Why we all need to change our thinking in the digital age - Steve Sammartino (Futurist Speaker)

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Why we all need to change our thinking in the digital age - Steve Sammartino (Futurist Speaker) - 04 May 2017

Why we all need to change our thinking in the digital age - Steve Sammartino (Futurist Speaker)

Steve Sammartino is a ‘business technologist’ who will blow your mind with his keynote. Uniquely combining anthropology and technology, Steve demystifies the rapidly changing rules of business. Audiences always leave inspired and know exactly what they need to do next. Steve is just about to release his new book The Lessons School Forgot which is an instruction manual for hacking your mind and acquiring the skills to take control of your life and fortunes in the digital age. Steve is also a best-selling author of The Great Fragmentation, a business manifesto for the technology revolution. It has been translated into multiple languages and has a 5-star rating on Amazon.

Here the Futurist Speaker shares his insight and expertise about the future of the technology revolution we are currently experiencing.

It is not even debatable that we are in the midst of technological revolution

Disruptive technology is the management focus de jour. Every company worth its salt is digging deep into what startups are doing and how they might upend the structure and profitability of their historically stable and profitable industry. Most corporations went from 'what’s all this internet tech', to 'oh this stuff might be real', to 'oh they’re eating our profits and we better get serious about it'.

Twenty years into the era of the omnipresent web, some in the disrupted categories adapted, and survived, but few legacy companies, if any have thrived. This isn’t because they didn’t re-assess their technology strategy, it’s because they forgot one important thing – companies are made up of people. And few if any legacy companies have bothered to make their staff future proof, and certainly not future-proof them in a way that is independent of the firm they happened to work for. So here’s a counterintuitive thought, that few C-Suite leaders would ever consider.

“How do we help our employees get ready for the economy of the technology age within their own lives outside of work?”

Why would they? 

Most staff members don’t stick around for more than a couple of years, so it would be a poor investment to teach staff technological and financial independence and their place in the economy. Why teach staff about how corporations really work, where the money flows and how to reboot their entrepreneurial spirit. 

What if they take all this knowledge and just leave? Surely they would.

But what if we created an organisation filled with entrepreneurs who understood the future, their place in it and how to not just grow the company they work, but to grow themselves? Humour me and imagine for a minute an ecosystem filled with people who themselves were designing the workplace of the future, a company of the future and also that they might not need the company they worked for. 

Maybe they could ‘graduate’ and run their own firm, a startup partly funded by their previous employer. Where both become long-term beneficiaries of this new way of thinking, where we help each other grow and create new organisations, revenue and interdependence. By truly championing employees not just to do good things for the company, but for themselves economically, then companies and the people would become partners, not parties of an ‘industrial era’ type of employment transaction. 

The relationship could live beyond the period of formal employment. Maybe, it would form the beginnings of an innovation hub for new ventures and business systems. All by simply respecting and educating the staff – I mean people, beyond their day to day work responsibilities.

Companies with the courage to truly empower its people and think beyond itself would generate something special, something different. The people inside it would truly care about the company. It might even be a little bit like parents preparing kids for a life without them, but this time the staff graduate and leave home eventually, but also feedback the organisation and respect it with a life long relationship, no matter how distant, geographically or economically separate. And if the company was like a good home, they’d ironically face the same problem most good parents do, the kids never want to leave! 

And then we need to think about the reputation this employer would garner – they’d become an incredible employer of choice. A place where smart young kids want to be, to work to learn and to earn together.

Ok, maybe I’m just a little Utopian with all this, but you know what – I’m trying to help everyone see a better way of how the future could be. A future that could never happen unless we unlock thinking beyond a school style follow the rules mentality. And only when we give more, will we ever have more. Instead of being taught to be go-getters, maybe it is time we all started being go-givers!

The Lessons School Forgot

My new book, The Lessons School Forgot is about a world where the future is about independence and what it means. It presents the truth on this technology revolution, how we all generate revenue in a corporate and personal sense and how we re-invent ourselves as people – the core parts of any economy. 

Only once we realise that corporations and people are essentially the same thing, will we ever be able to build something of value that isn’t just a short-term leverage. We instead must give each other as much knowledge and respect as possible, like families do. The Lessons School Forgot is a manifesto for a world where we can all win together.

Discover more about Steve here.


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