Consultant and mountaineer Patrick Hollingworth’s compact book will win your attention. He explores “alpine style” mountaineering and relates its important lessons to managing your organization. Hollingworth shows how mountain climbers can inspire you when you have to deal with “black swans” and “volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity” (VUCA) situations. He encourages you to embrace complexity and ambiguity as a way to develop your leadership abilities. getAbstract recommends Hollingworth’s mountain-meets-business manifesto to current and aspiring leaders who dare to challenge the status quo so they can thrive in the 21st century.
About the Author
An experienced mountaineer who climbed Everest and other 8,000-meter peaks using the alpine-style approach, Patrick Hollingworth is a long-time business consultant who helps individuals, teams and companies deal with the VUCA world.
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3 years agoIf you find useful to think about organization using metaphors, I would rather suggest the old but good (and in my opinion more comprehensive) book "Images of Organisation".
Contingency Theory, TQM and quality circles, lean organisation, organizational ecology, human relations, self-organisation, organisational life-cycle, Structure in Fives, freedom and responsibility-based organizational forms, ...
all these theories (and underlying research) seem to me to already handle the ingredients of flexible, human, light and fast organizations since quite a while ... without necessarily climbing mountains :-) .
Still, I will try to look at the free webinar to see if there is really something fresh & new, that I might not have been able to spot just reading the abstract.
3 years agoThis is well worth a read. The climbing analogy won’t work for everyone but makes the concepts (mindfulness and flexibility in VUCA environments) at least somewhat accessible to the lay person. Traditional ‘rigid’ plans are increasingly fragile in a world of rapid technological and social change and Patrick goes some way in explaining this phenomenon. The concepts presented here are current in academia & this book is an accessible route to understanding without having to wade through multiple academic journals.
5 years agoI'd like to hear more about "expedition-style organization wearing alpinists’ clothing". Anyone?
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