John Hagel III and John Seely Brown
We are delighted when we get approached by readers to discuss our latest book, The Power of Pull. Based on our encounters with readers, we see four themes resonating deeply.
Feeling more stress? You are not alone. We all feel increasingly stressed. This stands in stark contrast to the daily news headlines focused on the early signs of an economic recovery. Is this stress all in our minds?
The 2009 Shift Index for the U.S. Economy, which we released in June 2009, revealed a troubling long-term trend: return on assets (ROA) for U.S. public companies declined by a staggering 75% since 1965. This long-term view of company profitability calls into question the health of U.S. corporations. This is a wake-up call for executives running these companies. They have become so focused on short-term quarterly performance and economic cycles that they have completely lost sight of longer term trends that, in the end, have a far more profound impact on corporate performance.
This performance deterioration experienced by companies ripples down to all of us working within these companies. Even those of us not working for companies find that we are facing intensifying competition from talented individuals around the world. So, the stress is real. Our book validates this, but more importantly, it provides pragmatic pathways to overcome this stress, both for individuals and for companies.
Serendipity can be shaped. Being in the right place at the right time is not a new concept; the catchy little phrase has been with us since childhood. But is a fortuitous encounter that leads to a new business contract pure luck? Are some people luckier? Does luck last?
We believe you can shape serendipity. This is a very counter-intuitive notion. After all, most of us believe that serendipity is pure luck. How can you shape luck? While chance is an intrinsic element of serendipity, we believe that you can significantly alter the probability and quality of the unexpected encounters in our lives. Seguir leyendo “Shape Serendipity, Understand Stress, Reignite Passion”