When people are empowered they think more creatively, they act in a liberated way and they offer so much more potential. Our current day offers us all so much when it comes to being empowered. I'm literally amazed when I think of how much democracy and technology have evolved over the last 200 years. Last week a 14 year old was granted her wish to be cryogenically frozen when she passed away in the hope that one day technology will be able to bring her back to life. I can't even imagine what the world would be like if it takes 200 years for science to awaken her and what the world will be like.
We all spend most of our time at work, and the digital revolution has meant that we have so many ways to do our work now. Apart from all of the different devices we can use, think about all of the thousands (probably millions) of programmes and applications that exist now to assist us with our work! We can connect to the internet at 35,000 feet above the Earth as we fly between continents for meetings. We have never had so much autonomy and power to fulfill our potential as individuals.
So what does this mean for employers? From huge companies to the smallest of start ups, access to tech is easier than ever. But more importantly than that I think we have to recognise that one thing remains the same; people. We all have the same basic wants and desires and ambitions as our ancestors did 200 years ago. To make our families safe, to create wealth, to learn, to be promoted. It is this simple and basic truth that companies should put at the heart of their strategy and day to day. When everything else changes, what can the leaders do to capitalise? Empower and listen to the best asset in the company more than ever. The people.
Gone are the days when a company’s C-suite monopolizes decision-making. The traditional organization of a business—the C-suite at the top, employees executing their commands, and consumers accepting what decision-makers crank out—has been turned upside-down thanks to digital transformation.