I’m Mark Scrimenti, a Fractional COO and EOS Integrator, as well as the Founder and Principal of Vivid Path Growth Consulting. My blog, “The Integrator’s Workshop,” focuses on exploring concepts, practices, and tools related to growing startups and small-to-middle market businesses from one level to the next from an operational and strategic standpoint.
As I tend to think holistically and in terms of systems, I define operations broadly to include everything from product strategy and engineering to sales and marketing, customer service, human resources, and all the various functions in between.
In other words, I see a business as a kind of organism. As such, operations is everything involved in making that organism function in a healthy way and grow to its optimal size through effective management, great customer experience, and the self-sustaining feedback loop of profitability.
I also have a special passion for social enterprises–mission-driven, for-profit businesses whose purpose is to make the world a better place in some discrete, significant way. So, in addition to exploring how to make businesses grow, we’ll look at some of the creative ways for-profit enterprises around the world are making a positive social impact.
Why social enterprise? Because we all desire meaningful work, and, in a world full of daunting systemic problems and great unmet human needs, I believe businesses have a crucial role to play in driving change for good. To put it succinctly, I’ll end this first blog post with an apt metaphor from Old Sage Drucker, though I’ll try not to make a habit out of it:
Profit for a company is like oxygen for a person. If you don’t have enough of it, you’re out of the game. But if you think your life is about breathing, you’re really missing something.”Peter Drucker
Looking forward to going deeper with you on all these subjects and building a dynamic dialog from here on.