For all that, capacity is something most of us have long taken for granted, mostly because we sensed we had enough and assumed there was always more where that came from. It’s the same way we’ve long treated the resources of the planet, which as a consequence are now imperiled.
But here’s what most men still don’t fully get: It’s not a level playing field. I’m not referring to opportunities for women at the highest level in companies, or equal pay, both of which fall far short of where they should be. What I mean is the demands that working women face compared with men.
Put simply, a few wealthy men get richer on the backs and jangled brains of extraordinary inner-city athletes who have few career choices and insufficient capacity to assess the long-term costs of their choices.
The issue at these times is how to prioritize when so much is coming at us. Few challenges seem greater today than delaying instant gratification and focusing on the activities that require greater effort but ultimately yield more enduring value.
Mr. Laloux’s distillation of the common practices that characterize these companies provides a rich road map for organizational reinvention. But his descriptions of how these companies actually work — including the voices of their employees – are what make the book most compelling and convincing.