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Mixing It Up At The MIX

I’ve lucky enough to be involved with the creation of the MIX (of which Dell is a sponsor). More to come on that. But a nice post over at HBR on the MIX. Here’s the highlight:

Professor Gary Hamel, one of the most prolific authors in HBR history … (has) launched an online platform called MIX — Management Innovation eXchange — designed to unleash, attract, and highlight ideas from all sorts of people, in all kinds of organizations, in every part of the world, that can help reinvent the work of management itself — or, in their words, "the technology of human accomplishment." Who better to write a new agenda for business than the grassroots leaders who are getting things done every day?

The MIX Manifesto reads as a kind of intellectual rebuttal to the leadership mindset defined by the Fortune 500. The defining challenges for management going forward, it argues, are to "mend the soul of business; unleash human capabilities; foster strategic renewal; distribute power; reshape managerial minds; and seek balance and harmony."

Today, for most of us, those noble goals and big dreams are just that. They don’t have much to do with the day-to-day realities inside most real-world organizations. But we’ve all encountered organizations, we’ve all spent time with leaders in various walks of life, who are making a difference by working differently, who are creating lasting value based on the values they bring to their work, and who are determined to share the wealth their organizations create. The folks at MIX are eager for these grassroots innovators to (ahem) throw their ideas into the mix, and, thus, individually and collectively, help shape a new and more human agenda for competition, business, and leadership.

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