The change of seasons is upon us and the life-cycle of the tomato plants at the farm center has me thinking about life-cycles in general. I have been doing some reading lately about the life-cycles of organizations. I found this great GIF on the web that illustrates the challenges faced by maturing organizations.
The real question I have is where are we on this curve? I suspect that we are reaching maturity, which in and of itself is not problematic if addressed properly. The key to success in the future will be actually tracking where we are on this curve and crafting a strategy to move forward.
There is a great deal being written recently in various publications about the topic of Design Thinking. Roger Martin has a great book that is a quick read: http://www.amazon.ca/Design-Business-Thinking-Competitive-Advantage/dp/1422177807
The book is a good primer on the subject and one that I would recommend. We will all soon be involved in the planning of the College’s future. New research around ideas like Design Thinking will help us to answer the tough questions as we move forward and allow Hampshire to once again become disruptive in the marketplace.