time to changeLast November 22nd, I had the privilege of attending the Andalusia Management 2018, in the Palace of Congresses and Exhibitions of Malaga, where I was able to attend together with 400 senior executives from the South of Spain a series of speeches under the slogan “GROW IN THE EXHIBITION “carried out by speakers of first national and international level. From the various presentations, I was able to draw two fundamental conclusions.


Firstly, Spain and the spaniards are a very valuable asset, since we are, together with South Korea, the countries with the highest GDP growth in the last 50 years.


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Secondly, and this is where we have a great difference against us with many other countries, it is essential that the governments of the countries and their institutions give firm support to the companies so that they invest in innovation and, in this way, growth occurs in strategic sectors that allow a sustainable benefit for society.

“it is essential that the governments of the countries and their institutions give firm support to the companies so that they invest in innovation”

This is the reason why certain countries or areas such as Silicon Valley or the already named South Korea concentrate a large amount of industry and business at the forefront of innovation and the creation of the future that will come.

It is in this second point where I want to do all the necessary emphasis, because it is truly sad that in the current circumstances, where the whole environment is changing at a speed that we have never seen before, and that anticipation is a key factor in strategic industrial positioning. We remain anchored in the past and making populist proposals that only lead to a more determined mood, instead of thinking about what future we want to have in order to make the right decisions in the present.

“the whole environment is changing at a speed that we have never seen before, and that anticipation is a key factor in strategic industrial positioning”

Spain must leave behind the complexes and look forward, because it will be the only way that our country, qualified as one of the best to live, is also one of the best to “be able to make a living” in professional activities that go beyond of the services sector.

You just have to navigate a bit through the internet to realize that there is a multitude of compatriots who are in positions of responsibility worldwide, in companies and sectors of reference, but unfortunately a few of them stay within our territory.

We all have to assume our responsibility, not only in the election of those who govern us, but in the demand of what we want and in how we want it to be managed, for which, the first ones that we have to change our way of thinking are our own spaniards, convey our concerns and clearly demand where we want to be positioned as a country and as a society, close once and for all the wounds of the historical past, because unfortunately the past is immovable, consider that we are where we are thanks to that past, that if we put everything on a scale weighs much more what has been won than what has been lost, that the whole is greater than the sum of the parts and that we have a lot of potential.

It is time to change

Only at the moment when each of us in the first person are able to modify our way of thinking and lead our energies forward will it be time, with the necessary moral honesty, to demand that our leaders focused the decision-making towards the goal of common good for the whole country, what the population really needs to face the future with happiness and optimism and that position us where we deserve to be.

And if they are not competent to do so, let those willing to compromise with future generations, who will be the ones who judge, and above all suffer, the consequences of good or bad management.

Arturo Gálvez.

The species that survive are not the strongest, nor the fastest, nor the most intelligent, but those that adapt better to change.” After this phrase expressed by the English naturalist Charles Darwin in 1859 in his work “The origin of species” there is a reality perfectly applicable to the current business situation.

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The evolution of the professional environment

We are immersed in the 4th. Industrial Revolution, and globalization and the constant advances in information and communication technologies, to which we must add the convergence between digital, physical and biological technologies, are causing the professional environment in what we are right now does not look like anything that was only 5 or 10 years ago, and even more dizzying is that it is not going to look anything like what we will find in a few time.

Adapt to new challenges

Business organizations face an exciting challenge; adapt themselves as quickly as possible to the changes that occur, since it is the only way to differentiate and stay in this new battle field where what is valid today, tomorrow may not be, and the speed of adaptation will be the key in the equation that will allow companies to continue making profits and stay alive in the medium and long term.

Adaptability to change

Reality has changed, and we can choose to accept it and adapt, or live with our backs to it and assume that, sooner rather than later, we will be out of the game. It is time to make a deep reflection about our structures, consider whether we are optimizing our resources correctly and if we have a cost scheme that allows us the adaptability that is required, and we must do it quickly in order not to lose distance with our competitors . Only with a clear determination and taking the propper decisions that allow us to be flexible, under my humble and personal point of view, we will be able to face the future with security and confidence.

Arturo Gálvez.