3 responses to “What’s a "Mature" Organization?”

  1. I confess I have used the term “mature organization” largely in a negative way. I always qualify my use of the term with the following explanation: a mature organization is one that has reached the place where the belief that maintaining the organization is equivalent to achieving the mission of the organization. From industry to religious denominations, when the focus moves from the pursuit of mission to the pursuit of maintenance, the organization has (in my view) become mature. Put another way, the mature organization says “we have succeeded because were are”.
    The counter to this, then, is “immaturity”, defined as focus on mission and the inevitable (often significant) changes to the organization (physical, intellectual and cultural) that follow. The immature organism is unafraid of change (in fact accepts it as the joyful {and unavoidable} necessity of growth). The immature organism is likely unaware of what it will be “when it grows up”. This gives incredible freedom to dream, envision, experiment and grow.
    Admittedly this is largely a discussion of language, but for what it’s worth, that’s my thought.

  2. In my opinion a “mature organization” is one that is constantly evolving and learning from past decisions. One that is not afraid to admit when they have made a mistake, and welcomes alternative approaches and ideas. A mature organization is one that solicits and values input from its employees, regardless of their rank or title.

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