Gary Hamel Quotes

Gary Hamel Quotes: The problem is not one of prediction. It is one of imagination.
Author: Gary Hamel
Companies do not do new things because they understand it but because they feel it.
Author: Gary Hamel
A titled leader relies heavily on positional power to get things done; a natural leader is able to mobilize others without the whip of formal authority.
Author: Gary Hamel
We owe our existence to innovation. Our species exists thanks to four billion years of genetic innovation.
Author: Gary Hamel
In the long term the most important question for a company is not what you are but what you are becoming.
Author: Gary Hamel
... all too often, a successful new business model becomes the business model for companies not creative enough to invent their own. [2002] p.46
Author: Gary Hamel
The real damper on employee engagement is the soggy, cold blanket of centralized authority. In most companies, power cascades downwards from the CEO. Not only are employees disenfranchised from most policy decisions, they lack even the power to rebel against egocentric and tyrannical supervisors.
Author: Gary Hamel
In the age of revolution it is not knowledge that produces new wealth, but insight - insight into opportunities for discontinuous innovation. Discovery is the journey; insight is the destination. You must become your own seer.
Author: Gary Hamel
As human beings, we are the genetic elite, the sentient, contemplating and innovating sum of countless genetic accidents and transcription errors.
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Strategy is, above all else, the search for above average returns.
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One doesn't have to be a Marxist to be awed by the scale and success of early-20th-cent ury efforts to transform strong-willed human beings into docile employees.
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Building human-centered organizations doesn't imply a return to the paternalistic, corporate welfare practices of the 19th century. Most of us don't want to be nannied.
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Resilience is based on the ability to embrace the extremes -- while no becoming an extremist. ... **Most companies don't do paradox very well.** (emphasis by author) [2002] p.25f
Author: Gary Hamel
Like a child star whose fame fades as the years advance, many once-innovative companies become less so as they mature.
Author: Gary Hamel
Somewhere out there is a bullet with your company's name on it. Somewhere out there is a competitor, unborn and unknown, that will render your strategy obsolete. You can't dodge the bullet
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Innovation is the fuel for growth. When a company runs out of innovation, it runs out of growth.
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This extraordinary arrogance that change must start at the top is a way of guaranteeing that change will not happen in most companies.
Author: Gary Hamel
Over the centuries, religion has become institutionalized, and in the process encrusted with elaborate hierarchies, top-heavy bureaucracies, highly specialized roles and reflexive routines.
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Truth be told, there are lots of companies that provide exemplary phone support. DirecTV, Virgin America and Apple are a few that regularly exceed my expectations.
Author: Gary Hamel