevant – Adapt and Reinvent Your Offer
Managing a Business
- Cull Your Client Base in Order to Grow
- Focus on Being Better
- Take the Test: How Well Do You Recruit & Manage Your Team?
- Checklist for Creating Wining Proposals
- 5 Planning Essentials for Overhauling Your Website
- The Role of CEO as Marketer
- 7 Ways to Get Better Results This Year
- Strategies for Building Your Business
- Self-Managing is Job One
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Having been the CEO of companies owned by other people, as well as my own companies, I know from experience how important it is to take a strategic (as opposed to ad hoc) approach to growth. I also know that as companies grow so does the complexity inside them, which can take your focus away from growth and strategy and tether you in day to day problem solving.
At one point in my career I took the helm as CEO of a public company which had grown in an ad hoc way into a business with very little structure.
I inherited eighteen direct reports across three countries with multiple offices and over one hundred staff. Not very big, but large enough for the company’s operations to have become very complex, and there were challenges with product quality, or customers or service delivery that I had to deal with almost every day.
It was exhausting, frustrating and very unfulfilling – and it consumed my entire life, literally. Long days, late nights, lots of travel and weekend meetings.
The founders were completely against me changing anything to do with people or structure.
Once they were bought out of the company, it left me free to do what had to be done. My priority was to put the right structure and the right people in place to reduce the operational load on me, develop strategies to make the company operate more efficiently again, prepare for a new stage of growth and assemble a capable team to execute and deliver.
The achievements I was able to make with my team in turning around the business resulted in being promoted from CEO to Managing Director by the Board. Business was better, I was less stressed and life was definitely better.
The key to controlling your business rather than it controlling you is the right strategy, the right structure and the right people in the right roles.
I truly believe that the sole purpose of building a business needs to be a better life in all ways for yourself and the people you love, as well as the clients you serve. My goal is simply to help business owners feeling under pressure, to create better strategies that will put you back in control of your business growth with less stress and better results.
For almost 20 years Jenny Stilwell has made a career of running both her own and others’ businesses. She is a specialist in creating the right structure and strategy for business growth, and founded her mentoring consultancy in 2002 to provide advice for CEOs of small and medium sized companies on the right structure and strategy for business growth.
Prior to that Jenny was one of few females in Australia at the time to head up a publicly listed company.
She has two Bachelor Degrees from the University of Melbourne, is a Certified NLP Practitioner, has been a Finalist in the Telstra Business Women’s Awards, has been interviewed for Qantas Business Radio twice, and published in numerous business magazines. Jenny was also profiled with other businesspeople including Lindsay Fox, David Smorgon and Michael Gerber in the book “Great Aussie Success Stories”.
She is also a Graduate of the Australian Institute of Company Directors.
Jenny’s unusual combination of corporate credentials at a senior executive and CEO level, combined with her experience in setting up and growing two professional consultancy practices of her own, make her extremely well qualified to talk and write about managing business growth.