You may or may not have heard the term “maturity model” before, but it is gaining momentum and I would say that before too long, if you are in a senior management role of any kind, you will probably come in contact with the phrase. Its a good thing. Anything that helps you think differently about your organization is a good thing. And if you can learn to see artifacts of mature organizations, model it and compare your organization to it, then you have a pretty useful tool.
The Capability Maturity Model, or CMM, is probably the first and most well-known. They have even built a People Capability Maturity Model, which I have used and found very helpful when looking at human capital frameworks.
But here is the best that I have seen yet. (Yes, it’s a joke).