Top of the week to you, BoostStrappers-
I'm a little slow on the uptake here, but I was just informed that Michael Hammer passed away last Wednesday. He was 60.
Michael Hammer may be unfamiliar to most (and if you did know of him prior to reading this, then please send your resume to firstname.lastname@example.org) but his influence holds a monumental place in business. He is considered by many to be the forefather of Business Process Reengineering (BPR) which was tremendously popular in the 1990s and is thoroughly significant in today's business climate which is filled with M&A.
Hammer's 1993 book, "Reengineering the Corporation: A Manifesto for Business Revolution" was one of the first business books I ever read. Admittedly, it was wayyyyyyyyyyy over my head, and only when I had to learn Six Sigma and TQM processes did I crack open that book again - this time with a full appreciation of Hammer's insight. Hammer drafted a few more books since then but nothing really matched the influence of that seminal book.
I'll close this post with a link to Hammer's management consulting firm and I urge you to take a closer look at the contribution of Michael Hammer.