Gary Hamel is one of my favorites authors. Anytime he comes out with a new book, I want to get into it right away. His latest, What Matters Now, is no exception. “Noted business thinker and strategist, he’s been on the faculty of the London Business School for many years and is the founder of the California-based think-tank The Management Lab (from the jacket).”
The subtitle of What Matters Now is a great hint at its contents: “How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation.” You may be tempted to think this newest book will not apply to your field. Don’t. Nothing could be further from the truth! Whether you’re involved in leadership of a non-profit effort, an entrepreneur, a C-level executive or a mid-level manager, What Matters Now will matter to you. I have no doubt that your copy will be as marked up as mine.
In some ways the next piece in the puzzle to The Future of Management, What Matters Now serves as a guide through five of the key underlying issues for many organizations. Values, innovation, adaptability, passion, and ideology are all right at the heart of what leaders are struggling with in almost every organization. Like me, you’ll find yourself nodding in agreement in some sections and shaking your head in others, but that’s one of the very best things about Hamel’s writing. Packed with eye-opening insights and memorable quotes, this is a book that will inform lots of conversations that lead to new trajectories.
Every one of Hamel’s books (The Future of Management, Competing for the Future (with C.K. Prahalad), Leading the Revolution, and Strategic Intent) have been both thought-provoking and insight-generating to me. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve referred to certain concepts and quotes sprinkled liberally through his books. What Matters Now is no exception.