What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation [NOOK Book]

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Build a company that's fit for the future and fit for human beings

"Gary Hamel delivers again. He challenges organizational orthodoxies and creates a sharp gap between what the future holds and the status quo. What Matters Now fits my definition of a true innovation: it is unique and compelling, creates advantage because it's ahead of the curve, and provides a significant value for leaders by underscoring what...

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What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation

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Overview

Build a company that's fit for the future and fit for human beings

"Gary Hamel delivers again. He challenges organizational orthodoxies and creates a sharp gap between what the future holds and the status quo. What Matters Now fits my definition of a true innovation: it is unique and compelling, creates advantage because it's ahead of the curve, and provides a significant value for leaders by underscoring what it takes to succeed in the 21st century."
Jeff M. Fettig, chairman and CEO, Whirlpool Corporation

"What Matters Now is an exciting tapas bar of a book, packed with nuggets of unconventional wisdom, tempting plates of inspiring advice, and several bracing shots of bold ideas. Gary Hamel is a legend in the world of management thinking—and this book reminds us why."
Daniel H. Pink, author, Drive and A Whole New Mind

"Gary Hamel's brilliantly written book provides a deeply insightful view of 21st century leadership. He captures its essence: building on values, innovating and adapting rapidly to changing environments, and being passionate in leading people rather than relying on traditional management techniques. Hamel focuses on humanity in leading rather than skills. If you follow his advice, you'll becomea great leader."
Bill George, former chair & CEO, Medtronic; professor, Harvard Business School; author, True North

"In What Matters Now, Gary Hamel describes the foundational principles fornext-generation management. This is an essential guide for building a post-bureaucratic company."
James Whitehurst, president and CEO, Red Hat

"If Gary Hamel has to singlehandedly drag the profession of management into the 21st century, he will. He's got the passion, the energy, and the smarts required for the job, and in What Matters Now, he provides a wealth of essential advice for management renegades everywhere."
Andrew McAfee, principal research scientist, MIT; author, Enterprise 2.0

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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781118219089
  • Publisher: Wiley, John & Sons, Incorporated
  • Publication date: 1/4/2012
  • Sold by: Barnes & Noble
  • Format: eBook
  • Edition number: 1
  • Pages: 280
  • Sales rank: 377,571
  • File size: 907 KB

Meet the Author

Gary Hamel (Silicon Valley, CA) has been called the world's “most influential business thinker” (Wall Street Journal) and “leading expert on business strategy" (Fortune). His landmark books have appeared on every management bestseller list. He is also author of 15 articles for the Harvard Business Review and articles for the WSJ, Fortune and Financial Times. He is on the faculty of the London Business School and consults with GE, Time Warner, Nokia, Nestle, Shell, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, IBM, and Microsoft. He founded the management consulting firm Strategos and the think-tank MLab. He is currently leading an effort to build an open innovation platform for reinventing management.  The Management Innovation Exchange (managementinnovationexchange.com)  has been designed to radically accelerate the evolution of management knowledge and practice.
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Table of Contents

Preface ix

SECTION 1: Values Matter Now 1

1.1 Putting First Things First 3

1.2 Learning from the Crucible of Crisis 9

1.3 Rediscovering Farmer Values 25

1.4 Renouncing Capitalism's Dangerous Conceits 29

1.5 Reclaiming the Noble 35

SECTION 2: Innovation Matters Now 39

2.1 Defending Innovation 41

2.2 Cataloging the World's Greatest Innovators 45

2.3 Inspiring Great Design 55

2.4 Turning Innovation Duffers into Pros 61

2.5 Deconstructing Apple 73

SECTION 3: Adaptability Matters Now 83

3.1 Changing How We Change 85

3.2 Becoming an Enemy of Entropy 91

3.3 Diagnosing Decline 103

3.4 Mourning Corporate Failure 111

3.5 Future-Proofing Your Company 119

SECTION 4: Passion Matters Now 135

4.1 Exposing Management’s Dirty Little Secret 137

4.2 Putting Individuals Ahead of Institutions 145

4.3 Building Communities of Passion 153

4.4 Reversing the Ratchet of Control 163

4.5 Reinventing Management for the Facebook Generation 171

SECTION 5: Ideology Matters Now 179

5.1 Challenging the Ideology of Management 181

5.2 Managing Without Hierarchy 193

5.3 Escaping the Management Tax 207

5.4 Inverting the Pyramid 233

5.5 Aiming Higher 243

Appendix: The Half Moon Bay "Renegade Brigade" 259

Notes 261

Acknowledgments 267

About the Author 269

Index 271

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Interviews & Essays

Q & A with Gary Hamel Q: This book is different than previous books you have done. Why this book – why now?
There are a variety of unprecedented changes in the business environment, change continues to accelerate, trust is shaken, and competition is fierce: there is a raft of new competitors.
Organizations are not up to challenges ahead. There are many. The right thing to do was to NOT write a book about one thing – but instead offer 5 levers – and one people’s point of view of how to work those levers.
Q: What did you find surprising in writing this book?
Maybe not surprising – but a little shocking – was that despite magnitude of challenges that organizations face, including a dismal economy, most organizations are still fiddling at the margins.
A typical business book looks at companies doing something right at the moment…or companies that screw up. In times of environmental stress and change you have to challenge not only practices but principles. You must challenge fundamental assumptions about how organizations work. Frankly, I don’t know of ANY organizations that are up to the challenges that lie ahead. This book is for people who want to get out in front; it is an agenda for people who want to lead.
Q: Who has most influenced your thinking in the past ten to fifteen years?
Kevin Kelly and his book Out of Control (it came out in 1995.) He helped us understand how social life forms on the web and how that will, and has, affected us all.
Chris Rufer, President of Morningstar, is in the book. His company has demonstrated that you can run complex organizations without any hierarchical structure. I had believed it could be true …but now know it is true.
Q: Out of every critical issue out there now for leaders/managers/workers to focus on what is the one most people should start with?
Values. Every CEO will tell you that they want to an organization that builds superior results. But is values that will get you there. Values need to be transcendental rather than venal. Look at Apple: beauty, ease of use… versus the investment banks and their short term monetary gain for a few. People are rightfully calling capitalism to account. I understand the anger people have. I laugh when a CEO says he wants a “values driven organization” because the organization already is! The question is what values are in the driver’s seat already.
Q: What do you hope readers ultimately “get” out of this book?
The responsibility of any business author is to be profound and practical. I want to read things that challenge my convention…my mental models. I also like to spend time talking with CEOs and managers. Ultimately you have to build a bridge between new ideas and the everyday realities. That is my goal.
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