Insightful thinking Lorenn Ruster!
The institutional amygdala is alive and well in mature organisations as well as in start-ups.
Often start-up employees can recall what life was like before ‘start-up’. With some determination, start-up employees can recapture their early passion and enthusiasm to make a difference.
An issue for mature organisations is that it can be more difficult for generations of employees who may not have been around at inception, to overcome entrenched and embedded emotions, survival instincts, and memories to recapture the organisation’s early sense of purposeful contribution and ambition.