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  • Hardcover: 304 pages
  • Publisher: John Wiley & Sons; 1 edition (20 Feb. 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1118120825
  • ISBN-13: 978-1118120828
  • Product Dimensions: 16.3 x 2.8 x 23.6 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (36 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 38,835 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Gary Hamel is a founder and chairman of Strategos, and Visiting Professorof Strategic and International Management at the London Business School. He is the co-author of the international bestseller, Competing for the Future.

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An impassioned plea to reinvent management as we know it.   (innovationexcellence.com, March 2012)

The book is bang up to date highlights recent crises and what we can learn from them (CPO Agenda, April 2012)

A thought provoking and relevant book for our time that should inspire change, even if it doesn t prescribe it. (economia.com, April 2012)

An interesting and thought provoking read for HR and finance directors. (HR Magazine, April 2012)

Plenty to feed those with an appetite for change.   (CA Magazine, April 2012)

A rarity among business books, What Matters Now has an entertaining, anecdotal style that does nothing to diminish the visionary authority with which Hamel speaks .   (I: Global Intelligence for the CIO, April 2012)

The book is bang up to date highlights recent crises and what we can learn from them. (CPO Agenda, April 2012)

′Probably one of the most important books you could read this year an invitation to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about capitalism.   (Leadership Now, May 2012)

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"This is not a book about one thing.It′s not a 300–page dissertation on leadership, teams, or motivation.Instead, it′s a multi–faceted agendafor building organizations that canwin in world of relentless change, ferocious competition, andunstoppable innovation."
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What Matters Now is Gary Hamel′s impassioned plea to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about management, the meaning of work, and organizational life. He asks, "What are the fundamental, make–or–break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead?" The answer is found in five paramount issues: values, innovation, adaptability, passion, and ideology.

Values: With trust in large organizations at an all time low, there is an urgent need to rebuild the ethical foundations of capitalism. What′s required is nothing less than a moral renaissance in business.

Innovation: Innovation is the only defense against margin–crushing competition, and the only way to outgrow a dismal economy. In too many companies, innovation is still a buzzword, rather than the responsibility of every single individual. This must change.

Adaptability: In a world of accelerating change, every company must build an evolutionary advantage. The forces of inertia must be vanquished. The ultimate prize: an organization that is as nimble as change itself.

Passion: In business as in life, the difference between "insipid" and "inspired" is passion. With mediocrity fast becoming a competitive liability, success depends on finding new ways to rouse the human spirit at work.

Ideology: Today, businesses need more than better practices; they need better principles. Bureaucracy and control have had their day. It′s time for a new ideology based on freedom and self–determination.

"Gary Hamel has crafted a challenging book that starts with values, celebrates innovation, and concludes by opening up the hierarchies of large companies to unleash the true human potential of the people who work there. This is a book to return to again and again as managers everywhere confront the challenges of orthodoxy, management lethargy, and overly–rigid company processes."
Henry Chesbrough, author, OpenInnovation; professor at UC Berkeley′s Haas School of Business

"What Matters Now lets you in on the five things that will transform your organization or sink it. It′s your choice put Gary Hamel′s book at the top of your to–do list or procrastinate and risk falling farther behind."
Charlene Li, author, Open Leadership; founder of Altimeter Group


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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 500 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 4 Aug. 2012
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Those who have benefited from the capitalist explosion have found like King Midas an abundance of dreams fulfilled, but a nagging problem remains, firslty these volk need to be worshipped as having status, secondly they need to inhabit environments where they are reminded of their status.

This book unpicks the relentless will to power, by returning back to "The Sane Society" Erich Fromm 1955 to retracethe steps of the capital human crunching machine. Initiative, ideas, innovation have been smashed as Weber predicted within the monolithic bureaucracies, people reduced to cyphers and water carriers.

