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What Matters Now. Interview with Gary Hamel

Five issues: Values, Innovation, Adaptability, Passion and Ideology.

 
Gary Hamel & David Dalka

In his new book, What Matters Now, Gary Hamel (ranked the world's most influential business thinker by The Wall Street Journal), shares his agenda for "building organizations that can flourish in a world of diminished hopes, relentless change and ferocious competition."

According to Hamel, "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 "impassioned plea to reinvent management as we know it-to rethink the fundamental assumptions we have about capitalism, organizational life, and the meaning of work."

Welcome to a special Leadership Channel podcast on TotalPicture Radio with Peter Clayton. Today, we have the pleasure of turning the mic over to guest podcaster David Dalka, a consultant who drives growth business strategy in the digital age to create executive success.

Leaders today confront a world where the unprecedented is the norm. Wherever one looks, one sees the exceptional and the extraordinary:

Once-innovative companies struggling to save off senescence. Next gen employees shunning blue chips for social start-ups. Hundred year-old business models being rendered irrelevant overnight. Investors angrily confronting greedy CEOs and complacent boards. Newly omnipotent customers eagerly wielding their power. Social media dramatically transforming the way human beings connect, learn and collaborate.

Obviously, there are lots of things that matter now. But in a world of fractured certainties and battered trust, some things matter more than others. While the challenges facing organizations are limitless; leadership bandwidth isn't. That's why you have to be clear about what really matters now. What are the fundamental, make-or-break issues that will determine whether your organization thrives or dives in the years ahead? Hamel identifies five issues are that are paramount: values, innovation, adaptability, passion and ideology.

Hamel's landmark books, include Competing for the Future, Leading the Revolution and The Future of Management (selected by Amazon.com as the best business book of the year). His latest book, What Matters Now, was published in 2012.

Peter Clayton

About Peter Clayton

Peter Clayton, Producer/Host, is an award-winning producer/director of radio, television, documentary, video, interactive and Web-based media who has created breakthrough media for a wide array of Fortune 100 clients.

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