Finding a recommendation to read The Prince by Niccolo Machiavelli as part of understanding of corporate structure was rather unexpected 😉 Listening to the book (OK, now I have an excuse to enjoy a historic treatise) right after the book Future of Management was very enjoyable.
To some degree, the issues are very similar – we, humans, tend to be unprepared for change (as Machiavelli laments about territories lost by hapless rulers) and smart alliances are needed for both keeping power in 16 century Europe and encouraging innovation in the Big Blue.
There was also an interesting difference. To “keep” their territorial possessions, the 16th century price just needed to keep his ground. Just to “keep” its markets, a 21st century company has to change constantly.
Ah… good old times… but, thankfully, we don’t need to worry about loosing our heads if our companies did not succeed 🙂