Sberbank CEO Herman Gref and Ekaterina Andreeva attending the 2011 Montblanc New Voices Award and the Montblanc at Mariinsky Ball at the Catherine Palace in Pushkin, Russia, on June 18, 2011. Source: Pascal Le Segretain/Getty Images Europe. Courtesy of Zimbio
“Out of 7 Billion People, 6 Billion Will Be Eliminated”: Who Herman Gref Thinks Has No Place in the Future
September 25, 2019
According to Graf, “people of the future” will need three vital qualities.
“We have outlined three competencies that typify the ‘man of the future.’ The first is a person [sic] who is highly creative. Second, this person has a well-developed capacity for systems thinking. You will agree that finding a really creative person who thinks systemically is a huge rarity. Out of seven billion people, six billion will be eliminated. The third component is the ability to get results,” Graf said.
He also noted that each of these qualities is a “sieve” through which the majority of people pass.
“Ultimately, very few of them are left in the funnel,” he said.
Graf believes we must start educating the “people of the future” in kindergarten, and then at school and university.
The Sberbank chair was also asked where, in his opinion, it was better to invest money, in people or technology.
“It’s impossible to invest in technology without investing in people. Of course, you have to invest in people,” he replied.
Earlier, Inc. reported that Graf would not like to live in a country where “oligarchs call the shots.”
“The state should mind its own business, and entrepreneurs should mind their own. It’s a problem when oligarchs take powers, and it’s a problem when the state engages in business,” the head of Sberbank said.
Thanks to George Losev for the heads-up. Translated by the Russian Reader