The result is, as Marx predicted, work alienation, a theme relentlessly pursued by Fromm. Now the capitalist puritans have recognised their grand folly and retraced their way backwards by promoting a future. Nothing about the Frankfurt School, Mar or Weber in here though. All based on management erasure of the past and recreate the present. The book has ideas for change- the trouble is- like many of these books-

Capitalism requires a relentless autistic personality type to aspire and manipulate objects to create rapacity and enact the killer instinct. Wanting a more humane capitalist approach is needed to save us all from extinction and the revolution has to be personal rather than economic. There fore this book swings in the balance between polarities. Rather than chastise its shortcomings I will promote its vision and give it five.

However my past experience of the care sector, NHS and Charity tells me initiative is the last thing that is needed within the current construct. However these practices need to be transcended and this book is another bullet in the breach of the gun that blasts down the wall of inertia, bullying, humiliation and un pretty vacancy.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Susman TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 15 July 2012
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For those unaware, Gary Hamel is on a mission to overhaul management as we know it, and that is certainly mirrored in this book. For some in Management and Human Resource Management will see it as a threat to established structure. So be it.
As a prescription for change, Gary Hamel advocates small, low cost experimentation around themes he calls `moonshots'. The language used throughout the book is almost therapeutic equivalence in his narrative. This book is probably not for the lay person rather for people in HRM and the broader management structure.

All in all an easy read, pleasant casual style, invoking more thought on higher purpose, values, and passion in the subject at hand.
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By C M Cotton TOP 100 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on 8 Nov. 2012
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I am a serial entrepreneur, a University lecturer in both Russia and the USA and an international business and peak performance consultant. As such I am used to reading a plethora of business, motivational, peak performance, coaching, team building psychology type of books. In fact I have enough books at home, on these subjects, to sink several ships. So my comments on this poor book are based upon real and theoretical business experience.

This is quite a thick tomb and in my experience this does not necessarily result in great content. The author, Gary Hamel puts forward his ideas on how businesses can win in a World of Relentless Change. He looks at core areas such as how to be more ethical, the need to innovate, how to be more adaptable, the need to engage and empower employees, so becoming more passionate about their work and the TQM idea of less top-down pyramid management structure. The author examines numerous real life examples of how his ideas have been implemented to help the reader to assimilate the ideas into practical steps.

The ideas put forward are nothing new. There is no "revolutionary approach" that cannot be found in other books. Having read the book, the best I can say about it is this, the ideas and premise put forward are solid and if implemented will help an organisation to WIN. The issue I have is this, if you already practice TQM, you already have empowerment structures in place that work, if you already implement KAIZEN....then you will find very little in this book that you are not already doing. This does not make it a bad book, but there is very little new information in this book that cannot be gained elsewhere in an easier to understand form.
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By antom TOP 500 REVIEWER on 26 July 2012
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What matters according to Hamel are: values, innovation, adaptability, passion and ideology. Hamel considers each of these in a separate section of his book. Hamel is not the first to consider these (for example Michael H. Hugos (Business Agility: Sustainable Prosperity in a Relentlessly Competitive World (Microsoft Executive Leadership Series)) and the late CK Prahalad (The New Age of Innovation: Driving Cocreated Value Through Global Networks) have both written books arguing that innovation matters more as efficiency and supply chains become less of a differentiator). However, Hamel has done a fine job of integrating these key ideas into one book.

What Matters Now is very motivating and thought provoking, and there is much to admire and be inspired by. However, there are a few niggles with this book, and I nearly cast it aside a few times - but on reflection I'm very glad I didn't. For me, Hamel's passion sometimes comes across as a tirade rather than a rational assessment of evidence. There are a few case studies, but not nearly enough, and Hamel only offers scarce consideration of other authors and published research that supports his ideas. Also, Hamel's passion shines thorough, but sometimes at the expense of reasoned argument. For example, citing support for his observation that people are happiest when innovating, he states: "From Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi to Tal Ben-Shahar, the experts agree...", which, no matter how you slice it, is just a listing of two.
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