Humanocracy: Creating Organizations as Amazing as the People Inside Them

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Harvard Business Review Press
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6.4 X 9.3 X 1.4 inches | 1.3 pounds

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About the Author

Gary Hamel is on the faculty of the London Business School and is a cofounder of the Management Lab, an organization that builds technology and tools to support breakthrough management innovation. Professor Hamel has been hailed by the Wall Street Journal as the world's most influential business thinker, and his landmark books have been translated into more than twenty-five languages. They include The Future of Management and What Matters Now.

Michele Zanini is a cofounder of the Management Lab, where he helps large organizations become more adaptable, innovative, and engaging places to work. Zanini is an alumnus of McKinsey & Company and the RAND Corporation and holds degrees from the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University and the Pardee RAND Graduate School.

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"The authors skillfully leave little doubt that industrial age bureaucratic organizations are not structurally equipped to meet the unrelenting change and challenges of today." -- School Administrator (AASA, American Association of School Administrators)

"Anyone trying to reinvent a "legacy" business should read Humanocracy... Gary Hamel and Michele Zanini set out a practical view on how to address the transformation challenges many companies are dealing with. Humanocracy highlights a lesson that has never been more important: businesses are all about people, and the more human we make them, the better." -- Ana Botín, Executive Chairman, Santander

"...Messrs Hamel and Zanini may be onto something. Too many people feel dissatisfied with their jobs. A Gallup survey of American employees in 2019 found that less than a quarter said they were expected to be innovative in their job; only one in five felt their opinions mattered at work. Unleash their creativity, and productivity will improve, job satisfaction will increase and workers in supposedly "low-skilled" jobs will be free to demonstrate their abilities. If so, the future of work needn't be gloomy after all." -- The Economist

"The authors present a fascinating new blueprint for organizational design that captures the few necessary benefits of bureaucracy, while avoiding the penalties. They also take readers inside exemplary businesses that have managed to upend the traditional bureaucratic model. This well-reasoned concept is fully developed around the authors' principles of humanocracy, and includes practical details on how to achieve revolutionary goals with evolutionary means." -- Library Journal

Advance Praise for Humanocracy:

"Rarely has the case for dismantling bureaucracy been made as effectively, passionately, and comprehensively. The time to start is now, and the book to read is Humanocracy, Hamel and Zanini's practical guide to creating work environments that give everyone the opportunity to flourish. This is essential to revitalizing our organizations and reinvigorating our economies." -- Bengt Holmstrom, Paul A. Samuelson Professor of Economics, Massachusetts Institute of Technology; 2016 Nobel laureate in Economics

"Hamel and Zanini have achieved two remarkable feats. They've produced one of the most cogent critiques of bureaucracy that I've ever read--explaining the many ways that bureaucratic organizations undermine human autonomy, resilience, and creativity. And they've issued a stirring call to do better--to build organizations that liberate the everyday genius of the people inside them. Packed with keen insights and practical guidance, Humanocracy is an essential book." -- Daniel H. Pink, #1 New York Times bestselling author, Drive and To Sell Is Human

"Humanocracy provides the reader with a road map to helping organizations unleash creativity, energy, and resiliency through leveraging the core of every organization--humans." -- Gen. Stanley McChrystal, US Army, Ret.; New York Times bestselling author, Team of Teams