The future of business is predicated on change, on innovation, and on thinking beyond not only the competition, but also the needs and expectations of customers. The future – for successful businesses – means having employees equipped with the skills and knowledge to thrive in these unstable conditions.
Tony Cicio, chief human resources officer at Argo Group, believes the best way to build this kind of workforce is to hire professionals from a range of disciplines. Argo’s workforce is diverse in professional knowledge and career experience. This assortment of talent translates into a company culture that, Tony contends, has the courage to change, strives always to innovate, and insists on remaining ahead of the proverbial curve.
“Argo isn’t a bureaucratic place to work,” he says. “There’s a fast-paced, entrepreneurial spirit that is a real part of who we are as a company.”
Tony holds that successful businesses are increasingly those that are willing to embrace this spirit of change. He says: “The keys to the workforce of the future are professionals who have the capacity to think out of the box, who have the capacity to drive change, and who are most comfortable with bringing their authentic selves to work, so that when they are challenged, they feel free to express their opinions.”
Tony Cicio is senior vice president and chief human resources officer at Argo Group. A strategic business leader with more than 30 years of experience, Tony leads all human resources functions and activities at Argo Group.