Organizations almost always progress through five more-or-less well-defined evolutionary growth stages:
The Five Stages of Organization
The five stages of organization are defined by key characteristics, operating agenda, economics, and key concerns as summarized below.
A new organization starts out as an idea, or Concept. A bona fide Concept requires at least a rough outline of:
- What problem the organization is to solve for whom and how.
- Some seed money to cover the cost of getting off the ground.
- A Core Leadership Team that will bring the concept to reality.