Whether for-profit or not-for-profit, service or manufacturing, well-funded or boot-strapped, irrespective of geographical location or the brilliance (or otherwise) of the founders and managers, all organizations pass through specific, clearly defined phases of growth.
These phases have names, characters, distinguishing features. Each phase is very different from the other, and yet the transition from one phase to another can sometimes be so gentle as to be undetectable.
Alternatively, on occasions the transition from one phase to another can be traumatic, even fatal for the organization.
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