Hamel’s solution – revolution

26Apr07

So Hamel brings about motivation for change and innovation! He says:
“You can become the author of your own destiny. You can look the future in the eye and say: I am no longer a captive to history. Whatever I can imagine, I can accomplish. I am no longer a vassal in a faceless bureaucracy. I am an activist, not a drone. I am no longer a foot soldier in the march of progress. I am a Revolutionary.”

He really means that there’s lots of need for thoughtful change in the world of business, where copycats don’t go too far and competition is actually short-lived..

In the book that I’m reading now, Mavericks at work, it’s written that “The logic of competition has evolved from the imitative world of products versus products to the revolutionary fervor of business models versus business models to, now, the promising realm of value systems versus value systems. Call it strategy or advocacy.”

And then it’s all about redefining the business one does, finding a clear structure and balance between goals, mission and identity. I remember how Chan Kim and Renée Mauborgne in Blue Ocean Strategy portraited the competitive advantage through the simplified clear and distinctive set of ideas a company is promoting.

And to conclude the idea of innovative change (which is probably a pleonasm):
when it comes to thriving in a hypercompetitive marketplace, “playing it safe” is no longer playing it smart. In an economy defined by overcapacity, oversupply, and utter sensory overload – an economy in which everyone already has more than enough of whatever it is you’re selling – the only way to stand out from the crowd is to stand for a truly distinctive set of ideas about where your industry should be going.” — Mavericks at work

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