Inclusive growth in the digital age

During the session “Inclusive growth in the digital age” I learned this:

  • At 5:00, Erik Brynjolfsson mentioned that technology has always been destroying as well as creating jobs. Recently, there has been an important change, for example in the way that median income has stagnated. He added that when you digitize something, you can make a free, perfect copy of it and distribute it instantaneously anywhere around the world. Those 3 attributes – free, perfect, and instant – we did not apply to goods and services throughout most of history.
  • At 12:30, Hans Erik Vestberg mentioned that throughout all technological revolutions that we as human have lived through, we have always created jobs. He added that due to the fact that Ericsson is transforming fast, there are changes regarding the people working for the company. Last year, 19,000 people started working for the company, and 14,000 stopped working for the company. Hans Erik Vestberg also mentioned that today, less than 15% of the people working for the company are based in Sweden.
  • At 14:40, Vishal Sikka mentioned that technology makes people more productive. He also mentioned that there’s a new frontier of “problem finding” that people will continue to do.
  • At 18:15. Ajay S. Banga mentioned that the most important thing you can do is invest in education and infrastructure. He added, that the smartphone is an unbelievable opportunity to connect people with each other. The many different networks / communities that people can connect to using mobile electronic devices help people find new opportunities.
  • At 22:20, Peter T. Grauer mentioned that technological changes are happening at a higher speed than changes in institutions. As an example of an area where we need changes to happen, he mentioned educational institutions. At 32:25, Peter T. Grauer explained that he spends much of his time helping people with low income get access to higher education. At 35:30, Vishal Sikka put focus on the need for each one of us to continue to educate ourselves throughout our lives – no matter where we are. He also noted that Internet access / being connected to the Internet will help us educate ourselves anytime and anywhere. Erik Brynjolfsson added that there’s a need to rethink / reinvent education.

At 38:28, the moderator, Gillian Tett, asked each of the five panelists the following question: Who thinks that income inequality is going to decline over the next 5 years in the Western world?

  • Vishal Sikka said “It’s not going to decline in my view”.
  • Hans Erik Vestberg said “I hope not. I’m optimistic.”
  • Ajay S. Banga said “I would say it’s not going to decline, although I wish it would change.”
  • Peter T. Grauer said “no.”
  • Erik Brynjolfsson said “It’s a tricky question. It’s our choice. The people in this room can help decide whether or not that happens.”

Praise / reward the process

The talk, by Carol Dweck, embedded below highlights some interesting initiatives for praising / rewarding people. Why not try and start out this year doing this:

# 1: Stop praising / rewarding a person’s intelligence and talent.

# 2: Start praising / rewarding process, for example by a) giving grades such as “not yet”, b) praising / rewarding a person’s improvement / progress from period A to period B, c) praising / rewarding a person’s focus on a topic, d) praising / rewarding a person’s perseverance, and/or e) praising / rewarding the effort a person makes to learn something / reach a certain goal.

Unboss

Tired of the bossing going on at various companies / organizations? Below is great 2 minute video with some concrete tips about unbossing the way you do things. In the video, Lars Kolind talks about some key aspects / issues from the book UNBOSS that he wrote with Jacob Bøtter. Lars Kolind mentions, for example, the importance of finding your purpose. He also talks about the importance of involving external people – which you can do using, for example, a blog, and/or other social media . Towards the end of the video, Mr. Kolind touches on a few points related to how management is done.  Regarding this last point, I come to think, for example, of the importance of learning, for example through listening and/or other learning strategies. To get involved in unbossing the way we do things at work / in life, join in on, for example, the Twitter hashtag #unboss and/or on the blog at unboss.com. Have a great time.

 

What can we do better to make great ideas happen?

There’s some great sharing of ideas going on across many different social media / crowdsourcing platforms / brainstorming tools as well as in many different meetings / seminars / workshops. The book / report below centers on what we can do better to make the great ideas, that are shared across these and other fora, happen — and thereby create even more value for more people.