Review: Patterns of Growth to Live By...
Jim's comments: I picked up this book on a whim at the W&L bookstore my senior year in college. I don't know anything more about G.T.L. Land than what is reflected here in this book. For me, this all I need to know. This book changed how I look at and understand the world.
This book's most important thread of wisdom is in its underlying systems theory. For Land, all living systems are either growing or dying, there is no sustainable stasis. Further, Land brilliantly explains how there are only three fundamental patterns of growth which apply in all cases.
There is accretive, replicative and transformational growth. Accretive growth is merely "getting bigger", which is the underlying model for virtually all business organizations, at least those prior to the nanocorp. Sure, companies spin off (replicate) subsidiaries and new ventures; but fundamentally our shared world of business is about accretive growth; which, incidentally is also the Achilles Heel of Business.
A nanocorp, since its founders are its only employees, is committed to non-accretive growth. And since all organizations are either growing or dying, this means that nanocorps use replicative and transformative growth to sustain our existence. If you truly intend to be a nanocorp, you must read and understand this book.
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