Gary Hamel at the Leadership Summit

Posted on August 8, 2009

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I just returned from Chicago and will be posting my notes from this year’s Leadershp Summit. The Summit this year was inspirational, challenging, and insightful. Here are the notes from the first speaker:

As a consultant and management educator, Gary Hamel has worked for companies as diverse as General Electric, Time Warner, Nokia, Nestle, Shell, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, IBM, and Microsoft. His pioneering concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation” have changed the practice of management in companies around the world. At present, Hamel is leading an effort to build the world’s first “Management Lab.”

Are you changing as fast as the world around you? Are you the vanguard or the old guard?

The world is creating a desire for the authentic. Unprecedented changes are bringing unprecedented strategies.

Everything is changing at an exponential rate. World is getting more turbulent before the church is able to become resilient.

A crisis causes innovation. Success is a self inventing strategy.

Overcome temptation to seek refuge in denial. Denial follows a familiar pattern- Dismiss, rationalize, mitigate, and self-confront.

Questions your beliefs, humility is a survival strategy in today’s

Listening to the renegades, dissidents, and positive deviants. The future has already happened but it is unequally distributed among a few.

An Oak tree has no idea where the fertile ground is so it drops everywhere. Don’t generate one big acorn. Diverge a lot!

Challenge your own orthodox. Look at programs and ask Your self, what hasn’t changed? Is the reason because of dead tradition?

Why leadership fails? The mental models depreciate while they still retain their power- leaders become irrelevant.

Finding leaders for is not problem, the challenge is creating a culture that thrives without super humans at the top.

A Leader is less about leading and more about identifying, connecting, and unleashing.

Most people have a problem with the ‘organized ‘part of religion- Be a ‘disorganized’ religion!

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