All organizations whether for profit or non profit go through predictable stages of growth. Someone had a vision in the beginning but at some point that vision is reached and unless care is taken the organization starts to stagnate in the status quo and the impetus for forward movement starts to stall out.

But this need not be the case if senior leaders are constantly thinking about the way forward. In fact it is the job of leaders to constantly ruffle the waters of comfortability without sinking the ship. Without this commitment to keep searching the horizons leaders themselves can become the barrier to forward movement in their organization. And this applies to leaders at all levels of an organization.

The way to counter stagnation is for leaders to reinvision every five years or so. In our fast moving world opportunities change and thus organizations need to learn to be nimble to meet those opportunities without compromising the values and mission of the organization.

The central questions are these:
  • What do we want our organization to look like five years from now?
  • What new opportunities do we have to fulfill our mission as we look at the changed environment around us?
  • What changes do we need to make if we are going to meet those opportunities?
  • Is there anything we are doing that is no longer mission critical and should be dropped so that we can focus on issues that have raised to greater importance?
  • If we were starting the organization today what would we do differently? And then align to the answer to that question.
  • Do we have the right people in the right seats to meet the opportunities of today? If not, how do you use your talent to maximize your impact?
Thinking through these issues is hard work but it is the work that the most innovative organizations do on a regular basis. It is worth the work because the return on mission increases significantly.

TJ Addington of Addington Consulting has a passion to help individuals and organizations maximize their impact and go to the next level of effectiveness. He can be reached at

  • Jun 22, 2016
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