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Gary Hamel

Gary Hamel, from Silicon Valley, has been called the world's "most influential business thinker" by the Wall Street Journal and "the leading expert on business strategy" by Fortune. His landmark books have appeared on every management bestseller list. He is also the author of 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and articles for the WSJ, Fortune, and the Financial Times. He is on the faculty of the London Business School and consults with many of the world’s most influential companies. He is director of the Management Lab and is leading a pioneering effort to “crowdsource” the future of management.

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12 Realities Employees Will Use in Determining if Your Company is “With it” or “Past it”

by Mar 6, 2012, 5:15 am ET

The experience of growing up online will profoundly shape the workplace expectations of Generation Facebook. At a minimum, they’ll expect the social environment of their worklife to reflect the social context of the Web, rather than a mid-twentieth-century bureaucracy.

With that in mind, I compiled a list of 12 work-relevant characteristics of the social Web. These are the post-bureaucratic realities that tomorrow’s employees will use as yardsticks in determining whether your company is ‘‘with it’’ or ‘‘past it.’’ In assembling this short list, I haven’t tried to catalog every salient feature of the Web’s social milieu, only those that are most at odds with the legacy management practices that characterize most companies.

  1. All ideas compete on an equal footing. On the Web, every idea has the chance to gain a following, or not. No one has the power to kill off a subversive idea or squelch an embarrassing debate. Ideas gain traction based on their perceived merits, rather than on the political power of their proponents. By disassociating ‘‘share of voice’’ and ‘‘share of power,’’ the Web undermines the ability of the elites to control the conversation or set the agenda. keep reading…