The Future of Management a book by Gary
Hamel and Bill Breen offers a glimpse of
possible scenarios that may provide competitive
advantages in business, in academia, and even
in more regulated situations (institutes, agencies,
Hamel and Breen build a case that the “time is
ripe” for innovations in how people organize,
prioritize, motivate and reward themselves– in
a word management.
A few take-aways for me from their paradigm
highlight: [an interesting critique blog is linked.]
Experimentation beats planning. What will
happen in the future is that it will be surprising.
To be resilient, will depend largely on the extent
to which an organization proactively invests in
exploring alternatives to the status quo, by
experimenting… with disruptive technologies,
with going to market, attracting new customers,
etc., using lightly scripted trials rather than
reacting to pressing issues.
All mutations are mistakes; treat mistakes
as learning opportunities and chances to explore
new space and new ground with eyes wide
Give all new ideas equal chance and equal
consideration no matter where the source.
The broader the range of possibilities, the
better the chance for longer lasting
Use the wisdom of the crowds, “crowd-
sourcing”, as markets are more dynamic
Leaders are accountable to the governed.
The more accountability, the more resilient.
Everyone has the right to disagree. Encourage
dissent to allow alternatives to be considered.
Having alternatives engenders flexibility.
Leadership is distributed. Develop a
style where success depends on less than
perfect decisions and leaders.
What higher purpose does your
The organization’s mission matters to obtain
People change for what they care.
Ask: What difference do we make in
people’s life. Amplify human imagination.