A tree once spoke to me about the similarities that they have with growing a business.
Of course first of all you need sufficient energy to ensure initial growth, in a business this is sales.
Then you need to develop a strong foundation from which to create fast growth.
You need to understand that your leaves, your customers and employees, can come and go, but that whilst they are attached to you, it is your responsibility to support them as best they can. As they thrive they also give back to your business. Departing leaves need to be replaced with new ones.
Of course a tree can have thousands of leaves, so to ensure that a tree can remain serene and calm, it has automated systems to take care of its functions and responsibilities, just like a business should.
The trees bark protects it against outside invaders and attacks. Similarly, a business needs to review where it needs to protect itself from possible external attacks.