Where Has All the Ambition Gone? James Champy writes:
When Michael Hammer and I introduced the concept of reengineering in our 1993 book, managers took up the ideas and used them to attack fragmentation, bureaucracy, and the crawl of their organizations. Companies mobilized to bring about work and process changes that contributed to the dramatic improvements in productivity of the 1990s.
Today, in contrast, many leaders are almost cynical about new ideas. If one were to construct an ambition index, you’d find evidence of a growling bear in the idea marketplace. Virtually every barometer is down: published business books, leadership lectures, consulting revenues, corporate investment in developing the knowledge, skills, and abilities of employees, venture capital money and deals, and issued patents. The numbers reflect a severe idea recession.