The recent CS virtual conference “Transformation of Business” featured exciting speakers, great insights and a lively discussion. At the beginning of the conference, I had the opportunity to have an inspiring discussion with Carsten Knop and exchange ideas. Our main focus was on what the economy and society need now, in the post-COVID world.
The message is clear: Now is the time to define ambitious goals. Why do things not move forward at the moment? Here a brief summary of how we see it:
- The frequently referenced error management culture is still wanting — both in enterprises and in the public administration.
- Projects and regulations are often specified down to the smallest detail, trying to eliminate any unexpected or unplanned occurrence beforehand. And that' s how we get in our own way.
- Carsten Knop couldn’t have summed it up better: "Politics is just a reflection of society. We need more pragmatism, and more risk. When managers make a decision, they also have to acknowledge when the make mistakes; we finally need a corporate culture that allows us to make mistakes and to learn from them.”
- What went through my mind was: try out more, think less about making mistakes!
After the pandemic, the corporate world will have to define their own future once again. So far, many companies have been flying by sight. But the fog has lifted. Now it's all about foresight — we need to define where we're headed. To this end, we now need new corporate visions with far-reaching, ambitious goals. This applies equally to the economy and the government: Ambitious goals that lead us to take bold action, that take us forward in the long term, and for which we will jointly develop solutions that will comprehensively change processes in day-to-day life and society. Ambitious goals will inspire us, both as employees and as citizens, and provide a sense of new beginnings after the COVID period. This mindset will not only drive digitization and digital transformation in a unique manner. The topic that will need our urgent and immediate attention in politics and in the economy is sustainability.