The tech revolution will hit us all soon. How can any organisation survive and thrive?
Headlines predict that whole industries will be decimated by Artificial Intelligence and automation. Some bosses and bankers are rubbing their hands at the prospect of cost savings and staff cuts.
But there is another way. New technology can also empower teams, fuel creativity and make people happier.
At Simply Business, twice voted the UK’s best company to work for, big data and automated systems are being harnessed to generate positive growth, staff are currently trialling a four-day week in their Northampton office. In this bold blueprint, CEO Jason Stockwood – named by the Sunday Times as the UK’s best leader – shows how any organisation can think freshly and benefit from technology by putting its people first.
Jason has set out a vision for business which is more inclusive, engaging and optimistic. This is an important addition to views of the future.
Theorists like me may have argued for doing business in a way that promotes widespread prosperity instead of extraction, and long-term purpose over short-term profit, but Jason Stockwood is in the trenches showing us all how very possible it is to operate this way. By stressing intrinsic improvement over extrinsic innovation, Reboot focuses on how real-world competencies are the key to grounded, sustainable, and socially positive enterprise.
Jason has pulled off a remarkable feat in this book, which crisply articulates the challenges facing the commercial world, by laying out a series of actionable steps that will make the world a better place. As a father of three young children, I hope that other business leaders can also be inspired by his ideas so that we can all help reboot the equation, and create a more compelling vision for the future.
In a world of rapid technological change, companies of all sizes must keep their finger on the pulse in order to remain competitive. Reboot is a manual for every business leader to understand what’s happening in technology, why, and most importantly, how their companies can leverage each new wave of transformation.
The acceleration of technologies and the disruption to traditional industries are well documented. How we can address those changes are less obvious. In Reboot Jason has tried to demonstrate how business leaders can take a more innovative approach to the tools and methods they can use to ensure their businesses work better for shareholders and for society.
Shareholder primacy is the wrong operating system for business. Many of the best, fastest-growing, most forward-looking businesses have realised there is an alternative. They are designing a new operating system that changes everything – from what “leadership” is, to what “employment” means. An operating system that redefines “value” itself. Jason is one of the most successful practitioners of this new operating system, and here he gives a masterclass in it. It is essential reading for anyone who is interested in what will lie behind business success in the future.
Countless pages have been devoted to the story of the technological forces that are inexorably transforming the global business landscape. Stockwood has written the rare book arguing that business leaders have a great deal of choice in shaping how this story will play out. Based on his experience leading tech-driven ventures, his study of the psychology of motivation, and his keen observation of the economic forces driving markets, he shows how leaders can embrace uncertainty, experiment their way to success, and build organisations that thrive by augmenting the abilities of their workers, instead of by exploiting them. I recommend Reboot to anyone who is willing to rethink the way businesses are currently run.
This is a very timely, thoughtful and readable book as views on future technologies range from wild optimism to abject fear. The book makes rational arguments about why and how technological advances can be deployed sensibly for wide benefit, to businesses, their employers and customers and to wider society.
Read this book and pause for thought. It sets out a vision for business which entrepreneurs can readily sign up to, with a promise of commercial and social gain for many, not the few. Authority comes from it being written by a man who’s been there and done it. This has to be on your to-do list.
Is your business changing at a rate and scale like never before? Are existing norms and best practices increasingly not up to the task of dealing with today’s challenges? Then it’s time to reboot and I can think of no person better placed to help than Jason Stockwood. Enlightened. Inspiring. And importantly, full of compassion and humanity. Reboot is the modern-day playbook for people in business today, who also want to be there tomorrow, too.