The future of work: taking over the reins of innovation

We´ve seen before how new powers and social, technological and economic trends are changing the business world. The future is uncertain, but full of possibilities.

Fortunately, anxious business competition is finally giving in to action, as shown by the ‘GE Global Innovation Barometer 2014 – Insight on Disruption, Collaboration and the Future of Work’, which surveyed executives from 26 different countries.

Many admitted they were still searching for a perfect business model. Yet most are determined to take over the reins of innovation in their firm – seeking new talents, partners and technologies.

In fact, two-thirds of the business executives questioned believe they need to encourage creative behaviour among their employees, so that all can find solutions together. A revolution in internal processes must be undertaken. Companies must transform themselves from within.

Bringing down walls
In this around-the-clock evolving marketplace, non-flexible, hierarchical, closed work organisation won’t succeed at managing talents, allocating resources, developing strategies or winning products. So, they are bringing down walls and structures, bureaucracies, encouraging employees to work together.

Collaboration is the key to the future. ‘It is the only way for companies and professionals to survive in an ever changing world, of intense competition, which calls for a constant renewal of ideas’, says professor Gary Hamel in an interview for the magazine ‘Exame’ Brazil, speaking of his latest book ‘What Matters Now’.

This means you have to practice proactivity and develop the habit of coming up with new paths and solutions together, instead of pointing out problems. This means reinventing your business culture and innovation models. But how can it be done?

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Pedro do Carmo Costa, Exago’s director and co-founder

Francisco de Rhodes Sérgio, VP Inbound and Sales for LATAM

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