I started Moon Shots on an impuse that was triggered by Gary Hamel's article, Moon Shots for Management, which appeared in the February 2009 issue of Harvard Business Review. In fact, at the moment I created the Ning website, I hadn't even read the actual article, only the summary that's on the HBR site. It was a spur-of-the-moment action. There was no vision and no grand plan.
That was little more than a month ago. Since then, 121 people have joined Moon Shots, including five of the "renegade brigade" whose deliberations formed the basis of Gary Hamel's article. And now I'm wondering how we might harness the collective wisdom and talent of our community.
I'm aware that people joined for different reasons. My hunch is that some did so just to see who else was here. Some were curious to find out what was being discussed. Some wanted a platform for their cherished ideas. Some hoped to find new clients for their consulting practices. And some wanted to be active members of a community that believes, as Gary Hamel does, that:
“‘Modern’ management, much of which dates back to the late nineteenth century, has reached the limits of improvement. Equipping organizations to tackle the future requires a management revolution no less momentous than the one that spawned modern industry.”
What was your reason for joining Moon Shots?
Was it curiosity?
If so, you now know who's here and what they're saying, and you might like to review your membership of the community.
Was it to get yourself a platform for your pet ideas?
If so, you've probably done that by now, and you might like to review your membership of the community.
Was it to find new clients for your consulting practice?
If so, you've probably discovered that the community consists mainly of consultants and academics, and you might like to review your membership of the community.
Was it to be an active member of a community? If so, please take a moment to consider how we might harness the collective wisdom and talent of our community, and post your thoughts below.
And, if you haven't already done so, upload a photo and write something about yourself on "My Page". I'm trusting everyone to do this. I don't have the time, the energy or even the inclination to be the membership conditions cop.
If the Moon Shots website has served its purpose and we have no further work to do together, so be it - I'll close the site down.
However, if there is still useful work that we can do as a community, I'm happy to keep the site going and serve as its steward.
Please contribute your comments now, before other matters demand your attention.