I'm still reeling from the aha moment that shot through me at 2.30am this morning.
The Bolt from the Blue: Gary Hamel is more than right, he is absolutely, utterly, unerringly bang on and no surprises there. He has elegantly and eloquently articulated the bleeding obvious. Today's organizations are attempting to use tinkering-at-the-margins incrementalism to keep industrial age organizational structures flying headlong into a new age where a new game is being played with new rules by new players. A WW2 Spitfire cannot win against the Starship Enterprise no matter how well it is flown.
I have recently being studying 'the essence of leadership'. It includes lots of theory stuff about resonant and dissonant leadership styles, transformational leadership, authentic leadership and so on. In fact, I mapped the whole leadership, management timeline thing from the 1800's. Interesting, yes. Did I learn anything? Yes, I learnt that while we are great at talking a good game, we're incredibly slow to realize we've got it wrong, horribly wrong. It is time for change. We all know about the change stuff too. It's hard. Fair enough, let's just accept that and get on with it. My idea: Commence MIX Pilot projects everywhere.
1. Getting people engaged with the idea.
2. Getting them to take action.
1. Create cool events with cool speakers to reinforce Gary's reinvent management message.
2. Invite key decision makers from influential organizations and convince them to give this a shot. There is a huge commercial return and a competitive advantage carrot on offer for those brave enough to embrace having a crack at the title.
3. Create some MIX Chief Pilots, design and develop the MIX "play book", implement it with the early adopters and get on with reinventing management.
4. Continue to build the movement.
Management gets reinvented.
This cause is something even Sir Galahad would be proud to represent. It's a no brainer.