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Chapter 11. Organizations: Achieve Best Fit > Different Kinds of People

Different Kinds of People

There are basically two types of organizations—stable and borderless—just as there are basically two types of people—Fords and Ferraris. Both people and organizations can be in transition from one state to the other. Just as transitional organizations try to transform themselves from stable to borderless organizations, people try to change from Fords to Ferraris. The transitional state in both people and organizations is always difficult because major transformation always involves core change.

There are significant differences in the percentage of Fords, transitional people, and Ferraris in different cohorts. A cohort is a 10-year age span (e.g., 20 to 29-year-olds). Within the age group of 50 to 59, perhaps 80 percent are Fords, 15 percent are transitional, and 5 percent are Ferraris. Among the 20 to 29-year-olds, perhaps 60 percent are Fords, 20 percent are transitional, and 20 percent are Ferraris. The percentage of people in the three groups will vary by age and industry.


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