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Agility: A New Book For The 'World Of Disruption'

Nov. 10, 2019 12:28 PM ETWU, GOOG, GOOGL4 Comments
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  • The current world is a world of accelerating disruption and those that world within it must adapt to this reality or become irrelevant.
  • To adequately deal with change, however, one must create the right culture and this can only be done with leadership that builds the organization around trust, honesty, accountability and empowerment.
  • Then, as Leo Tilman and General Charles Jacoby write in their new book "Agility," the company can go out and "treat change and adversity as opportunities" with great promise.

Today, I am reviewing the book "Agility” (Missionday publishers: 2019) written by Leo Tilman, advisor to major companies, institutional investors and governments around the world, and General Charles Jacoby (Ret.), former commander of NORAD and U.S. Northern Command.

The book is subtitled, “How to navigate the unknown and seize opportunity in a world of disruption.” And, that is the backdrop for the insights that Mr. Tilman and General Jacoby bring to us in their work.

I am particularly interested in their efforts because of my writing on the “new” Modern Corporation and the transformations taking place in the corporate world of today. All businesses are having to deal with an environment the authors describe as one of “accelerating disruption.”

The world of today is in constant disequilibrium and it is up to the leaders in this world to meet this challenge. And, Mr. Tilman and General Jacoby believe that these leaders must operate in this world with a "bias toward offense" and must “treat change and adversity as opportunities.” Furthermore, in this sense, the authors see the world as one with “great promise.”

But, these changes impact the “new” organizations just as they challenge the “legacy” corporations.

In terms of the “legacy” firms, there is the tendency to hang onto “static business models” that tie them to the past even though they are not fully aware of being “tied-up” like this. They become “sitting ducks.”

However, there is also the “new” corporation that has trouble identifying its business model.

For example, Tilman and Jacoby discuss the case of Alphabet (GOOG) (GOOGL), the parent company of Google. Alphabet, Inc. is a big tech company… right?

Well, the authors argue that the company, in 2016, generated approximately $90 billion in revenues, of which close to 90 percent came from advertising.

“From this

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John M. Mason writes on current monetary and financial events. He is the founder and CEO of New Finance, LLC. Dr. Mason has been President and CEO of two publicly traded financial institutions and the executive vice president and CFO of a third. He has also served as a special assistant to the secretary of the Department of Housing and Urban Development in Washington, D. C. and as a senior economist within the Federal Reserve System. He formerly was on the faculty of the Finance Department, Wharton School, the University of Pennsylvania and was a professor at Penn State University and taught in both the Management Division and the Engineering Division. Dr. Mason has served on the boards of venture capital funds and other private equity funds. He has worked with young entrepreneurs, especially within the urban environment, starting or running companies primarily connected with Information Technology.

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