The Human Economy: The Irreplaceable Human Factor

In this thoughtful piece from the Harvard Business Review, Dov Seidman discusses our evolution from an industrial economy to a knowledge economy to our current human economy. The key differences? While knowledge is useful, and we certainly need to create things, the human element is irreplaceable. Our ability to inject humanity – to Notice, to act, and to apply creativity, passion, and character – cannot be replaced by a machine. And it is these abilities which help differentiate brands and companies, elevating those who do it well. This shift is important for us as leaders to recognize and consider as we focus on the humanity of our work, and capitalize on those things that humans uniquely do best.

What “human factors” are essential to your organization? As we introduce more technologies, how can we be sure to foster the essential human elements that help shape our culture?