Lynda Gratton was named one of the top 15 business thinkers in the world by the Harvard Business Review and The Times. She is Professor of Management Practice at London Business School where she runs the world’s leading program on human resources. The Founder of The Hot Spots Movement, she has led the Future of Work Consortium for over 5 years, bringing together executives from more than 60 companies.
Lynda is a Fellow of the World Economic Forum and has chaired the WEF Council on Leadership. She chairs the Drucker prize panel and is on the governing body of London Business School. Lynda has won the Tata prize (India), the CCL prize (US), the HR prize (Australia), and is the annual Fellow of NAHR.
She has written extensively about the interface between people and organizations. Her eight books have been translated into more than 15 languages. Lynda’s case on BP won the EECH best case of the year, her article on ‘signature processes’ won the MIT Sloan award, and in 2012 The Shift received the best business book of the year in Japan. Lynda’s book The Key (published 2014) looks at the impact of the changing world on corporate practices, processes and leadership.
Her latest work, The 100-Year Life, co-written with Andrew Scott, was published in June 2016, and has been shortlisted for The FT’s Business Book of the Year award.
You can follow the progress on www.lyndagrattonfutureofwork.com
Visit www.hotspotsmovement.com for further information about the Hot Spots Movement.
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LIVING STRATEGY: PUTTING PEOPLE AT THE HEART OF CORPORATE PURPOSE – buy it here.
For corporate strategy to live and work, people have to understand strategy, and strategy makers have to understand people. They need a living strategy.
“This insightful book has been the publishing event of the last few months – and rightly so. …. It’s rounded off with a workbook – this makes an already reasonably priced book into even better value. If you want to tap into the current thinking and breathe life and purpose into people development, then make sure that you grab a copy.” Training Magazine
“People are our most important asset“, “We are a knowledge based company“, “All we have is our people“, are statements we increasingly hear, and statements which are all to often unsubstantiated by reality. For many people the actuality of organizational life is that they do not feel they are treated as the most important assets and they do not feel their knowledge is understood or used.
The arguments for the central role of people can play in the creation of sustainable competitive advantage are compelling. Each of us has our own set of stories about how people have made a real difference to their business. Living Strategy demonstrates that the companies who will be most successful in the 21st century will be those that are capable of gathering and bonding talented, creative people, who are excited and motivated, who trust the company and are inspired by what they do. It places the behavior of individual employees at the center of wealth creation.
This book shows executives how to design strategies that have meaning and purpose for people, without whose commitment they remain drawings on the wall chart. It will show line managers how to implement strategy and carry their people with them. It will bring strategy to life for businesses because it will bring strategy to life for people.
Living Strategy puts forth three basic tenets that differentiate people from money and technology: we operate in time, we search for meaning, and we have soul. These tenets are then used as the basis for putting human capital at the center of corporate strategy.
We operate in time Our current behavior is influenced by the memory of the past and by the beliefs of the future. Human development progresses through a shared sequence as skills and knowledge may take years to develop and attitudes and values area resistant to rapid change.
We search for meaning We strive to interpret the clues and events around us, we actively engage with the world, to seek a sense of meaning – to understand who we are and what we can contribute. Over time groups of people create collective viewpoints, a sense of shared symbols, which may be events or artifacts are important in creating a sense of meaning.
We have a soul Each of us has a deep sense of personal identity of what we are and of what we believe in. We can trust and feel inspired by our work – and when we do we are more creative. We can dream about possibilities and events. We can choose to give or withhold our knowledge – depending on how we feel. Living Strategy takes the reader through the why and the how of thinking and acting differently to increase the performance of their business, and create organizations, which have meaning and soul.
PUBLISHER: Financial Times / Prentice Hall
PUBLICATION DATE: 19th April 2000
HOT SPOTS: WHY SOME COMPANIES BUZZ WITH ENERGY AND INNOVATION – AND OTHERS DON’T – buy it here.
We’ve all heard about companies and teams that are buzzing with ideas, innovation and sheer trendiness – think Nokia, think Google, think Starbucks. Sometimes, without warning or explanation, there are condensed periods of growth and innovation within an organisation or culture. For a short time, new ideas flow freely and growth, co-operation and success are achieved at a level that exceeds all expectations. These are Hot Spots. But why do they occur in some companies and teams and not others? How can you avoid the Big Freeze and instead encourage these centres of creativity, action and energy?
Hot Spots presents this powerful new idea which holds enormous potential for increasing productivity, co-operation and innovation. Hot Spots can be found anywhere that ideas converge – workplaces, companies, industries, coffee shops, hallways, conferences. And distance is no barrier either: Hot Spots can thrive across different geographical locations and different time zones. Based on extensive research with industry leaders such as BP, Nokia, Adidas, Linux, Goldman Sachs, Ogilvy One, Unilever and Reuters, Hot Spots explores the conditions and environments that are conducive to the creation of Hot Spots.
