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Cut the organisational and operational dead weight to climb higher, faster "Light and Fast"presents a blueprint for organisations looking to thrive in today's rapidly evolving business landscape. VUCA--Volatility, Uncertainty, Complexity and Ambiguity--has become the dominant mode of modern business, and leaders are overwhelmed. Competition and instability has increased wh ...more
Paperback, 200 pages
Published May 16th 2016 by John Wiley & Sons
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Michael de Percy
Dec 02, 2016 rated it really liked it
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Patrick Hollingworth signed my copy of this book after his presentation at the NSW Taxi Council Annual Conference. In his presentation, he mentioned the old-style website where the developers controlled everything, changes took months, and results were professional but poorly-timed and laborious. This resonated with me so I decided to give the book a go. While reading it, I was disappointed by the journalistic-style short paragraphs, use of contractions, rather shallow references to other work I ...more
Simon
Feb 09, 2018 rated it really liked it
I was lucky enough to hear Patrick Hollingworth speak at my company's 2017 conference, and even luckier to talk with him afterwards. He is a passionate, articulate, well-read, deep-thinker with a tale to tell of a new world of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (the 'VUCA World'). His disparaging view of goal-setting struck a chord with me, while his VUCA world and call for change to cope in this new future left me a little skeptical and underwhelmed.

His book explains that the old
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Vinod Peris
Aug 10, 2017 rated it liked it
This book makes a comparison between organization structure and styles of mountain climbing. The traditional style of mountain climbing is with large expeditions that are epitomized by the commercial ascents to Mount Everest. They involve large teams carrying lots of gear and supplies that a few of the climbers will use to make the ascent. This becomes a logistical nightmare and is not something you can modify in the middle of your journey. The weather and conditions on the mountain can change d ...more
J Crossley
Oct 10, 2018 rated it liked it
This book is full of special terms. “Light and fast” is a mountaineering style that quickly adapts to a changing environment. “Alpine style” requires you to let go of your need to control, and instead respond to changes as they happen. It is intrinsically motivated and focuses on the task at hand. The reward is learning from the journey as a whole rather than the momentary goal. VUCA stands for volatility, uncertainty, complexity, and ambiguity.

Something that I liked in this book was The Transfo
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Daniel Taylor
Hollingworth uses a mountaineering metaphor to show how businesses can succeed now -- and into the future! While mountaineering often gets mentioned in business literature, it's usually to make a shallow point, 'Take your team to the top of the mountain.' In 'The Light and Fast Organisation
', however, Hollingworth goes deep with his mountaineering metaphor. He likens the traditional business approach to the expedition-style of mountain climbing. Those organisations will fail in the current and f
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Holly Bridgwater
Jan 14, 2019 rated it really liked it
An interesting comparison of successful business models with 'light and fast' mountaineering. A different style of business book and some good takeaways for considering how to adapt your organisation to be anti-fragile and adjust to constant change.
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