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Gary Hamel

How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition and Unstoppable Innovation

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What Matters Now by Gary Hamel challenges traditional management practices and argues for a new approach that empowers employees, fosters innovation, and drives success in the 21st century.

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    In our modern, technological world, leadership and power come with great responsibility.

    Recent decades have witnessed great change, but such change has also raised the stakes. In our rapidly moving, globalized world, leaders have far more power and responsibility than ever before.

    And a lot more to answer for if something goes wrong.

    Global leaders must be conscious of the impact their decisions have. One bad decision could lead to a compromised food product, for example. Yet where once such a slip-up might have just affected a small town, today the health of hundreds of thousands of people could be at risk.

    Many leaders are already grappling with how an interconnected, international economic system can amplify the fallout from a decision. Sometimes it’s necessary to pay up to contain a mistake before it spirals out of control.

    In 2011, for example, French and German banks moved to bail out the financial systems of Portugal, Ireland, Greece and Spain spending almost $900 billion in an attempt to maintain the euro’s stability and prevent an even larger currency crisis.

    Think about today’s global leaders. Do you trust them to keep small mistakes from turning into global catastrophes?

    The internet and other new technologies have become effective tools to drive a global sense of consciousness and, importantly, keep world leaders in check. Injustices are harder to sweep under the rug; news stories travel around the world in the blink of an eye. As a result, the pressure to create change and increase social responsibility is far greater.

    In 2008, Coca-Cola came under fire for using unsustainable methods to extract water from a drought-stricken region in India. As the news spread, Coke sales dipped all over the world. The then company CEO announced the company would become “water neutral” by 2020.  

    Yet as a global society we can no longer rely on government or private sector policies as the sole method of damage control. Read on to find out what sort of change really needs to happen.

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    What is What Matters Now about?

    What Matters Now (2012) reveals the many challenges for companies looking to navigate an increasingly globalized and technology-driven world. With practical advice, these blinks show how  company can not only survive such an environment but also adapt, innovate and thrive.

    What Matters Now Review

    What Matters Now (2012) by Gary Hamel is a thought-provoking book that challenges conventional wisdom and offers fresh perspectives on thriving in the rapidly changing world of business. Here's why you should definitely give it a read:

    • With its bold ideas and innovative concepts, the book pushes readers to question the status quo and embrace new ways of thinking.
    • Rigorous research and real-world examples provide a solid foundation for the book's arguments, making it both informative and practical.
    • By emphasizing the importance of adaptability, innovation, and collaboration, the book offers valuable insights for individuals and organizations looking to stay ahead of the curve.

    Who should read What Matters Now?

    • CEOs wanting to learn how to easily adapt to global challenges
    • Managers looking to challenge their company’s status quo
    • Entrepreneurs involved in businesses with a global outlook

    About the Author

    Gary Hamel is a visiting professor of strategic and international management at the London Business School. The Wall Street Journal named Hamel the world’s most-influential business thinker. His bestselling books include Leading the Revolution and Competing for the Future.


    © Gary Hamel: What Matters Now copyright 2012, John Wiley & Sons Inc. Used by permission of John Wiley & Sons Inc. and shall not be made available to any unauthorized third parties.

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    The main message of What Matters Now is to rethink and redefine the principles of management in order to adapt to the challenges of the 21st century.

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    What Matters Now is a must-read for anyone looking to transform their organization. It offers valuable insights and practical strategies to navigate the rapidly evolving business landscape.

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