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The Future of Business is Under Construction and You are Its Architect

The Future of Business is Under Construction and You are Its Architect

WTF? What’s the future…? Disruptive technologies are hailed as catalysts for business transformation. But they are merely enablers for defining a new genre of market relevance and leadership. Among the subjects of disruption, how we work, market, sell, and serve requires nothing less than remodeling and in many cases, complete redesign. The reality is that the future of business is always under construction. Yet, the state of business as usual is still pervasive and very much rooted in the past….

In the Future of Work, Technology is Both a Problem and Solution

In the Future of Work, Technology is Both a Problem and Solution

As a digital analyst and anthropologist, I’ve studied over the last 20 years, the evolution of disruptive technology and its effect on business philosophies and models. At the same time, I’ve also studied disruptive technology’s impact on society and human behavior. If I had to share just one thing I’ve learned along the way, it’s that markets are splintering into two notable camps: 1) traditional and 2) hyper-connected aka Generation-C (connected). While this may at first glance seem either obvious…

The Art and Science of Human Centered Change and Innovation

The Art and Science of Human Centered Change and Innovation

When it comes to employee engagement and experience, innovation and digital transformation, corporate culture is under appreciated and largely neglected. Did you know that 85% of employees around the world are not engaged or actively disengaged at work according to Gallup? This global “norm” costs approximately $7 trillion in lost productivity. Titled “Culture 2.0 – The Art and Science of Human-Centered Change and Innovation,” my keynote at the Digital Workplace Experience aimed to change that. Culture is incredibly important to the…

Reinventing Field Service Management and the Entire Mobile and Remote Workforce

Reinventing Field Service Management and the Entire Mobile and Remote Workforce

If you work in field services or as a tech strategist/consultant in mobile and remote work, I think you may find this conversation interesting. Everything about the future of work is being reimagined. I recently joined ZDNet and Sodexo for the Savvy Business Leaders podcast series. The conversation quickly expanded beyond the realm of field service management to explore all digital trends that are affecting and empowering businesses in all industries at every level. Please listen and let me know…

Attention Students and Entrepreneurs: Here’s Why The Social Sciences are More Important Than Ever

Attention Students and Entrepreneurs: Here’s Why The Social Sciences are More Important Than Ever

Somewhere between Summer and Fall, I spent an unforgettable moment with Andrea Koppel. The good news is that we recorded our conversation. If the surname sounds familiar, it’s because Andrea is the daughter of iconic broadcast journalist and host of Nightline Ted Koppel. Andrea is a force of her own however. Among many things, she’s the host of the uber-popular Time4Coffee podcast. It’s a show dedicated to students and entrepreneurs where “caffeinated career conversations” guide listeners in their studies and career…

The New Experts: How Robotics, AI and Automation Are Shaping the Future of Your Work

The New Experts: How Robotics, AI and Automation Are Shaping the Future of Your Work

Sophia, the AI-powered robot who was infamously granted citizenship by Saudi Arabia recently beat me out for two keynote speaking opportunities. True story. This is how I opened my presentation  at the KQED studios in its inaugural Silicon Valley Conversations program, “The New Experts: How Robotics, AI and Automation Are Shaping the Future of Your Work.” The event focused on the way new technologies are changing how we work, where we work and the skills we need to work. I joined Michael…

The Nexus of Digital, IT and Science Fiction in the Future of Work

The Nexus of Digital, IT and Science Fiction in the Future of Work

I have to tell you, I am absolutely loving the Digital Outliers podcast series and I hope you are too. In this episode, I get to talk with Brenda Cooper who among many things, is the CIO for the city of Kirkland, Washington. She is also a futurist and the author of nine science fiction and fantasy books. Her most recent novels are POST (Espec Books, 2016) and Spear of Light (Pyr, 2016).  Her other works include Edge of Dark (Pyr, 2015), The Creative Fire(Pyr, 2012), and The…

The Possibilities of Possible

The Possibilities of Possible

Sometimes success is a poor teacher. It lulls us into contentment and complacency.  Instead of always striving for greatness and relevance, we’re instead focused on iteration and incrementalism, improving what is, to progressively  grow our success rather than concurrently challenging what works today to innovate and create new opportunities for tomorrow. Your greatest enemies in breaking new ground are those who have have already benefitted from previous success. They want more and their experience validates their path. But that was…

Business Innovation, Culture 2.0 and the Importance of Shared Experiences

Business Innovation, Culture 2.0 and the Importance of Shared Experiences

Leo Bottary is a well-known author and keynote speaker. He’s also a long-time friend of mine. For several years, I had the opportunity to tour the Vistage conferences as they toured the U.S. I nope to experience the opportunity to meet CEOs and senior executives on their home turf and hear their challenges and accomplishments again soon. Since I last spent time with him, Leo has launched a popular podcast, Year of the Peer, that explores the latest trends driving…

A Real-Time Conversation About AI and the Future of Work

A Real-Time Conversation About AI and the Future of Work

 I recently had one of the most fast-paced, fun and provocative conversations I had in a while. It wasn’t something that happened in IRL. Instead, this real-time conversation took place on Twitter.  Organized by Cognizant and Pega prior to #Pegaworld, I joined Ben Pring, author of What To Do When Machines do Everything as well as Cogizant and Pega executives and AI/FoW experts on Twitter, to discuss the unfolding reality of  AI and its role in the future of work. And, more importantly,…

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