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

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This is not a book about one thing. It's not a 250-page dissertation on leadership, teams or motivation. Instead, it's an agenda for building organizations that can flourish in a world of diminished hopes, relentless change and ferocious competition.

This is not a book about doing better. It's not a manual for people who want to tinker at the margins. Instead, it's an impassioned plea to reinvent management as we know it—to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about capitalism, organizational life, and the meaning of work.

Leaders today confront a world where the unprecedented is the norm. Wherever one looks, one sees the exceptional and the extraordinary:Business newspapers decrying the state of capitalism.Once-innovative companies struggling to save off senescence.Next gen employees shunning blue chips for social start-ups.Corporate miscreants getting pilloried in the blogosphere.Entry barriers tumbling in what were once oligopolistic strongholds.Hundred year-old business models being rendered irrelevant overnight.Newbie organizations crowdsourcing their most creative work.National governments lurching towards bankruptcy.Investors angrily confronting greedy CEOs and complacent boards.Newly omnipotent customers eagerly wielding their power.Social media dramatically transforming the way human beings connect, learn and collaborate.

Obviously, there are lots of things that matter now. But in a world of fractured certainties and battered trust, some things matter more than others. While the challenges facing organizations are limitless; leadership bandwidth isn't. That's why you have to be clear about what really matters now. What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead? Hamel identifies five issues are that are paramount: values, innovation, adaptability, passion and ideology. In doing so he presents an essential agenda for leaders everywhere who are eager to...move from defense to offensereverse the tide of commoditizationdefeat bureaucracyastonish their customersfoster extraordinary contributioncapture the moral high groundoutrun changebuild a company that's truly fit for the future

Concise and to the point, the book will inspire you to rethink your business, your company and how you lead.


About Gary Hamel

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Noted business thinker and strategist Gary Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for nearly thirty years. He is the founder of the California-based think-tank The Management Lab. His most recent initiative is The Management Innovation eXchange (www.managementexchange.com), a pioneering effort aimed at reinventing management by harnessing the power of open innovation. Hamel is the author of five books and numerous articles for the Harvard Business Review as well as the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, and the Financial Times. He consults widely and has led change initiatives in some of the world's most prominent companies.
Published January 4, 2012 by Jossey-Bass. 309 pages
Genres: Business & Economics. Non-fiction

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Dallas News

Ask people you know and those you don’t the right questions: “What’s your best job search tip?” “What was your first job, and do you think it was a good choice?” “What didn’t school teach you about the work world?” “What’s your opinion of the recent college grads your company hired?” The answers ...

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Management Today

The answer, surely, is the dogma of shareholder value (under which, ironically, innovation and shareholders have done worse and managers much better), which needs to be jettisoned along with so much other baggage before the 'management moonshots', or overarching ambitions, of the last chapter can...

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Now available as a Soundview Executive Book Summary, Hamel’s latest book, What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation, helps any executive set a powerful new agenda for the future of his or her business.

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