Have you ever noticed that there are times in which organizations and companies end up killing themselves by trying to stay alive? The individuals in leadership and/or those who are a part of the organization work so hard at maintaining what is established that they fail to see a need for a new direction. Those same individuals put a lot of energy into continual use of the structure and techniques that they have always used. They are so concerned about keeping the organization or company alive in the same way it has existed previously that they are killing it.
There are good arguments for using tested methods and approaches to keep an organization or company alive. Those methods and approaches have been used and found to have success. Almost everyone knows how to use them and many have become very proficient in executing them. There is a level of comfort in knowing what to do and what expectations can be achieved when you do it. After all, many of these perspectives and techniques worked effectively for those who have gone before us so there is no reason to believe that they will not be effective today.
In addition to the killing effect of using the methods and approaches of our past, the other killing behavior tends to be failure to risk resources. What I mean by that is that when an organization or company is facing a downturn in success, they often tighten the belt. They hold tighter to their money and other resources in an attempt to conserve and to wait out this down time. The problem with this behavior is that it stifles creativity and taking risks with anything new. So since there is not an inventive component being supported with resources, there is only a maintenance mode of operation instead of a growth mode of operation.
Jesus told his followers, “For whoever wants to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for me will find it.” (Matthew 16:25, NIV). I think we could learn a lot from Jesus’ statement. Companies and organizations must be willing to risk it all, even the life of their existence, in order to grow and to gain even more life. Every generation sees change, some at a more rapid pace than others, but it is how we lead into the future that will make the difference. While some level of moderation must be maintained, risk must be taken and resources committed if the organization or company is going to live on.