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The Book

“Tomahawk” is the result of four years’ gestation, and underwent several rewrites. After considering tackling the topic in the form of a novel, the author preferred authenticity over fiction and opted for an autobiographical essay which above all acts as testimony to a human experience.

The book introduces the reader to the world of innovation and change management, as the author himself discovered it.

How to innovate, create, change organisations or question ourselves in a world whose model of society does not prepare us for evolution?

This model, influenced by thousands of years of leadership that has been more directive than collaborative, largely derived from our religious past, and solely guided by financial productivity, which is the productivity of production, not of creation, is focusing essentially on profit generated by production.

Consequently, through the intermediary of school, it mainly fashions specialised producers, without giving them an overall understanding of their environment nor any education on how to manage change. In particular, by smothering individuals’ own identity through the injunction “Do what you’re told” and by creating competition between them, this model does not develop in them the necessary qualities for the management of change, creativity or cooperation. This results in the compartmentalisation of functions, of cultures and mentalities which adds to conflicts of interests to produce what is usually known as “resistance to change”.

This lack of “change culture” and this conditioning to financial productivity as the sole model have a triple consequence:

  • Organisations struggle to make the correct diagnoses and to apply the appropriate solutions to the issues they encounter
  • Our personal equilibrium is threatened on a daily basis due to the fact that our identity is continually trampled, resulting in frustration, aggressiveness, malaise and conflict
  • Our society struggles to make our human condition slowly evolve, and then only through brutal conflicts when people's discomfort level is such that it sparks off bloody confrontations. Like the tomahawk, which has evolved from a stone hatchet to the cruise missile which targeted Baghdad, our society has only evolved on a technological level. Our behvaiour, on the other hand, remains stuck in the brutality of the stone age. 

Today, exclusion is certainly the most oppressive of the threats which hangs over society as a whole, since it is constant and nobody can feel really protected from it due to financial speculation which goes on without any checks and balances, and which has no regard for human beings, recognising only money as a symbol of success in our society.

To fight against this threat, will we wait, as usual, for the breaking point, to massacre one another again and, finally, to fall in step with the laws imposed by the future victors, before doing it all over?

Is there any possible approach other than successive conflicts in order to make the human condition evolve, an approach which would be proactive and not reactive, an approach which would bring people together, and which would not divide and rule?

Fortunately yes, in any ore, a gem can be found. To be specific, in the field of evolution management, this nugget is the unique identity of each individual. Individuals interact to make any organisation a unique mosaic of knowledge and cultures that is very difficult to replicate. This diversity represents an inestimable potential in terms of collective creativity for those who know how to orchestrate it.

 Respect for the identity of the individual is fundamental for his or her creativity, motivation, cooperation and equilibrium. With this as the guiding principle of your decisions and actions, you can work miracles, overcome resistance to change, make possible the impossible, and bring to fruition any project of creation, however utopian.

This is what the book brings to understand over the life experiences of the author since his birth, then as a child, a father, a citizen, an executive, and an entrepreneur. Far from pessimistic, the essay looks to the future with the aim of fostering respect for the identity of the individual as one of the pillars of the schools of tomorrow.

Enjoy the book.