- Paperback: 296 pages
- Publisher: Basic Books; 1st Trade Paper edition edition (December 4, 2012)
- Language: English
- ISBN-10: 0465028764
- ISBN-13: 978-0465028764
- Product Dimensions: 6.8 x 0.8 x 4.8 inches
- Shipping Weight: 10.7 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
- Average Customer Review: 41 customer reviews
- Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #560,523 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Hasso Plattner, Founder and Chairman of SAP Supervisory Board
This is a seminal work that explores the personal and professional implications of a powerful convergence of technologies, ranging from in memory databases for speed, massive parallel processing in the cloud, access via telephone for anything, anytime, everywhere. We are just beginning to understand what this means for us. The authors help us to understand where and how pull will change our lives and our work given the new digital infrastructures re-shaping our landscape. It offers us a roadmap that we neglect at our peril.”
John Doerr, Partner at Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers venture capital
"The Power of Pull is a powerful new meme for navigating and networking in the 21st century.”
Harvard Business Review
In a ferociously dynamic world, what happens if we can't plan but can only adapt? We must move, say the authors, from push to pull. At the center of the pull strategy is an individual (not a corporation) who has access to knowledge flows, takes advantage of porous boundaries and serendipitous interactions, and occupies new creative spaces to achieve a novel order of performance. I know. It's a complex model with several moving parts. But it makes for an exhilarating read as the authors sublimely reinvent the world of enterprise."
The Power of Pull examines the how question”how can we effectively address our most pressing challenges in a rapidly changing and increasingly interdependent world? In The Power of Pull, John Hagel, John Seely Brown, and Lang Davison highlight fascinating new ways in which passionate thinking, creative solutions, and committed action canand willmake it possible for us to seize opportunities and remain in step with change.”
Newt Gingrich, former Speaker of the U.S. House of Representatives
The Power of Pull will do for our 21st-century information-age institutional leadership what Peter Drucker's The Concept of the Corporation did for industrial-era management. This book begins to create a body of learnable principles that will revolutionize our ability to access and work with knowledge flows.”
Eric Schmidt, Chairman and CEO of Google
Hagel, Brown, and Davison have given us a provocative and insightful look at the power of today's knowledge flow. If you want to meet the challenges of working and living in the 21st century, this book should be your guide.”
Mark E. Tucker, Former Group Chief Executive of Prudential plc, Member of the Court of the Bank of England
We live in a global village, where borders are blurred, where all humanity could and should be responsible for the well-being of others. The Power of Pull proposes fresh insights that coalesce into a powerful way forward in this new world. This erudite manual for change is a testament to the creativity and insight of its authors.”
Marc Benioff, CEO of Salesforce.com
As social media and enterprise cloud computing continue to exert their democratizing influences, the Power of Pull will become a key principle for success. The individuals who learn how to use these tools most effectively are the ones who will pull their institutions into new heights of rapid innovation, improved performance and significant achievement.”
Walter Isaacson, President and CEO, the Aspen Institute, and author of Einstein: His Life and Universe
This brilliant and exciting book shows how to pursue your passions by harnessing the power of networks. Success no longer comes from possessing knowledge; instead, you have to participate with others in creating a flow of knowledge. The power of pull'the ability to draw out people and resources for each endeavorcan transform both individuals and institutions.”
Joichi Ito, CEO of Creative Commons and Internet venture investor
Connecting many important threads through beautiful metaphors and wonderful narratives, the authors provide both a mind-expanding view of how the world is changing and a solid framework and context to approach the future for anyone interested in surviving and enjoying it.”
John Naisbitt, author of Megatrends
In times of unprecedented change, we as individuals and institutions can have extraordinary leverage and influence if we marshal the passion, knowledge and resources necessary to achieve great things. The Power of Pull empowers and guides us to make the most of today's enormous possibilities.”
Richard Florida, author of The Rise of the Creative Class and The Great Reset
Stop whatever you are doing and read this amazing book. The authors totally nail it. Digging beneath the surface of stuff that distracts us on a daily basis, they unpack the deep forces that really truly matter and provide a guidebook each of us can use to unleash passion, transform how and why we work, and restore destiny and dignity to our lives.”
About the Author
John Seely Brown is the independent co-chairman of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and a visiting scholar at the University of Southern California. He is co-author of the best-selling book The Social Life of Information. He lives in Palo Alto, California.
Lang Davison was the exectutive director of the Deloitte Center for the Edge and the collaborating writer for the best-selling and critically acclaimed book Net Gain, Net Worth, authored by John Hagel. He lives in Portland, Oregon.
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Though the book may be short on real life examples that we can relate to, it is a very important body of work. We have to recognize that happenings in the edge (of the business ecosystem) may not be so obvious as we are accustomed to recognizing corresponding happenings at the core of the business ecosystem, The book succinctly argues that in this emerging 21st century economy, scalable mass collaboration brings together the people centered expertise and innovative ideas needed to address the very complex challenges, as well as the humongous opportunities all around us. This is hugely different from the last century model of mass production. The book convinces us that it is clear that our existing institutions, firmly rooted in the world of push, will require significant redesign in order to effectively harness the potential of pull. Institutional innovation - redesigning the roles, relationships and governance structures required to bring participants together in productive endeavors - will be a key requirement. In fact, the book argues that institutional innovation will trump either product or process innovation in terms of potential for value creation. Clearly this calls for well studied efforts to make this leap and I believe that The Power of Pull is one of the companions that shall help us navigate through this transition to conquer greater heights!
It seems to me the publishers are still a last century push company. This insensitivity is like being a parent of a dyslexic or highly functional autistic child, who is told his child is a retarded idiot. If we talk about recession, and if we hope the recession will pass and we will be happy as before, you must read this book. The "push" companies believe we can predict the future, we can plan resources being pushed wherever they want, and we can make money ad infinity as if the society is made of force-feeding geese. This is why most top five hundred companies are factories for meekness, people put up with jobs that make them chronically unhappy. They do what5 they are told to do, as if the company knows everything, and particularly the elites know everything. Here is quote from Betterness Manifesto that summarizes what this book says in essence:
"Work. You're worth something. Stop giving your talent away to organizations that misallocate it, underutilize it, and possibly even abuse it. If you're doing something meaningless, quit. Betterness can't happen if you're spending your life churning out toxic junk. It can only happen when more meaningful work is done. Find a company that's better. Better yet, start one. No, it's not easy. But here's the thing: over the next decade, the businesses that can't do better, the ones you're giving your talent away to, are to go extinct anyway. Cut the cord now, before the axe falls and cuts it for you."
You must read this book to understand why it is revolutionary and relieving the pain we are not crazy or sick felling miserable working for all these big stupid companies, just because we need the bi-weekly check. There are alternatives, I hope, no despair. Yet it is not a book for everyone. Sadly society moves ahead with only about 5% of the people doing something about it.
The power of pull is a litmus test to prove we are not sick, the illusion of freedom might become reality, work and happiness can be synonymous.