Gary Hamel

  • "The World's Reigning Strategy Guru," The Economist
  • Bestselling Author, Leading the Revolution

Fortune magazine labels Gary Hamel “the world’s leading expert on business strategy.” The Economist calls Hamel “the world’s reigning strategy guru.” Recently, the Journal of Business Strategy listed Hamel as one of the 20th century’s 25 most influential business thinkers, along with business pioneers such as Henry Ford and Bill Gates. For the past three years, Executive Excellence magazine has ranked Hamel as the world’s most influential management speaker.

 
  

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Innovation from Everyone, Every Day

In a world filled with new, ultra-low cost competitors, ever-more powerful customers and hyper-competitive markets, innovation is the only way to out-perform the industry average. However, in many companies innovation has yet to become a deeply embedded core competence—the work of every employ ...

In a world filled with new, ultra-low cost competitors, ever-more powerful customers and hyper-competitive markets, innovation is the only way to out-perform the industry average. However, in many companies innovation has yet to become a deeply embedded core competence—the work of every employee, every day. What companies need is a detailed blueprint for making innovation a core competence—and this is exactly what Hamel provides. Based on twenty years of ground-breaking research, and a score of high-profile assignments in some of the world’s most respected companies, Hamel will show you and your colleagues how to: unlock the innovation potential of every employee; build a portfolio of high-impact, game-changing strategies; dramatically multiply the returns on innovation investment; build management systems that keep everyone focused on innovation; and manage the day-to-day tension between break-the-rules innovation and tight-fisted operational efficiency. If your company is looking for growth and competitive differentiation, this is vitally important knowledge.

A Company that is as Nimble as Change Itself

As the pace of change accelerates, so must the pace of strategic renewal in every organization. All too often deep change is crisis-driven and episodic; too seldom is it opportunity-driven and continuous. The challenge is to build organizations that are forever inventing the future rather than defen ...

As the pace of change accelerates, so must the pace of strategic renewal in every organization. All too often deep change is crisis-driven and episodic; too seldom is it opportunity-driven and continuous. The challenge is to build organizations that are forever inventing the future rather than defending the past. Hence, Hamel’s pioneering work on strategic “resilience.” Hamel’s ground-breaking ideas and experience can help your organization to: recognize the warning signs of “strategy decay”; overcome the arrogance and denial that so often frustrates strategic renewal; build a future-oriented vision that is compelling enough to overcome the gravitational pull of the past; accelerate the shift of resources from legacy programs to future-oriented initiatives; weave the principles of resilience into every management process and practice. These are essential insights if your goal is to build an organization that can change as fast as change itself.

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage

Enduring success doesn’t come from great leadership, or timeless values, or a passion for customers—as important as these things are. Instead, as Hamel’s review of more than 100 years of industrial history has demonstrated, long-term advantage depends primarily on a company’s ...

Enduring success doesn’t come from great leadership, or timeless values, or a passion for customers—as important as these things are. Instead, as Hamel’s review of more than 100 years of industrial history has demonstrated, long-term advantage depends primarily on a company’s capacity to proactively reinvent the very principles and processes of management itself. Based on his latest research, Hamel has developed a methodology that can help your company build the ultimate competitive: a capacity to proactively reinvent its management DNA. Specifically, Hamel can show your company how to: anticipate the “over-the-horizon” management challenges that will demand fundamentally new thinking; successfully challenge outmoded management orthodoxies that limit success; uncover the new management principles that will determine industry leadership in the future; and build tomorrow’s best management practices today. In short, Hamel can show your organization how to build the ultimate competitive advantage—management innovation.

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Biography

Gary Hamel is one of the world’s most influential and iconoclastic business thinkers. He has worked with leading companies across the globe and is a dynamic and sought-after management speaker. Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School for more than 30 years and is the director of the Management Innovation eXchange(link is external).   

Hamel has written 17 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. His landmark books have been translated into more than 25 languages. His most recent bestsellers are The Future of Management and What Matters Now. In these volumes, Hamel presents an impassioned plea for reinventing management and lays out a practical blueprint for building organizations that are “fit for the future.” 

Fortune magazine describes Hamel as “the world’s leading expert on business strategy,” and the Financial Times calls him a “management innovator without peer.” Hamel has been ranked by The Wall Street Journal as the world’s most influential business thinker and is a fellow of the Strategic Management Society and of the World Economic Forum.

Hamel’s groundbreaking concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation,” have changed the language and practice of management in organizations around the globe.  

Hamel’s work inside of organizations has been equally pioneering.  Highlights include:

  • Building one of the world’s first “idea markets” inside a global energy leader.
  • Using crowdsourcing to help a European high tech company build a game-changing strategy.
  • Orchestrating a comprehensive effort to turn a venerable durable goods manufacturer into one of the world’s most innovative companies.
  • Helping a leading Korean company re-engineer its management practices around the principles of openness, community and meritocracy.
  • Designing and deploying an online platform that allowed the employees of a top fashion house to share and develop ideas for strengthening their company’s core values. 
  • Developing innovation tools and platforms that have helped companies around the world de-commoditize mature industries and accelerate growth.
  • Running an online “hackathon” in which more than 1,700 senior executives collaborated to reinvent the HR function.

In his work, Hamel has led transformational efforts in some of the world’s most notable companies and has helped to create billions of dollars in shareholder value. 

Hamel is one of the world’s most sought-after management speakers on the topics of strategy, leadership, innovation and change.