The Faithful Pacesetters

Learning leadership from those who led in the Bible

When Do We Need To Reorganize?

Bible Reference: The Tower of Babel

Then they said, “Come let us build ourselves a city, with a tower that reaches to the heavens, so that we may make a name for ourselves and not be scattered over the face of the whole earth.” Genesis 11:4

At this point in time everyone spoke the same language, a great number of people who needed to be re-organized before they did a harmful act.

Can this happen in our organizations and what constitutes a need for a re-organization?

Shake Up

God realized that he needed to shake things up. The Lord said, “If as one people speaking the same language they have begun to do this, then nothing they plan to do will be impossible.” Genesis 11:6

The people of Babel had the wrong motives and wanted to make a name for themselves instead of lifting God up. Maybe God feared what they would try to do next if he permitted the building of the tower?

There can be other reasons for shake ups. Maybe people aren’t competent; maybe there is infighting, or possibly they’re not meeting sales quotas.

Growth and Decline

Under the proper conditions organizations can grow very quickly. During this pursuit for growth the structure of the organization can be stressed, and a need for re-organization becomes evident to better fit the adjusted size.

Contrarily, organizations are occasionally challenged with declines in overall activity. More often than not, organizations don’t reorganize quick enough in these situations, resulting in performance results that are less than satisfactory.

In the case of Babel, God decided to confuse the people’s language so they would not understand each other anymore, which ended the building of the tower of Babel. Similarly, sometimes reorganization in our businesses needs to happen to change the direction and focus of our company.


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