Stages in Organizational Development: The Fourth Stage: The Mature Organization
We have been comparing the stages in organizational growth to human growth. This month we will talk about the fourth of five stages: the mature organization.
Mature organizations like mature people may think that they have all the benefits of age: perspective, experience, and an enviable record of support and program delivery. But, maybe, just maybe, they are fooling themselves. Like younger organizations, they need to question themselves. Have they just become lazy; are they just doing the same old same old; or are they truly keeping up with change and making sure that what they are doing today is what the community needs?
Lets look at the possible strengths and weaknesses of mature organizations.
Jeanne Bradner can be reached at Jeannebrad@aol.com.
See our online bookstore for Jeanne Bradner's book on boards: The Board Members Guide: A Beneficial Bestiary, Leading Volunteers for Results: Building Communities Today and Passionate Volunteerism.
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