Leadership: innovate and put work first

It is vital to rely on technology and work-life balance to face the future

Leadership: innovate and put work first

The leaders of today and tomorrow have to be responsible and reactive, a pre-condition necessary to  Being a leader means, most of all, taking responsibilities and developing solutions based on shared values. The transformation takes place through inclusion, a process that has to occur both locally and globally.

Practically speaking, it is a matter of making a consistent effort to establish a relationship of trust through practical actions aimed at public interest rather than private profit. Today this coincides with acquiring awareness of what innovating implies. Digital technologies provide great opportunities to do so, but the mere availability of new tools does not necessarily mean that such tools have become widely available.

Training and work-life balance
Having a real impact on society means creating a system that establishes a connection between those who offer tools and those who need them to improve business and innovate their environment. A responsible and reactive leader aims to organize training programs meeting the true needs of young people and putting them in contact with the labour market. Which are the most sought-after jobs today? While Italian universities struggle to keep up with the times, the leaders of today should provide solutions by taking into account the labour market data.

At the same time, it is essential to provide new job opportunities that allow people to balance their work with their private life. The number of self-employed workers keeps growing, thus increasing the need to act in a more flexible way. This implies, for instance, having offices open 7 days a week, and offering additional services such as conferences, relax areas, gyms and nurseries. If the notion that anyone is productive at a different rate is true, than it is also true that jobs need to reflect this variety. Labour is the founding pillar of our society; how we work has, therefore, a crucial impact on everyone’s life.

The new technologies in the future
Facing the future with responsibility and proactivity means gaining awareness of the role new technologies are going to play in the short term. If, on one side, the borderline between the physical, digital and biological realms will gradually become blurred, on the other side the degree of interconnection among professionals holding different backgrounds will not diminish. Thus, a new paradigm is going to take shape, in which the more specialised workers need to find meeting places to develop new synergies.

Despite the future is intrinsically connected with the development and adoption of new digital technologies, we cannot overlook physical platforms. These places, in fact, represent real opportunities to develop new projects, exchange skills and confront on labour perspectives and behaviours. The leaders of today have to acknowledge the importance of physicality to create new job opportunities beyond the potential of digital technology.

Thinking in a responsible and innovative manner means, therefore, interpreting technology and its role in the future, without forgetting that evolution starts from passion, a distinctive feature of human beings.

(Translated by Cecilia Braghin)


Davide Dattoli

Davide Dattoli Founder e CEO di Talent Garden SpA – la piattaforma fisica dove creativi e professionisti del digitale lavorano, imparano ed entrano in contatto. La rete di Talent Garden conta oggi 18 campus in 6 diversi Paesi europei. Davide è Board Member di Digital Magics, incubatore di startup digitali che forniscono prodotti high-tech, quotato alla Borsa di Milano. Nominato da Wired uno dei TOP 5 innovatori in Italia, ha partecipato come speaker ad eventi nazionali ed internazionali tra i quali Wired Festival, TEDx, Ambrosetti Forum, etc. per parlare di temi quali innovazione, tecnologia e Digital Trasformation. Prima di fondare Talent Garden, Davide è stato senior consultant per il gruppo Condé Nast, Il Sole 24 Ore e Il Giornale di Brescia. Ha tenuto lezioni e conferenze presso le Università di Brescia, Roma, LIUC a Castellanza, l’Università di Economia Bocconi – Milano e la London Business School.