Author: Simone Williams

Amazon Is Paying Their Staff to Quit

Amazon is lauded as one of the world’s most innovative companies – consistently benchmarked by organisations around the world for their ideas and initiative. This year, in his annual letter to shareholders, Amazon’s founder and CEO Jeff Bezos again impressed with a range of cutting-edge ideas, aiming to improve customer experience, product initiatives, and introducing new technologies which could be set to again disrupt established services. However it was the …

Leadership – Critical Now More Than Ever

“Never before has leadership been so critical, and never before has it seemed in such short supply.” – Gary Hamel That is not to say that Gary Hamel and Polly LaBerre pin the responsibility of poor leadership on the individuals in those positions, but on the “top-down pyramidal structures” that they work within. The pace of change within the business environment has increased, and continues to do so. In today’s IT-driven …

W.L Gore Confronts Chaos

W.L Gore is lauded as being one of the world’s most innovative organisations and in the last 50 years, has never made a loss. The company , however is not immune from the “velocity of change transforming our economy”. Terri Kelly, the CEO of W.L Gore recently explained her organisations response to this constant pace of change – organisational maturity. “We have one through distinct periods of uncertainty in the past, but …

The Business Influentials welcomes Gary Hamel to Australia this December!

The influential and iconoclastic business guru, Gary Hamel will put forward his impassioned plea to Australian leaders to REINVENT MANAGEMENT in two exclusive full-day seminars across Melbourne and Sydney. Listed by The Journal of Business Strategy as one of the 20th century’s most influential business thinkers, Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts have transformed business strategies and management practices around the world. An authority on innovative management, Hamel has proven to be an instrumental force …

We Need To Change How We Change

“The only thing that can be safely predicted is that sometime soon your organisation will be challenged to change in ways for which there are no precedent.” – Gary Hamel Today’s organisations are already facing a set of challenges, which are truly unprecedented: Rapid and unrelenting innovation, fueling competition Hundred year-old business models rendered irrelevant overnight Entry barriers tumbling as disruptive innovations become more frequent

Why Bureaucracy Must Die

Innovation needs to be intrinsic and instinctual within our organisations if we are going to be able to adapt and thrive when met with future challenges. As we move from a knowledge-based economy into a creativity-based economy it is initiative, creativity and engagement that will be sought out in the work force. Yet the internal hierarchal structures in our companies are inhibiting, rather than aiding this. Gary Hamel, one of the …

Beyond Bureaucracy – The Technology Revolution

“The Internet will change the relationship between consumers and producers in ways more profound than you can yet imagine. The Internet is not just another marketing channel; it’s not just another advertising medium. The Internet is the foundation for a new industrial order.” – Gary Hamel | Fortune Magazines first cover story on the Internet | 1998 Though an ambitious outlook back in 1998, Gary Hamel’s co-authored article for fortune …

The Business Influentials Welcomes Gary Hamel to Auckland on May 27!

Listed by The Journal of Business Strategy as one of the 20th century’s most influential business thinkers, Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts have transformed business strategies and management practices around the world. An authority on innovative management, Hamel has proven to be an instrumental force of change in how businesses are run and organisations function. A regular contributor to a range of publications,Hamel’s landmark books and articles have set precedence for management strategists, profoundly …

How Do You Measure Performance In Management?

Marcus Buckingham, the founder of TMBC presented a commentary on what defines performance in management in his recent Harvard Business Review post ‘Trouble with the Curve? Why Microsoft is Ditching Stack Rankings’.   Microsoft’s announcement that it was doing away with its historic ‘stack ranking’, and even more surprisingly, it’s decision to discontinue measuring performance through ratings, prompted Buckingham to examine why? What is failing in performance management systems that …