An insightful and practical toolkit for managing organizational growth
Growing Pains is the definitive guide to the life cycle of an organization, and the optimization strategies that make the organization stronger. Whether growth is rapid, slow, or not occurring at all, this book provides a host of solid tools and recommendations for putting everything in order. Now in its fifth edition, this invaluable guide has been fully updated to reflect the current economic climate, and includes new case studies and chapters discussing nonprofit life cycle tools, leadership challenges and the "leadership molecule", and real-world applications of the frameworks presented. The latest empirical research is presented in the context of these ideas, including new data on strategic organizational development. Mini-cases that illustrate growth management issues have been added throughout, with additional coverage of international entrepreneurship and companies that provide a frame of reference for the perspective being developed.
Growing pains are normal, and a valuable indicator of organizational health, but they indicate the need for new systems, processes, and structure to support the organization's size. This book provides a practical framework for managing the process, applicable to organizations of all sizes.
- Understand the key stages of growth and the challenges of each
- Measure your organization's growing pains and development
- Deploy new tools that facilitate positive organizational development
- Make the necessary transitions required to ensure sustainable success
Some companies, even after brilliant beginnings, lose their way as growth throws them for a loop. Growing Pains identifies the underlying factors that promote long term success, and gives you a framework for successfully managing the transitions of growth.
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About the Author
ERIC G. FLAMHOLTZ is president and cofounder of Management Systems Consulting Corporation. He teaches in various Executive Education programs at UCLA's Anderson School of Management, where he is Professor Emeritus. He also teaches Executive Education programs for various universities in China.
YVONNE RANDLE is executive vice president and co-owner of Management Systems Consulting Corporation, where she has been a consultant since 1983. She also lectures at UCLA's Anderson School of Management in various Executive Education programs.
Table of Contents
PART I A Framework for Developing Successful Organizations 1
CHAPTER 1 Transitions Required to Build Sustainably Successful Organizations® 5
CHAPTER 2 Building Sustainably Successful Organizations®: The Pyramid of Organizational Development 25
CHAPTER 3 Identifying and Surviving the First Four Stages of Organizational Growth 47
CHAPTER 4 Managing the Advanced Stages of Growth 71
CHAPTER 5 Recognizing Growing Pains and Assessing the Need for Change 93
PART II Mastering the Tools for Building Sustainably Successful Organizations® 113
CHAPTER 6 Strategic Planning 117
CHAPTER 7 Organizational Structure 159
CHAPTER 8 Organizational Control and Performance Management Systems 185
CHAPTER 9 Management and Leadership Development 215
CHAPTER 10 Corporate Culture Management 243
PART III Special Aspects of Organizational Transitions in Growing and Changing Enterprises 275
CHAPTER 11 Building Sustainably Successful Nonprofits 277
CHAPTER 12 The Challenge of Leadership Throughout the Organizational Life Cycle 305
CHAPTER 13 Building Sustainably Successful Organizations®: The Frameworks, Tools, and Methods in Action 331
About the Authors 363
What People are Saying About This
"This book provides a proven framework and a practical approach for dealing with what matters most for the success of any growing organization. I found it comprehensive and compelling."Madhavan Nayar, founder and company leader, Infogix
“Although we already had a culture of pursuing continuous improvement, we lacked a framework for planning to restructure Pardee Homes to take advantage of our talented people, resources, and systems to expand our business into new markets. Utilizing ‘the pyramid’ we have developed a disciplined approach to truly strategic planning (and planning for contingencies), excellence in execution and objective measurement of goals and objectives in every department and in every division.”Michael McGee, CEO, Pardee Homes
“Growing Pains documents the proven system utilized by Flamholtz and Randle to guide numerous companies through the start-up phases to national-level growth. This is not a book of academic platitudes or untested abstractions, but is a practical guide book based on hands-on experiences and demonstrable successes. Because Flamholtz and Randle have developed their perspectives from having worked closely with many companies and management teams, their judgments are solid and their principles can be followed with confidence.”
Henry Cisneros, executive chairman, CityView
“I have had the great fortune to personally witness a multitude of small business owners and nonprofit executives successfully apply the principles taught in this book to transition their organizations toward enduring success. The concepts in this book provide the critical tools and knowledge for any entrepreneur to channel their passion into a concrete strategy that enables them to take their business to the next level. Flamholtz and Randle’s Growing Pains is worth the investment of the most precious of our commoditiestime and intellectual energy!”Helen Han, CEO, National Association of Women Business Owners-LA