The Age of Foolishness
“I am an increasingly concerned optimist.” That’s the message Siemens Chairman Jim Hagemann Snabe opens his DLD20 speech with. Echoing the words of Charles Dickens, Jim Snabe declares the digital revolution as the best of times and the worst of times. “With current technologies we are able to solve most of the problems”, he says. “But we are solving the wrong problems and its time we got our act together.”
Snabe calls for a dramatic change in problem-solving and leadership strategies. Rather than looking backwards and using linear projections, the starting point for innovations should be defined by where they can go, he argues. Snabe’s vision: “Europe should be the human version of how we use technology […] To enhance human beings, make them more creative and unleash their potential.”
Jim H. Snabe is Chairman at Siemens AG, Chairman at A. P. Moller-Maersk and Vice Chairman at Allianz SE. He serves as a member of the Board of Trustees at the World Economic Forum and is the former Co-CEO of SAP AG. With over 25 years of experience in the IT industry, Snabe’s focus is on leadership in innovation, digitalization and the contribution of business to society.