Around this time last year, we were completely shifting our routines and ways of working. With lockdowns in effect in most of the countries, we found ourselves forced to adapt to new schedules, new routines, and new challenges.
Personally, I feel that the past year has been one of my most productive years so far.
I’ve recently started to think about the many things we haven’t been able to do for some time, like going out, traveling, conferences, and so on, but then I also started to realize just how many other things I have actually done that were on…
We live in a world dominated by competition. And we are taught that competition is one of the main drivers of capitalism, which in turn is what helps us thrive and grow richer.
But is it?
Peter Thiel, in his book From Zero to One, argues that competition is far from being the good thing we’ve all been taught, but rather it has the potential to limit innovation. I tend to agree. In a world where any idea gets replicated thousands of times, we barely see new innovation at the rate we should actually see it.
When ideas get replicated…
In the 1950s there was a popular management theory emerging. It was focusing on the needs of everyone rather than those of a select few. The increase in technology and connectives has also helped in the decrease in the prevailing ideology of putting shareholders above everyone else. It seems that after 70 years this theory is, once more, gaining traction.
It’s called Stakeholder Capitalism.
Stakeholder capitalism is a system in which corporations are oriented not only to serving their shareholders but also to serving the interests of all their stakeholders: customers, suppliers, employees, shareholders, and local communities.
Sounds utopic, right?
In light of the recent pandemic spreading globally at an ever-increasing rate, many companies have taken a wise approach to let their employees work from their homes. While it is obvious that there are many jobs that can’t actually be performed from home, most of the ones related to tech companies and internet services never actually had a need for the classical office model.
While some companies have already pioneered this concept years ago, most of the biggest businesses have actually been forced in the past week to take these decisions.
❓ So what now?
During these isolation periods that…
I’ve recently finished a book called Team of Teams. One would imagine that a book written by a US General would not necessarily provide insights into agility and innovation. I’m proud to say I was wrong. Really wrong.
General Stanley McChrystal was the commander of the US Joint Special Operations Task Force, created to address the growing threat of Al Qaeda in Iraq. It soon became obvious to him that despite having the most advanced technology, funding, fighters, and intelligence, they were losing the battle. And that happened because their old ways of operating, although precise like a Swiss clock…