Gary Hamel: The Future Happens on the Fringe

How do we move from the theory and practice of management that were invented 100 years ago to building and running organizations that are fit for the future? Gary Hamel, in this short lecture, points out that we are the first generation of managers and leaders who has had to deal with an exponential rate of change;  our companies face hypercompetition; and any knowledge advantages dissipate quickly.

How can we then build organizations that are fit for the future? Today, “for the first time since the Industrial Revolution, you cannot build a company that’s fit for the future without building one that’s fit for human beings. Hamel suggests three mindsets. Have high aspirations (see the “reverse accountability” put in place by Vineet Nayar at HCL Technologies); challenge dogma, be a contrarian; and learn from the fringe. Because “the future happens on the fringe”. And the fringe – at least of you look at it from the perspective of a Fortune 500 corporation – is the Web: the Web with its openness, meritocracy, flexibility, collaboration: the greatest operating system for innovation ever invented.

“The values that today characterize the Web, we’re going to have to bake them into our organizations.”


About these ads

2 thoughts on “Gary Hamel: The Future Happens on the Fringe

  1. Pingback: Presente & Futuro della Vita Digitale | Il Giornalaio

  2. Pingback: What to look for in your next Chief Digital Officer | Live from Planet Paola

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s