Hackers are Heroes: Gary Hamel Melts Faces

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Gary Hamel is my new hero. I had a chance to hear him speak at the Willow Creek Leadership Summit on the future of the church from a management perspective. Gary, unbeknownst to me, is the bee’s knees when it comes to business management strategy and innovative thinking. Check out his blog here.

Gary was dropping all sorts of bombs at his talk, and no one was safe. (For a great summary read, check out Tim Schraeder’s site for the notes.) One of my favorite fire-starters from Gary’s talk at the Summit was “Listen to the positive deviants. Learn from them. Learn to be one.” He didn’t know it, but he was giving me one of the biggest shout-outs I’ve ever received (Hey, this site is called BeDeviant!)

One of the areas Gary touched on was managing the next generation of leaders, i.e. the “Facebook Generation.” I caught one of his earlier posts on the subject on his blog and wanted to share the 12 keys to managing Generation Y as they begin to migrate into the work force.

1. All ideas compete on an equal footing.

2. Contribution counts for more than credentials.

3. Hierarchies are natural, not prescribed.

4. Leaders serve rather than preside.

5. Tasks are chosen, not assigned.

6. Groups are self-defining and -organizing.

7. Resources get attracted, not allocated.

8. Power comes from sharing information, not hoarding it.

9. Opinions compound and decisions are peer-reviewed.

10. Users can veto most policy decisions.

11. Intrinsic rewards matter most.

12. Hackers are heroes.

For a more in-depth explanation, check out Gary’s original post here. But make no mistake about it, the emerging generations need to be led differently than the previous ones. Are you ready?

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One Response to “Hackers are Heroes: Gary Hamel Melts Faces”

  1. Holly Timberlake August 12, 2009 at 1:40 am #

    I agree Gary Hamel hit the spot on this during the Leadership Summit. I wonder with the power of the Holy Spirit in us, why it takes the church so long to lead the way with inspiration and innovation. The only thing I can think of being in church leadership is we are paralyzed by fear. My prayer is that our leaders will be full of the Holy Spirit and boldly move forward in new and exciting ways and that the world will see the love of the body of Christ.