One question that I have been asked many times is “how to ensure that an organisation always grows?”
Every organisation is plagued with this question, it seems. Growth has become a struggle… How can this be a question?? It surely can’t be right.
Everything in Life is in a perpetual phase of growth. There can be growth inhibiting factors, but to overcome those and grow is the most natural phenomena.
- Have we grown Complacent? A sense of entitlement sets in and we wish to take things easy. We are tired of carrying on with the struggle to fight strife and friction. We want a sabbatical. We want to retire and enjoy. There are times when fatigue sets in. This can be the possible chatter of the mind. Deal with it, and you’ll grow.
- We have no one to prove our worth to. All our life, we are used to competing and proving to others. When either few people are left or we have defeated most, then what more to do? I remember the joke where when the priest asked all gathered to forgive those who they hated. One old lady did not close her eyes and remained cheerful. The priest looked at her and smiled and spoke “here is the old wise lady who has forgiven everyone that now she doesn’t need to forgive anyone at all!” To this the old lady replied in her broken tone… “well there is no one left to forgive… I have outlived all those idiots.”
- The intent of the Founders – whether to grow and evolve or to survive? When Founders are busy fighting fires and handling crisis, survival mode kicks in. Once fear of survival sets in, innovation and exploration become last priority. Soon financial conditions become a concern and even growth is planned compulsively… As if to survive.