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What Matters Now: How to Win in a World of Relentless Change, Ferocious Competition, and Unstoppable Innovation by Gary Hamel

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4.2

PUTTING INDIVIDUALS AHEAD OF INSTITUTIONS

I live half a mile from the San Andreas fault—a fact that bubbles up into my consciousness every time some other part of the world experiences an earthquake. I sometimes wonder whether this subterranean sense of impending disaster is at least partly responsible for Silicon Valley's feverish, get–it–done–yesterday work norms. Build your company quick 'cause tomorrow we may all get flattened.

Like many sorts of change, major tectonic events happen very slowly and then all of a sudden. The earth's wandering plates are held in check by friction for decades or centuries, and then one day the forces of change finally break loose and the planet erupts.

Social convulsions aren't usually as abrupt as earthquakes, ...

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