I think there is value in unstructured growth. (I wrote about that HERE) As the organization grows, additions in structure have to be added. We are currently experiencing that at Grace Community Church. (I’ve written more about it HERE.) Adding structure, however, can be a painful and disruptive process if not handled carefully.
Here are 5 thoughts I have about adding structure to an existing organization:
The change should make sense with the organizational make-up and DNA - We have to be careful altering something in a way that disrupts the fiber, core, or root foundation of the organization.
The structure added should not impede progress - Structure should further enable the completion of the vision, not detract from it.
It should accommodate or encourage continued growth – Structure should not curtail growth. It’s purpose should be to help the organization continue to grow.
Hit the center of acceptance – Not everyone will agree with any change, but if the structure is universally opposed then it may need to be considered more closely before being implemented. (Read about how different our staff is HERE.)
Make sure everyone understands the why - People are more likely to accept structure when they can identify the value to them and their area of responsibility, but at least the value to the overall organization.
Have you ever had to add structure to an existing organization?
How did you do it?
What would you add to my list?