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The Light and Fast Organisation: A New Way of Dealing with Uncertainty by [Patrick Hollingworth]

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In the summer of 1938, a team of four young men for the first time successfully climbed the North Face of the Eiger, a notoriously difficult mountain face in Switzerland. On the long ascent, the team survived rockfalls, storms, and near-death experiences on this mountain face that had already claimed six lives in the preceding three years. The climb took the team a grueling 96 hours.

In the winter of 2008, Ueli Steck, a leading Swiss alpinist, made the same ascent up the North Face of the Eiger. He climbed alone and carried little more than two technical ice axes and a small backpack. He reached the summit in less than three hours.

Steck's approach was simple: he climbed light and he climbed fast.

In business, the stakes may be different, but the difficulties are the same. With volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity (VUCA) everywhere, successfully reaching the summit depends on how you approach the mountain.

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On Wednesday 13 February 2008, Swiss mountaineer Ueli Steck made history by climbing the North Face of the Eiger, a notoriously unpredictable and storm-prone mountain in Switzerland, in a record time of two hours and forty-seven minutes. On the surface, Steck's approach was staggeringly simple: he climbed light and he climbed fast.

The North Face of the Eiger provides the perfect metaphor for the world we live in today. We are experiencing our own unpredictable and violent storm, caused by complex interactions between people, places and technology. This storm is creating an increasingly confused landscape of volatility, uncertainty, complexity and ambiguity, and most of today's workers and organisations are not appropriately equipped to respond.

Although business and mountaineering share many parallels, they are rarely explored beyond superficial colloquialisms about 'dreaming big' and 'never giving up'. In this book, Patrick Hollingworth introduces the 'light and fast' approach, a refreshingly new and insightful perspective that arms you, and the organisation you work for, with the right mindset and skills to take advantage of the opportunities ahead.

You will learn how to:

  • flip business convention to prepare for an uncertain future
  • understand change and unearth opportunities
  • see uncertainty and complexity as opportunities to be embraced
  • create a 'light and fast' organisation that is truly agile and innovative
  • get comfortable with uncertainty and discomfort, to achieve more, faster.

The Light and Fast Organisation offers a unique approach for overcoming the world's most perplexing business challenges and reaching the summit before the storm arrives.


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5.0 out of 5 stars Great read
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5.0 out of 5 stars VUCA Is Not The Issue, Pace & Proximity Are. Nevertheless, An Excellent Effort! A Book To Keep Close At Hand.
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