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Javier Fernandez Aguado

Managing Partner,

Madrid, Spain

Tomorrow we will be what today we are becoming. In reality we are what we’re not: we are what we want to become. This happens at the individual and collective level.

One Hundred Years Ahead

The human being in all ages has tried to anticipate time. The desire to know what will happen next is part of our innermost desires. While it is true that from the external point of view there are many variations, the behavior of individuals and organizations, from the beginning of the world until today, is basically the same.

I had the occasion to study many civilizations in depth, from Pharaonic Egypt to ancient Greece and Rome, and organizations as interesting as the Company of Jesus or the Templars.

One hundred years into the future will essentially be all quite similar to the present. Many of the technologies available today will have changed in parallel. This will help to develop the  epistemology (science of knowledge). It’s not change that changes it, but the speed at which it is generated.
The challenge at hand is to try to overcome organizational routines and ensure that we focus on the recovery of ethics as an essential element of happiness for mankind, regardless of the technologies available.

One of the worst epitaphs that could figure on one’s tomb  would be:  “could have been.” So, to avoid that, man must seek to form himself and the next generations. Tomorrow we will be what today we are becoming. In reality we are what we’re not: we are what we want to become. This happens at the individual and collective level.

Designing the future necessarily involves rethinking the training we are providing to new generations. Too many people are focused on both the technological and the purely financial level. Much more important than focusing on how to do things, we should pay attention to why we do them.
Moving towards the future, calls for a sensible return to the past, to ourselves. One of the great European thinkers of the fourth century, Augustine of Hippona, claimed that many people spend their lives trying to see the world, traveling, moving to new places, and the majority forget that the most exciting journey is the one towards our own interior.

Designing what will happen in a hundred years should be made not from the attitude of good will, but from the perspective of specific decisions that must be taken from today. In the case of my country, Spain, and also of others that I know well, we have to rethink the university. It is unfortunate that the formation of new generations is sometimes in the hands of bureaucrats, eagerness lacking researchers and services. Thankfully, there are exemplary exceptions. But not as many as desired.

The world in a hundred years could and should be more united, greener, more humane…that does not depend on third parties, or governments, or politicians…but on each of us.

The world in a hundred years will be the sum of what each of us are being today.



Dentro de Cien Años

El ser humano en todas las épocas ha procurado anticiparse al tiempo. El afán por saber qué sucederá más adelante forma parte de nuestros deseos más íntimos. Si bien es cierto que desde el punto de vista externo son muchas las modificaciones, el comportamiento de personas y organizaciones desde el comienzo del mundo hasta el presente es básicamente el mismo.

He tenido ocasión de estudiar a fondo muchas civilizaciones, desde el Egipto faraónico hasta la Grecia o la Roma clásicas, y también organizaciones tan interesantes como la Compañía de Jesús o los Templarios.

Dentro de cien años, en lo esencial será todo bastante semejante al presente. Habrán cambiado, paralelamente, muchas de las tecnologías de las que hoy en día disponemos. Eso hará que la epistemología (ciencia del conocer) se desarrolle. No es el cambio lo que cambia, sino la velocidad a la que éste se genera.

El gran reto que tenemos entre manos es procurar superar las rutinas organizativas y procurar centrarnos en la recuperación de la ética como elemento esencial de la felicidad para el hombre, independientemente de las tecnologías que tiene a su disposición.

Uno de los peores epitafios que podrían figurar en la tumba de cualquiera sería: “podría haber sido”. Para que eso no suceda, el ser humano ha de procurar formarse y formar a las generaciones próximas. Mañana seremos lo que hoy estemos siendo.  En realidad somos lo que no somos: somos lo que queremos llegar a ser. Esto sucede a nivel individual, y también a nivel colectivo.

Diseñar el futuro pasa necesariamente por repensar la formación que estamos proporcionando a las nuevas generaciones. Demasiadas personas están centradas tanto en el nivel tecnológico como en el meramente financiero. Mucho más importante que centrarse en el cómo hacer las cosas, deberíamos atender al por qué las hacemos.

Avanzar hacia el futuro reclama un sensato regreso al pasado, a nosotros mismos. Uno de los grandes pensadores del siglo IV europeo –Agustín de Hipona- aseguraba que mucha gente se pasa la vida intentando conocer mundo, viajar, trasladarse hacia nuevos lugares, y la mayoría se olvidan de que el trayecto más apasionante es el trayecto hacia el interior de nosotros mismos.

Diseñar lo que sucederá dentro de cien años debería hacerse no desde la actitud de los buenos deseos, sino desde la perspectiva de decisiones concretas que habría que tomar desde hoy mismo. En el caso de mi país –España-, y también en el de otros que conozco bien, habría que repensar la universidad. Es lamentable que la formación de las nuevas generaciones se encuentre en ocasiones en manos de burócratas, ayunos de afán investigador y de servicio. Gracias a Dios, hay excepciones ejemplares. Pero no tantas como sería preciso.

El mundo de dentro de cien años podría y debería ser más solidario, más ecológico, más humano…Eso no depende de terceros, o de los gobiernos, o de los políticos…sino de cada uno de nosotros.

El mundo dentro de cien años será la suma de lo que estemos siendo cada uno de nosotros hoy mismo.

Javier Fernandez Aguado Bio:

Javier Fernández Aguado, after years of working as a senior manager and then as an entrepreneur, is currently Managing Partner at MindValue Consultant (specializing in professional services for the Senior Management) and Professor at the European Forum (Navarra Business School).

He has published thirty books on Government Organizations and Creating Company, which has sold more than 250,000 copies. Some of his works have been translated into English, French, Italian, Portuguese and Finnish.

He created six models of diagnosis and management-organizational pathologies, the Imperfect Management, Management by Habits, Feelings Management, and Lead Management Will in Uncertainty, which are used by numerous organizations in various countries.

This thinker is considered one of the leaders present not only in management but also in strategy.

He has received, among many others, the award for Best Lecturer of Economics (Interban Network, 2006), Peter Drucker Award for Innovation in Management (USA 2008) and Most Valued Thinker Award (Spain, 2009). His book The Loneliness of the Manager (written with Jose Aguilar) in Britain earned the award for best book of Management in Europe in 2006.

His training and consulting work has been requested by more than four hundred organizations from thirty countries. Among them, the main Spanish insurance groups, multinationals of telephony or the Federal Government of Mexico, Ecuador and Colombia. Also the most important Business Schools: IE, IESE, ESADE Business School Pacific, Hong Kong Business School, IDDI, etc., And so on.

It belongs to the exclusive Club which hosts the ten most respected thinkers in Government Spanish people and organizations: Top Ten Management Spain.

His biography appears in all the books that collect information on reference thinkers in the field of Management. Among others, great creators in the history of Management, José Luis García Ruiz (Universidad Complutense de Madrid). In this work lists the biographies of the 91 top thinkers in government organizations worldwide. Also in the Who's Who in the Management Spanish, Alcaide Francisco (Universidad Autonoma de Madrid), Founders Leaders (editorial LID), in key talent (LID), and so on.

On February 25, 2010, was held in Madrid an International Symposium on the thought of Javier Fernández Aguado. Attended by over 600 professionals from 12 countries in Europe and America.

His work as a coach for senior managers is referred to several committees of Directors.