Alfred Escher's vision was the industrialization of Switzerland. He thought in terms of solid materials, that is, for eternity. Is there not a comparison with digitization, where fast successes and a focus on returns prevail?
The comparison is valid. Although, of course, the matter has changed – they were hard materials back then and invisible technology fields today – the vision remains the same: reinventing yourself on unknown territory and creating something that is visionary and “crazy”. Visions are inevitably long-term, so digitization and all its endeavours will be long-term, too. And yet: fast successes are needed. They set the course for a digital future today. Companies should not shy away from accelerating, testing new technologies, giving employees more freedom of choice and redefining leadership roles.