The Work and the Future podcast is a forum to discuss the trends shaping the future of work. Is remote work here to stay? What skills should our kids have to ensure their future? Will robots take our jobs - oris the notion of a job done anyway? Economist Linda Nazareth, herself an expert on the future of work, engages with those on the front lines of change to talk about what comes next and how we can best negotiate the world emerging.
Episode 45: Is Data-Driven Hiring a Good or Bad Thing?
Is data-driven hiring the future, and if it is should we be happy or a little bit scared? With the economy heating upm we are seeing a surge in hiring, or at least a surge in companies trying to hire. As they look for the best hires, some are turning to ‘data-driven hiring’ basically making the best use of technology to fill roles rather than culling through resumes the old fashioned way and relying heavily on interviews. As might be expected this is a huge and controversial way to hire and there are pluses and minuses to the approach. Professor Matthew Bidwell of the Wharton School joins us on this episode to look at the pluses and minuses of choosing workers this way and why there is probably no going back.
Matthew Bidwell is an Associate Professor of Management at the Wharton School. His research examines new patterns in work and employment, focusing in particular on the causes and effects of more short-term, market oriented employment relationships. He has conducted detailed research on careers and mobility within and across organizations. He has also published a number of studies on contracting and outsourcing, among both IT professionals and managerial workers.
Matthew earned a Ph.D. from the MIT Sloan School, an S.M. in Political Science from MIT, and an M.Chem from Oxford. He has won multiple awards for his research and teaching, and is a faculty co-director of the Wharton People Analytics Initiative.
Episode 44: How Should We Communicate in the Hybrid Workplace?
How do we present and communicate now that we are in hybrid work world? .We have gotten used to presenting virtually to a team that is perhaps far-flung, so what happens now when we have to get back to the office and communicate to a team that partly in person but partly somewhere else? Do the same rules apply? And what about in-person presentations and interactions – do we even remember how to do them?
Our guest today is Nick Dalley, President of Intentional Communications. He works with all kinds of communicators, including broadcast professionals, to get their messages across and he has some practical tips on how to handle the new challenges of communicating as we get back to the post-pandemic world of work.
Nick Dalley, President of Intentional Communication, Inc. helps professional communicators get their messages across more effectively whether the recipient of the message is a television audience or an individual. Nick has been in the business of presentation skills development for the past 20 years. Beginning in the ’80s Nick worked for 10 years with a New York presentation development firm. Prior to establishing ICI, he worked for nine years with a large, Dallas- based broadcast coaching concern where his title was senior talent coach and vice president of Executive Development. He has also served as an adjunct professor for the Business Leadership Center at SMU’s Cox School of Business. He currently serves as an executive coach at The University of Texas Executive MBA Program.
Dozens of TV stations, American, European, and Canadian (CBC, CTV, BNN, Global) and US TV networks (ABC, CBS, CNN) have improved the human element of their programming by applying Nick’s recommendations. Having previously been the coach for ABC’s Good Morning America and a nighttime magazine program for the same network, Nick has had personalities in his coaching sessions ranging from the country’s best known political broadcasters to Jim Kelly (former quarterback for the Buffalo Bills). Fortune 500 companies from coast to coast have entrusted their CEOs, middle and upper managers to Nick’s training techniques as well. Heads of state, politicians at the highest levels of Texas state politics, a San Antonio mayoral candidate, and attorneys needing to refine their presentation skills have turned to Nick for help in telling the whole story, not just the part represented by the words.
Nick attended The University of Texas, received a bachelor of arts in communication from The University of Texas, Arlington, and earned a master of fine arts from Trinity University of Texas.
Nick Dalley’s website
Are Online Courses the Future of Education?
As we move towards the future of work, it is becoming increasingly clear that that that might mean re-thinking education models. We tend to think of education as being a few years after high school then maybe the odd course to pick up new skills when you are working, but really we should be thinking in terms of continuous retraining and reskilling. That can be done a lot of ways, but one that is really gaining traction is by doing sel-paced online learning courses which are already a huge force and are becoming a bigger one. As of 2019 that market was worth about $5.6 billion, a figure that is expected to hit $7.9 bllion by 2025.
To talk about what is driving the demand, we are joined by Chris Haroun who is the founder and managing partner at Haroun Educational Ventures. Chris designs and sells courses on the website Udemy, and to date he has sold about 1,000, 000 of them on the subjects of business and self improvement, so he knows a lot about this market and why it is growing and has lot to share on the subject.