With Hot Spots you can achieve higher levels of effectiveness and productivity than you ever thought possible.
PUBLISHER: Financial Times Prentice Hall
PUBLICATION DATE: 3rd May 2007
THE KEY: HOW CORPORATIONS SUCCEED BY SOLVING THE WORLD’S TOUGHEST PROBLEMS – buy it here
Climate change. Income inequality. World poverty.Who can solve these global problems? Corporations.
Never before have corporations been so large, so wealthy, so powerful, and so rich in human creativity and endeavor. Organizational change expert Professor Lynda Gratton shows that it is now critical that these corporations step up to play a more positive role in the world by building inner resilience, actively anchoring themselves in their communities and supply chains, and leveraging their unique capabilities to address complex global challenges such as climate change and youth unemployment.
In The Key, Gratton maps out how bringing resilience to a fragile world starts with what happens inside a corporation―when intelligence and wisdom are amplified, emotional vitality enhanced, and social connections harnessed. She explains how corporations can leverage this inner resilience to help solve global problems and how a corporation’s unique innovative, scaling and mobilizing, and alliance building capabilities―are some of the tools for combating global ills.
Both realistic and optimistic, The Key is a practical guide that provides the rationale, strategies, and tools you need to not only spearhead resilience for your own company but also how to use this resilience to contribute to the betterment of the world. Building on her unique research base, Gratton provides insights from more than 20 companies from across the world including Vodafone, Unilever, Tata Consulting Services, and Natura to illustrate the very real benefits of aligning organizational interests with those of the world.
“To create a good future,” Gratton writes, “it is crucial that those who lead corporations become increasingly transparent about their actions and intentions and see themselves as part of the wider world they inhabit.”
The world’s business leaders must make a decision: Either connect your company’s interests with those of the world at large―or watch these separate interests crash into each other. You have the resources to save the world. Gratton provides The Key.
PUBLISHER: McGraw-Hill Education
PUBLICATION DATE: 1st May 2014
THE 100-YEAR LIFE – Buy here
Does the thought of working for 60 or 70 years fill you with dread? Or can you see the potential for a more stimulating future as a result of having so much extra time?
Many of us have been raised on the traditional notion of a three-stage approach to our working lives: education, followed by work and then retirement. But this well-established pathway is already beginning to collapse life expectancy is rising, final-salary pensions are vanishing, and increasing numbers of people are juggling multiple careers. Whether you are 18, 45 or 60, you will need to do things very differently from previous generations and learn to structure your life in completely new ways.
The 100-Year Life is here to help.
Drawing on the unique pairing of their experience in psychology and economics, Lynda Gratton and Andrew Scott offer a broad-ranging analysis as well as a raft of solutions, showing how to rethink your finances, your education, your career and your relationships and create a fulfilling 100-year life.
– How can you fashion a career and life path that defines you and your values and creates a shifting balance between work and leisure?
– What are the most effective ways of boosting your physical and mental health over a longer and more dynamic lifespan?
– How can you make the most of your intangible assets such as family and friends as you build a productive, longer life?
– In a multiple-stage life how can you learn to make the transitions that will be so crucial and experiment with new ways of living, working and learning?
The 100-Year Life is a wake-up call that describes what to expect and considers the choices and options that you will face. It is also fundamentally a call to action for individuals, politicians, firms and governments and offers the clearest demonstration that a 100-year life can be a wonderful and inspiring one.
PUBLSIHER: Bloomsbury Information Ltd
PUBLICATION DATE: 2nd June 2016
THE SHIFT — Buy it here
Work is a defining, all-consuming part of our lives. Now, more than ever, the speed at which the nature of work is changing is having an extraordinary impact on working lives everywhere. The Shift is Lynda Gratton’s groundbreaking book which looks at the five forces that will fundamentally change the way we work in the next ten to fifteen years: globalisation, society, demography, technology and energy.It remains to be seen whether this will be a bad thing or a good thing. The invaluable advice that Lynda imparts, however, is that there are three key shifts that you as an individual can look to make to prepare yourself best in this fast-moving world of work… Esteemed by The Economist for ‘leading the world’s top 200 business minds to predict the future of work’, Lynda Gratton is the most sought-after name in this area. Professor at London Business School she has been hailed by The Times as one of the top 20 business thinkers in the world today and by The Financial Times as the business thinker most likely to make a real difference over the next decade.
PUBLISHER: Harper Collins
PUBLICATION DATE: 12th May 2011