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

4.06 of 5 stars 4.06  ·  rating details  ·  171 ratings  ·  25 reviews
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 impas...more
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Published January 4th 2012 by Jossey-Bass (first published November 15th 2011)
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Marcio Silva
Why are business books such as this one so boring? And why are the writers so bad? Gary Hamel has written interesting stuff, but this book is just awful.

Here's the last sentence from page 243, chapter 5.5, "Aiming Higher": "Like a zoo-born lion that knows only its cage, we can't imagine the sweet grasses and blue vistas of an organizational savannah where human beings are actually free to flourish".

I mean - seriously?
Henri Hämäläinen
I finished the book about a week ago and I'm still bit puzzled, what it was all about. There was so many good things presented there and so many good examples around the world, that it takes time to digest it. Maybe the main message there is, that management practices in use are old and these don't help to get the full potential out of the people in companies.

Gary Hamel has found really interesting examples from very different kind of organizations all around the world to demonstrate how managem...more
Keith Kendall
Apr 02, 2012 Keith Kendall rated it 5 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in improving business
Shelves: business
In less than a dozen pages he lays out his criticism of the current system, and the values needed to improve it. I am impressed - I didn't need to wade through a bunch of fluff to get to his thesis.

Hamel observes that there is little agreement on which companies are the greatest innovators. He divides innovators up into 5 categories - Rockets (which probably won't be on the list next year), Laureates, Artistes, Cyborgs (Google, Amazon, Apple), and Born-Again Innovators (P&G, IBM, Ford). Appl...more
This makes me want to reinvent the way every bureaucracy in the world is structured. A return to putting humans first in your enterprise, and encouraging individual contributions rather than systematized control. If all managers and leaders around the world gave these theories some thought, we'd have a flourishing economy AND some really happy individuals at jobs. I am stoked to be digging in on how to introduce some of this thinking at my work.
"A lot to chew on in this book. Loved the Hamel reference to what would be our "Moon Shot" equivalents for reshaping management to align with new realities. Check out and Mix Tv website for continuing conversations around key questions in the book. Good stuff. (Not for the faint of heart...but you can start with small steps.)"
Algo que deja muy en claro el libro “What Matters Now” de Gary Hamel es que la única constante es el cambio. El mundo se transforma a pasos agigantados y muchas de las empresas, líderes, modelos e incluso regímenes sociales cayeron o se alzaron en un transcurso menor a 10 años. La tierra vive una revolución social y un ambiente de descontento que no tiene precedentes históricos comparables. Es por esta razón que el autor desempolva los valores fundamentales necesarios para sobrevivir y prosperar...more
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When was the last time you analyzed the basic tenets of your company’s approach to management and organizational culture? If your company is like the majority of organizations, you’ve been far too busy fighting tooth and nail for market share to consider revisi...more
The major concepts that Hamel brings attention to throughout his book are things that can also apply to life not just management. Self-interest is something that is not only within companies. Most people only think about themselves most of the time in different aspects of life. Usually the more individually competitive someone is the more they are only interested in their success rather then the group’s success. He explains how success comes with being interested in the success of the people wor...more
Steve Newman
A good and somewhat quick read, easy to take the short chapters on a plane trip. Some very interesting ideas that will be more and more relevant as the 'Gen F' (Facebbok generation) continues it's impact as consumes and ultimately workers/contributors. I don't necessarily agree with all of his conclusions or recommendations, but he is correct that the current hierarchy based, top-down approach to management is ill equipped to survive the quickly approaching and dynamically changing future of bus...more
Hamel looks at the expectations of younger workers, the need to use "love, beauty, honor" and other non-business words in business, and the history of management to posit "what matters now." I highly recommend it to anyone involved in any type of team or organization. There is something for everyone to consider and apply to make their relationships better and get the best results for team members, clients and customers. There are some especially useful examples on how to change from traditional...more
Scott Vann
Good book, but some weird examples... How can you compare how churches manage change with how businesses manage change?? In my business, there are market forces at work, in a church you have social forces leading to church extinction... if the church goes belly up, there are no shareholders who lose money, very few people lose their jobs, etc. He also takes a crack at atheists for no apparent reason, which I didn't like. But amidst all that nonsense, there is a lot of really good and interesting...more
Maya Mathias
Gary Hamel outlines key mindsets, traits and behaviors for modern-day corporations to stay relevant. A page-turner of a business book, it offers us a mantra to live by, something that gets us to our core reason for creating and operating an enterprise.

If you've wondered what all the fuss is about in terms of collaboration, exploiting and triumphing turbulent change, becoming a more adaptable and responsive organization...look no further.

Sure to become a management classic.
Gary Hamel is a bit too fond of the words 'hubris' and 'myopia'. Other than that, he puts together a rather concise assessment of existing flaws in the management practices of many companies today, and presents a plan on how to stay ahead. There are a few very interesting examples of unconventional management practices that already exist. It's also nice that this is a very recent book and provides a nice contrast to some other works that might by now be several decades old.
Marc  Binkley
Though I found the first chapter preachie and Gary an excessive sesquipedalian (someone who uses big words), the content and cases Hamel uses are inspiringly convincing.

This book is an excellent addition to your library if you want new ideas that inspire employees, balance innovation and efficiency and sustainable growth.

Other noteworthy books iinclude - The Connected Company, Maverick, The Fifth Element, Tribal Leadership
Daniel Šturm
Every manager should read it.
Despite an awkward start to the book, this has some great methods for applying innovation in organisations., giving great insight into the growing management gap between companies that "get it" and those that are failing to adapt to new social dynamics.

Section 1 is a rant that doesn't really fit the rest of the book. Suggest it is avoided!
Kevin Altman
If you wan't to learn how to be the most creative and effective manager/leader you can be, read this book. Gary Hamel instructs you on how to use tips on how to become a leader in today's ultra competitive markets, which are full of relentless change, ferocious competition, and unstoppable innovation.
Daniel G.
Mar 10, 2012 Daniel G. rated it 3 of 5 stars  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: People interested in business
If you regularly keep in touch with the latest business thought, you won't find anything new here. What you'll get is an overview of the five main areas that matter in businesses now coupled with some deeper insights from Hamel than you'll find in other places. It's worth the read.
Anood S
What matters now shows for us what people need in their life that what will let u think in a correct way to built a successful organisation I recommend this book for u if u want to start new business it will help u to success in it

Nothing really new but presented very nicely and concisely with many very good examples. Exceptions where the church examples. They did not really convince me.
Nick Thompson
A thought provoking and inspiring read that makes a strong case for opening a business up to innovation. Well written as you would expect but an easy read.
Great book on managing through autonomy and freedom in order to stimulate innovation. I highly recommend this book to whomever is in a management roll.
Required reading for anyone who would lead people into the 21st century business jungle.
one of the more interesting of my B school reads.
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Dr. Gary P. Hamel is an American management expert. He is a founder of Strategos, an international management consulting firm based in Chicago.
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