Gary Hamel

One of the most singular business strategists at work today, Gary Hamel believes in the revolutionary nature of companies that create new wealth and fearlessly challenge the old guard; for him, any company not innovating is already on the road to insignificance. Business revolution is the product of strategy innovation, which requires a company to infuse its employees with new passions, along with new skills. Hamel provides organizations with the ultimate competitive advantage: a clear plan of action for becoming and staying an industry revolutionary. Called “the world’s reigning strategy guru” by The Economist, he is a visiting professor of management at the London Business School, founder of Strategos, a worldwide innovation consultancy and director of the Woodside Institute, a non-profit research organization dedicated to building innovative and agile organizations. Hamel is the author of 15 Harvard Business Review articles and the seminal books Competing for the Future and Leading the Revolution. His book, The Future of Management was voted as the editors’ #1 Business Book of 2007. Gary Hamel shows business leaders how to challenge the norms and create corporate-wide, game-breaking strategies for continuous innovation that will drive business growth.


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. 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 can 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
  • Manage the day-to-day tension between innovation and operational efficiency

This critical knowledge can help your organization unleash its full innovation potential.

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. Drawing on his pioneering work on strategic “resilience,” Hamel’s can help your company 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 powerful enough to overcome the gravitational pull of the past
  • Accelerate the shift of resources from legacy programs to future-oriented initiatives, and
    weave the principles of resilience into every management process and practice.

If the goal is a company that can change as fast as change itself, these are essential insights.

The Ultimate Competitive Advantage
Over the past 100 years, the most profound and enduring shifts in competitive position have come from management innovation—dramatic breakthroughs in how companies are managed, led and structured. Based on his most recent research, Hamel has developed a methodology that can help your company build the ultimate competitive advantage—an ability to proactively reinvent its management DNA. Specifically, Hamel can show your company how to:

  • Anticipate the “over-the-horizon” management challenges that will determine success in the years ahead
  • Successfully challenge the outmoded management orthodoxies that limit success
  • Uncover the new management principles that will determine industry leadership in the future
  • Build a capability for ongoing management innovation across your company.

In short, Hamel can show your organization how to build tomorrow’s best practices today.


Full Biography

The Wall Street Journal recently ranked Gary Hamel as the world’s most influential business thinker, and Fortune magazine has called him “the world’s leading expert on business strategy.” For the last three years, Hamel has also topped Executive Excellence magazine’s annual ranking of the most sought after management speakers.

Hamel’s landmark books, Leading the Revolution and Competing for the Future, have appeared on every management bestseller list and have been translated into more than 20 languages. His latest book, The Future of Management, was published by the Harvard Business School Press in October 2007 and was selected by as the best business book of the year.

Over the past twenty years, Hamel has authored 15 articles for the Harvard Business Review and is the most reprinted author in the Review’s history. He has also written for the Wall Street Journal, Fortune, The Financial Times and many other leading publications around the world.

Since 1983, Hamel has been on the faculty of the London Business School where he is currently visiting professor of Strategic and International Management.

As a consultant and management educator, Hamel has worked for companies as diverse as General Electric, Time Warner, Nokia, Nestle, Shell, Best Buy, Procter & Gamble, 3M, IBM and Microsoft. His pioneering concepts such as “strategic intent,” “core competence,” “industry revolution,” and “management innovation” have changed the practice of management in companies around the world.

Hamel speaks frequently at the world’s most prestigious management conferences, and is a regular contributor to CNBC, CNN, and other major media outlets. He has also advised government leaders on matters of innovation policy, entrepreneurship and industrial competitiveness.

At present, Hamel is leading an effort to build the world’s first “Management Lab.” The MLab is a pioneering attempt to create a setting in which progressive companies and world renowned management scholars work together to co-create “tomorrow’s best practices” today. The goal: to radically accelerate the evolution of management knowledge and practice.

Hamel is a fellow of the World Economic Forum and the Strategic Management Society. He lives in Northern California.

Expertise:  Authors | BUSINESS | Change | Leadership | Management