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Gary Hamel: Reinventing the Technology of Human Accomplishment
Watch Gary Hamel, celebrated management thinker and author and co-founder of the Management Innovation eXchange (MIX), make the case for reinventing management for the 21st century. In this fast-paced, idea-packed, 15-minute video essay, Hamel paints a vivid picture of what it means to build organizations that are fundamentally fit for the future—resilient, inventive, inspiring and accountable.

"Modern” management is one of humanity’s most important inventions, Hamel argues. But it was developed more than a century ago to maximize standardization, specialization, hierarchy, control, and shareholder interests. While that model delivered an immense contribution to global prosperity, the values driving our most powerful institutions are fundamentally at odds with those of this age—zero-sum thinking, profit-obsession, power, conformance, control, hierarchy, and obedience don’t stand a chance against community, interdependence, freedom, flexibility, transparency, meritocracy, and self-determination. Hamel believes it’s time to radically rethink how we mobilize people and organize resources to productive ends.

We agree with Hamel.  During the past several years Teamwork Dynamics has focused on developing an understanding of the dynamics of teamwork that take place at all levels of successful organizations.  Our studies and client experiences have clearly revealed that the successes of an organization rest on leadership infrastructures that engage team members on a platform of mutual trust. 

We further believe that the term "reinventing management" is far too limited to describe what those responsible for organizations must do to avoid the dangers Hamel outlines in his presentation.  Transforming the organization to create an infrastructure of dynamic teams led by skilled team leaders, linked to the organization through supportive sponsors and resting on a platform of mutual trust is essential to surviving and thriving far into the future Hamel describes.

This video is an excerpt from the University of Phoenix Distinguished Guest Video Lecture Series.