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AI and Automation Present a Choice for a Post-COVID World: Business as Usual or Business Unusual

AI and Automation Present a Choice for a Post-COVID World: Business as Usual or Business Unusual

Today, we stand at a crossroad where we can go in one of two directions: perish in ‘business as usual’ or thrive in ‘business unusual.’  Automation Anywhere is helping the world automater epetitive tasks through RPA (repetitive process automation). They’re doing so to reduce the everyday, menial tasks of employees to free them up for more creative and imaginative tasks and also to staff the jobs of the future…today. I was asked to speak on this subject at this year’s…

Digital Transformation in 2021 and Beyond – A Prediction

Digital Transformation in 2021 and Beyond – A Prediction

Salesforce executives shared their 2021 predictions for the future of work, digital transformation, and business innovation. While there will always be unknowns, Salesforce executives believe there are important scenarios and technologies businesses must plan for in their approach to the new year. What’s clear is that the opportunities for transformation and innovation are not only abundant, but also focused on a digital imperative. Brian Solis, Salesforce’s Global Innovation Evangelist was also included in the mix of important predictions. Serving the…

In these dark times, be the light: How to boost your business through innovation

In these dark times, be the light: How to boost your business through innovation

In 2020, Emakina and I partnered on a special #FastTrack webinar to help brands become the light in these dark times. The conversation was titled, “How to boost your business through innovation in the current and future context.” Leading up to the event, Luc Malcorps of Emakina and I explored topics in the webinar, but also work leading up to COVID-19 that may prove more meaningful now than before. I hope this helps you… The Covid-19 crisis unhinged society and…

Distracted: A Modern Manual for Living a Creative, Productive, and Happy Life in the Digital Age

Distracted: A Modern Manual for Living a Creative, Productive, and Happy Life in the Digital Age

Somewhere along the way, we got distracted. As much as we multitask, love our devices and feel like we’re in control, deep down we know that something is off. Shortened attention spans, declines in critical thinking, lack of sleep, self-doubt and decreased creativity are just some of the effects coming to light in an age of digital distraction. It’s time to reclaim our lives. It’s time to take control. We are the first generation to deal with tech overload. All…

How Distractions and the Multitasking Myth Hurt Employee Productivity and Focus

How Distractions and the Multitasking Myth Hurt Employee Productivity and Focus

Dear managers and HR professionals, today’s global health disruption is accelerating another pandemic, a digital pandemic… Work collaboration tools were supposed to help us reduce time spent on unnecessary emails. However, studies show that employees still spend an average of 209 minutes – three and a half hours – each day checking email. While that’s down from 256 minutes in 2016, it seems that collaborative apps aren’t replacing email, but simply adding yet another layer of distraction during our workday….

How to Keep Digital Distractions from Killing Your Creativity

How to Keep Digital Distractions from Killing Your Creativity

I was on Twitter recently and saw a link to a page titled, “5 must-read Harvard Business Review articles” by The Enterprise Project. Then I noticed that it specifically referenced an article on “how to keep digital distractions from killing your creativity.” “That sounds familiar!” I thought. I was pleasantly surprised when I clicked through see that my article in HBR was selected and also created as a stand-alone PDF. I wanted to share it with you here… “There are…

How I Help Business Audiences Embrace Innovation, Disruption and Change to Lead the Way Forward

How I Help Business Audiences Embrace Innovation, Disruption and Change to Lead the Way Forward

We live in an era of #DigitalDarwinism. These are disruptive times and they challenge everyone…leaders and executives…employees, customers, and partners…and, you and me. AI, Crypto, Quantum Computing, Blockchain, AR/VR, facial recognition, wearables, IoT/IIoT, 5G, automation and 20 other disruptive technologies will only continue to change everything as we know it. Digital transformation, innovation, and new leadership are needed to survive and thrive. The future either happens to us or because of us. I’ve spent my entire career as a digital…

Riding the Next Wave of Digitally Driven Innovation

Riding the Next Wave of Digitally Driven Innovation

The cloud is a key enabler of business transformation. IT leaders, business executives and digital transformation architects are migrating to the cloud to modernize operations enterprise-wide. I was invited by IDG/CIO and Microsoft Azure to share my views on cloud-driven digital transformation across private and public-sector institutions. Some of the topics we discussed include: Big data/analytics – how companies can turn data into insights and revenue growth using the cloud, analytics and other tools Workplace transformation – how technology is…

All This Technology is Making Us More Human

All This Technology is Making Us More Human

Part 2 of 2 I once had the honor of giving a TEDx Talk in San Francisco. I’ll never forget it. Even though I speak for a living, speaking at TED honestly terrified me. There’s something about the TED stage, the big ideas and the iconic personalities who have graced it over the years that has a way of grounding and even intimidating you. The experience was so powerful and life-changing, I sought to subject myself to the jitters and butterflies…

Sorry not Sorry, Millennials and Centennials Don’t Want to Work for You

Sorry not Sorry, Millennials and Centennials Don’t Want to Work for You

Part 1 of 2 I once had the honor of giving a TEDx Talk in San Francisco. I’ll never forget it. Even though I speak for a living, speaking at TED honestly terrified me. There’s something about the TED stage, the big ideas and the iconic personalities who have graced it over the years that has a way of grounding and even intimidating you. The experience was so powerful and life-changing, I sought to subject myself to the jitters and butterflies…

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