The Purpose, Strategy, and Operations Partner

for private, mid-market companies to seek profitable and sustainable growth

Alignment of Purpose, Strategy, and Operations...


Sustainable Business Model...

...requires the company to maintain an equilibrium that balances the incentives of all stakeholders...

Equilibrium = Likeliest Outcome
Balance = Informed Alignment
Incentive = Underlying Motivations
Acumes - Holistic Company - Condition A - John Oommen

Financial Architecture...

...mitigates risks to business model sustainability for a time horizon all stakeholders align on...

Positive Cash Flow
Perpetually Serviceable Debt
Limited Counterparty Risk
No Fraud / Misrepresentation Risk
Acumes - Holistic Company - Condition B - John Oommen

Sustainable Growth Demands Periodic & Intentional Maturity Improvements

Attempting linear growth using accelerating investments and undifferentiated tactics leads to stagnation and regression.

Sustainable and profitable growth is a non-linear, evolutionary path.

  • Unifying purpose that aligns the incentives of all stakeholders.
  • Single, cohesive, company-level strategy that yields the purpose.
  • Measurable and dovetailed company-wide strategic plan.
  • Transparent and predictable execution of strategic initiatives and operations.

We are your confidential, hands-on sustainable growth partner.

Acumes Framework: Management Approach. Source: The Spiral Stairway: The System To Build A Holistic Company

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Why does our method work?

Unique Mindset & Promise
We believe in the power of great companies.
We enjoy helping build great companies.
We deeply care about all company stakeholders.
We create value from expertise and proven methods.
We will constructively challenge you to evolve.
We only stay as long as we create significant value.

Ineffective Strategy

Elusive Profitability

Unsatisfied Customers

Deficient Offerings

Competitive Disadvantage

Unhappy Employees

Avoid  Challenges  From  Incongruence

Impractical Goals

Operational Chaos

Over Hiring & Layoffs

Misaligned Organization

Disappointed Investors

Strained Partners

Our Vision

The proliferation of profitable and sustainable companies focused on intrinsic value creation.

John Oommen

John is a radically transparent, future-predicting human algorithm who tenaciously works to balance the incentives of everyone around a company. His approach to business and life combines philosophy, psychology, science, and mathematics.

John is a seasoned purpose, strategy, and operations leader with over 20 years of experience working with over four dozen Fortune 100, private equity, and venture capital companies in consulting and internal roles. He is a strategic thinker who excels at creating customer value through strategy development, planning, operations design, and execution management. John has worked across a wide range of sectors including technology, business services, manufacturing, supply chain and logistics, energy and utilities, and financial services.

John's key strength is his ability to collaborate with CEOs and COOs to develop company-level strategy while enabling operations aligning with that strategy. He is a cross-functional leader who is equally comfortable working with frontline value creators as he is with executives and board members. He has built and led analytical SWAT teams and large operational teams throughout his career. He uniquely focuses on overarching sustainable outcomes and is passionate about creating holistic companies.

John holds an MBA from Northwestern's Kellogg School of Management, is an electrical engineer, and a General Electric-certified Six Sigma Black Belt. He recently authored The Spiral Stairway: The System To Build A Holistic Company, a highly actionable guide designed to aid critical-thinking CEOs, executives, supervisors, and employees in building holistic companies.

Based in Chicago, John enjoys exploring different cultures and corners of the world. He is a fitness enthusiast and a forward-thinking individual who enjoys sharing his life and career lessons through critical-thinking and forward-looking thought leadership content.


Architecting holistic companies...

I have been searching for an answer to “How must we build and manage a ‘good’ company?” for 20 years. My lessons from rolling up my sleeves and doing the gritty work at dozens of companies helped me develop my method to architect what I call holistic companies. My method is The Spiral Stairway: The System To Build A Holistic Company.

The Problem Statement: Every company has incongruence between its purpose, strategy, and operations. Incongruence is like friction; it causes value delivery challenges, capital inefficiency, and unsustainability of outcomes. Incongruence evolves with time, scale, and environment. Thus, addressing incongruence is not a one-time recalibration.

The Solution: Develop a system to intentionally minimize incongruence between who-to-serve, what-to-offer, and how-to-deliver in a manner that balances the incentives of customers, investors, employees, partners, and society. An effective company-wide system enables periodic macro-evolutions and ongoing micro-evolutions to recalibrate the company over time, scale, and environmental shifts.

The Result: Friction will never be zero. We can only minimize it. Minimizing incongruence across a company maximizes net positive value creation, capital efficiency, and sustainability of outcomes. Sustainable revenue growth and profitability follow. The converse is equally valid.

In summary, embracing system thinking to enable strong fundamentals and choosing intentional company-level evolution will reap dividends across customer value creation, investor outcomes, board and employee alignment, sustainable revenue growth, and profitability for years to come.

We have strategically & operationally evolved dozens of companies

Experience from dozens of public & private companies
Fortune 50 Public Companies
Mid-market Private Equity Companies
Growth-phase Venture Capital Companies
Early-stage Bootstrapping Start-ups
Cross-pollinating concepts & frameworks across sectors
B2B Technology / Services
Sustainability / Energy / Utilities
Financial Services
Professional Services
Manufacturing / Industrial
Supply Chain / Logistics
Transformation expertise across all business functions
Company-level Strategy Development
Strategic Planning & Alignment
Strategic Execution and Value Realization
Product Design & Operations
Sales & Marketing Operations
Customer Experience & Value Creation

Numbers  Tell  The  Story... Of  Our  Past…

Incentives,  Decisions,  And  Actions  Dictate  Measurable  Real-World  Future  Outcomes

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