By Steve Denning – In traditional management, “Strategy gets set at the top,” as Gary Hamel often explains.
“Power trickles down. Big leaders appoint little leaders. Individuals compete for promotion. Compensation correlates with rank. Tasks are assigned. Managers assess performance. Rules tightly circumscribe discretion.”
The purpose of this world is self-evident: to make money for the shareholders, including the top executives. Its communications are top-down. Its values are efficiency and predictability.
The key to succeeding in this world is tight control.
Its dynamic is conservative: to preserve the gains of the past.