Our excitement about MIX’s potential grows out of our own experience trying to generate new management ideas in unconventional ways.
HCL Technologies has experimented with a variety of ways to reinvent management – many of them described in a book by CEO Vineet Nayar, to be published by Harvard Business Press in June.
One is concept not described in the book is Unstructure. And what, you ask, is that?
Let’s back up a little. Evolution is necessary for organisms in nature to survive. The same is true for business. If companies are to sustain and evolve, they need to adopt a life-form that not only co-exists but also “co-evolves” with nature. That requires the individuals who represent business to relentlessly challenge the status quo, to engage in a global dialogue unfettered by corporate structures. It requires them – to use our newly coined term – to “unstructure” their thinking.
To help that process, we launched Unstructure, an ongoing discussion platform that takes the form of an “open to all” online forum[ www.unstructure.org] , various in-person gatherings around the world (including the upcoming Global Meet 2010 in Orlando), and an annual “white book” summarizing the discussions....
A book written by HCL Technologies CEO Vineet Nayar, call “Employees First, Customers Second,” will be published by Harvard Business Press in June. It describes some of the bold management experiments that have enabled HCL Technologies to revitalize itself over the past five years and enjoy rapid growth even through the economic downturn. In a recent interview with The New York Times , Vineet shares some of his unconventional management thinking – and reveals with unusual candor some of his personal missteps as a leader.
Every year or so we bring together hundreds of business and technology professionals and management thought leaders for several days of free-wheeling debate about the evolution of business and business management. The gathering, called Global Meet , is part of something larger that we have dubbed Unstructure – an ongoing discussion platform that exists online, in publications, and in meetings around the world. Unstructure’s theme for 2010 – including this year’s Global Meet, which occurs April 11-13 in Orlando – is the New Normal. Unstructure 2008 focused on Business Sustainability – how businesses could best deal with an increasingly threatening recession. The New Normal raises the question of how businesses can succeed in the aftermath of that recession amid a new set of challenges and opportunities. The topics of discussion will attempt to cover various dimensions of the New Normal and ultimately produce a framework to help business decision makers navigate the changed environment. What makes the post-recession consumer tick? How must we redefine business risk? Is globalized innovation all it’s been cracked up to be? How are employee-employer relationships changing? How can a business maintain a pipeline of fresh leadership that will...