Organizational Life Cycles

I first saw this grid at a CMA conference some time back and have shared it throughout the years. While there are certainly other charts and graphs available, I have discovered the simplicity of this one in regard to Leadership more applicable. I have also found it to be very stimulating for new and old business leaders alike. They often start evaluating where they are on the grid and start thinking of strategies to get them to where they want to be. See where you are in relation to the “sweet spot”. What will it take to get you there?

Organizational Life Cycle grid

Note of interest: For as big a company as Microsoft is, they have done a fairly good job of allowing their business units enough freedom to be managed like fast growth companies. As a result, corporately, they revolve around the sweet spot which is indeed a challenge for most other companies of that size.


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