1. What are the disruptive forces that are necessitating an urgent change in the Mexican education system?
The world is changing at an increasingly exponential pace but our educational system, not only in Mexico, but in many parts of the world is stalled either with traditional teaching models designed for a previous society and/or to pass a test in order to receive more educational funding from Federal and State governments.
The disruptive forces are these continual and rapid changes in technology (medicine, manufacturing, communication, transportation, etc.) that require businesses, corporations, hospitals and governments to seek young people who are flexible and have the ability to adapt quickly to a constantly changing environment using their creative talents and vision.
The Internet has also made teaching “information” obsolete. (A ten year-old child can find the name of the President of Zimbabwe faster than an adult can find the same information using an encyclopaedia.) As a result education must now focus on developing a better “operating system” rather than a better “data base” in the minds of our young people.
Claudio Fernández-Aráoz, who will be presenting at the World Business Forum New York in October, offers some insights on identifying talent and making great people decisions.
1. In your book It's Not the How or the What but the Who: Succeed by Surrounding Yourself with the Best, you write how "the art of great ‘who’ decisions” - of surrounding oneself with the right people - can determine success. Are there general traps to avoid and best practices to embrace when it comes to making a people decision, or does each appointment carry its own nuances?
As Capital One’s CEO Richard Fairbank put it several years ago, “at most companies, people spend 2% of their time recruiting, and 75% managing their recruiting mistakes.” This trap is the most important one to avoid if we want to surround ourselves with the best and help them thrive. A small investment now in learning how to surround ourselves with the best will yield huge personal as well as organizational dividends in the future.