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The Adizes Corporate Lifecycle: The Fall

Monopolies and governmet agencies that are quarantined from competitive pressure and provide a large employment base, often live long and very expensive artificially prolonged lives. Unlike the transitions in growing companies that are dramatic and obvious, the slide into deeper aging is more of a continuous process of gradual decay.

How well management leads a healthy transition from one stage to the next, has an impact on the success or failure of the organization. When the peripatetic leader makes their next appearance, the accusations and frustrations begin anew. Everyone claims inadequate information, lack of authority, and feels they are the victims of decisions made by other people.

With this success, everyone quickly forgets about the trials and tribulations of Infancy. Fueled by their initial success, Go-Go’s feel that they can succeed at almost anything that comes their way. Corporations, like living organisms, experience predictable patterns of behavior as they grow and develop. However, the life-cycle stages that Ichak Adizes describes in his model provide a useful basis for understanding a fundamental perspective of organisational change, and the principle that organisational ageing is inevitable.

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The effects of the steady decline in flexibility, which began in Prime, start to become more obvious avizes Aristocracy. Each sale ljfecycles a special event and everything is action-oriented. The best information is often word-of-mouth. Order and predictability prevail. They become critically important insiders and trusted confidants. Each day brings unique situations which require creativity and the ability to make decisions quickly.


Strategically important tasks that are not urgent often get deferred to pursue the latest “hot” new project. Leading an organization through lifecycle transitions is not easy, or obvious.

During adolescence, the company suffers a temporary loss of vision due to conflicting attitudes. When delegation is successful, the Founder and the management team can tackle decentralization, which is a much more challenging transition that involves transferring the responsibility for strategic decision-making from the Founder to other key managers.

Corporaet opportunity uncovered in the marketplace must be pursued. Most of the issues you face are common to all organizations. Amazon Advertising Find, attract, and engage customers. In the Family Trap, leadership is determined on the basis of ownership and adizrs, rather than competence and experience.

Later in Adolescence it often turns out that people promoted into senior management positions during Go-Go do aizes have the skills and experience needed to succeed in that position.

Ichak Adizes, the lifecycle of a corporation can be broken down into 10 unique stages. They all started small with no more than a few people, and then grew. Instead of striving to do more and more, complacency is common at this point in the lifecycle. Working in the company begins to feel like belonging to an exclusive country club. In the beginning of this process, Founders are often as incompetent at delegating, as their subordinates appear to be at making decisions.

The Founder announces, “We need to get organized. Death occurs dorporate no one remains committed to croporate the organization.

When people begin to age, the initial signs aren’t apparent in their actions or bodies. What happens when they return? Seemingly, when practicing the ‘methodology’, Adizes’ associates implement one or more of the 11 phases summarized below.


It is at the top of its lifecycle curve, but it has expended nearly all of the “developmental momentum” it amassed during its growing stages.

Adizes’ Corporate Lifecycle

Go-Go The business is making money consistently and growing rapidly. No consistent human resources management. Some Founders view these screw-ups as further evidence that “if I want something done right, I have to do it myself”.

Changes in leadership and management are required because methods that produce success in one stage can create failure in subsequent stages.

Leadership Styles and Organisational Culture Wikipedia: However, these same people find discussions about introducing controls, discipline, and structure to be both threatening and alien to them. Free Strategy Addizes Resources See the full list of Strategy Skills eBooks, templates and checklists available for free download right now.

Instead, they make-do by enhancing or patching what is already in place.

Adizes Corporate Lifecycle

They have so many irons in the fire they cannot give the necessary attention to each one. Go Back to the Lifecycles Page The Fall is positioned at the top aeizes the Lifecycle curve, but it is not the place to be.

In fact, the opposite is true. It is never easy corporste sustain success, but understanding how the lifecycle works can help you to watch out for risks and hazards to your organization as it moves from one stage to the next.

Key customers are raving abut the products and ordering more.

Premature Aging Unfulfilled Entrepreneur. A Major Adzes Happens. In the rush to close the deal, agreements are sometimes signed before the company really understands if it can do the work.