Our Compensation Principles & Beliefs

Over the years, I have frequently spoken out against companies that preach a “we’re-all-in-this-together” ethos while tolerating Austrian-Afghanistan disparities in executive-employee pay. But I have offered little in the way of a real-world solution to such hypocrisy. So, as I prepare to discuss our philosophy at Seventh Generation with our...

Too Much Stuff

We simply buy too much stuff. I have more t-shirts in my closet than I could wear in several lifetimes. Yet someone always wants to give me another one. I have an iPhone, but the newest upgrade looks almost irresistible. In fact, so does the MacBook Air. Shoes, cars, cameras, and clothes almost never wear out before we replace them. We are painfully addicted to...

Inventing the Future of Management: Part 5

A conversation with Google’s CEO Eric Schmidt Here are outtakes from my notes on Eric Schmidt’s talk at the Future of Management conference (see Part 4): “The culture defines the outcome,” in reference to the products and services Google creates. “If you have enough direct reports you can’t manage them effectively! That was...

Inventing the Future of Management: Part 4

Maximizing the Organization’s Potential A discussion with W. L. Gore CEO Terri Kelly Last week, at Gary Hamel’s Future of Management conference (see Part 3), I had a chance to sit down with Terri Kelly, CEO of W.L. Gore & Associates. While Gore, the makers of Gore-Tex fabric, generates more than $2 billion in annual sales, employs more than 8,000...

Inventing the Future of Management: Part 3

All of the attendees at Gary Hamel’s conference on management innovation were assembled in one room (see Part 2). The entire group engaged in a dialogue during the day’s first few hours. It was quite amazing that 35 highly opinionated people could (for the most part) hold one conversation. As the day progressed, two thoughts, almost diametrically...

Inventing the Future of Management: Part 2

It is impossible to describe all of the conversations at Gary Hamel’s conference on management innovation (see Part 1). The dialogue ranged from questions on whether we had the right language to describe how to drag management into the 21st century; is “management” even a relevant concept in a world where the “wisdom of crowds” and...

Inventing the Future of Management: Part 1

A few months ago, I received an unusual invitation. It began with, “Permit me to introduce myself. I’m Professor of Strategic Management at the London Business School, the Director of the Management Lab, and an author (Competing for the Future, The Future of Management, etc.).” The “I” was Gary Hamel, recognized by the Wall Street...