The Tortoise and the Hare at Work

by Sydney Finkelstein

Pity the tortoise in the 21st century. Stolid, careful, slowly-but-surely… the ways of the tortoise seem quaint in the face of an onslaught of hares running amok, whether creating new businesses (Facebook, Amazon, Alibaba) or disrupting old ones (Uber, Roku, Coursera).

But remember, in the classic Aesop's fable it is the plodding tortoise, and not the speedy hare, that crossed the finish line first.

Is it possible that the tortoise could still win today? And what of the hare — so quick but impulsive and unschooled, calling to mind the ‘all-nighter’ young executives at . . .

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