Oil tankers and speedboatsMartha Wagteveld-Osborn
Oil tankers and speedboats
“Speedboats are proactive, agile, look outside themselves, connected to a network, menno lanting bring added value to the customer, citizen or co-worker, and never stop learning. This is in stark contrast to professionals and organizations who remain firmly anchored in the age of industry, they are the oil tankers,” I told a group of HR-directors. On the periphery of my vision, I could see one of the directors becoming more agitated by the second, wringing her napkin to virtual shreds. Finally she burst out: “But Menno, I do notice speedboats like that within my organization, but in reality most of them are in the process of leaving our company! What am I supposed to do with the huge grey mass of leftovers, who are sluggish to the end and cling to the unions and the works council in resistance?” The ensuing silence was deafening. Menno Lanting has embarked on a journey to discover what the future holds for innovation, organizations and work. He engaged in discussions with a hundred inspiring professionals and entrepreneurs all over the world. And Lanting has succeeded in distilling many practical tips and useful insights from their cases and experiences. Now you, too, can learn the tricks of the trade from such diverse and important organizations as Airbnb, Audi, NASA, Netflix, Philips and the WWF. Menno Lanting is widely regarded as the ultimate expert on the impact of digital technology on leadership, business and the way we work. As a speaker and consultant he is very much in demand. He has written four best-sellers so far and won a prestigious Dutch prize for the best Management Book of the Year 2011.