Udemy Teacher & Founder of Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program
Chris has sold more than 1,000,000 of his online business & self improvement courses in 12 languages in 196 countries and his courses have been profiled in Business Insider, NBC, Inc, Forbes, CNN, Entrepreneur & on other business news websites. Chris is the author of the #1 best selling online business course called “An Entire MBA in 1 Course®” & more than 50 other courses.
You can access coupons for his best selling courses and learn about his new Haroun Education Ventures MBA Degree Program® at this address: HarounEducation.com
He’s the author of the book “101 Crucial Lessons They Don’t Teach You in Business School®,” which Business Insider wrote is “the most popular book of 2016.” Forbes called this book “1 of 6 books that all entrepreneurs must read right now.”
He is the founder & CEO of Haroun Education Ventures, an award winning business school professor, MBA graduate from Columbia University & former Goldman Sachs employee. He has raised/managed over $1bn in his career.
He also has work experience at hedge fund giant Citadel, consulting firm Accenture & several firms that he has started, including an investment firm that had a venture capital investment in Facebook several years before the Facebook IPO.
He is a frequent guest lecturer at several Bay Area MBA schools including Berkeley & Stanford. He also has an undergraduate degree with a major in Management Information Systems & International Business from McGill University where he is a McGill University Dobson Fellow (awarded for his work mentoring students with start up business models).
He has founded several companies & serves on the boards of several Bay Area companies & charities, including LEMOfoundation.org & Providing Opportunities for Women. He lives in Hillsborough, California.
According to Business Insider “Haroun is one of the highest rated professors on Udemy, so you can expect to be in good hands through the course of your education.”
He is passionate about education as he believes that all problems can be solved via education.
Episode 42: What Can Australia Teach Us About Post-Pandemic Work Life?
Australia is held up as an example to those of us in North America and elsewhere in the world. They did not completely escape the pandemic, but they came pretty close and for the most part, they are back at work in offices, if they want to be. Still, things are not exactly the same as they were before the world had heard of Covid-19. What lessons does Australia have for us about post-pandemic office life? Our guest today is Robbie Robertson, Managing Partner, Virtual Office for Deloitte Australia. He joins us from Sydney to talk about what we should be thinking about in terms of our work and work spaces as we come closer to going back to the new normal
Robbie RobertsonManaging Partner, Virtual Office
Robbie is a global, award-winning design & customer experience strategist specialising in the fusion of people, spatial & digital experiences.
With 23 years experience in London, New York, Singapore and throughout SE Asia as well as Australia, he is also an Associate Professor of Design at Swinburn University.
As the Managing partner of the Virtual Office in Australia he leads a team of specialists who help clients with their virtual enablement journey, developing hybrid workplace strategies that bring together tech, space, people & place to deliver exceptional customer & employee experiences.
Design thinking is at the heart of every conversation and projects that Robbie likes to be involved in, with extensive experience with clients such as J&J , Nab, Aristocrat, ANZ, Siam Bank, Novartis, CBA and Link Group.
Episode 41: How Much Should We Worry About Long Term Unemployment?
We are getting good news on the economy and the labor market but are the statistics telling us the whole story? Even with a surge in hiring and a fall in the unemployment, there is a core of people who have been out of the labor market for a while and who are not being absorbed back in with the upswing in the economy. It is a problem that existed before the pandemic and which cannot be vaccinated away. To talk about what is going on and whether there are any policy fixes that might work, we are joined today by Ofer Sharone, who is Associate Professor of Sociology at the University of Massachussetts, Amherst and an expert on the phenomenon of long term unemployment.
Associate Professor, University of Massachussetts, Amherst
Professor Sharone is a nationally recognized expert on long-term unemployment and the author of Flawed System/Flawed Self: Job Searching and Unemployment Experiences (University of Chicago Press), which won multiple awards from the American Sociological Association. His work has received wide attention from national media including the New York Times and the PBS Newshour, and he has been invited to participate in policy discussions at the White House and the Department of Labor. Sharone is also the founder of the Institute for Career Transitions, an organization focused on supporting long-term unemployed workers. Sharone received his PhD in sociology from the University of California Berkeley, his JD from Harvard Law School, and is currently an associate professor of sociology at the University of Massachusetts Amherst.
Episode 40: How Can You Get Control of Your Time?
Whatever else is going on in the economy or the world, one thing that never seems to change is our battle to have enough time to do everything we feel we need to get done in our work (and in our personal) life. We all have these lofty goals of what we are going to accomplish, but at the end of the day we often find that we are disappointed in what we had intended to do? So how do you get control of your time and how do we set realistic goals as to what we are going to do and how we can accomplish them? Our guest today is Sabina Nawaz and she is a global CEO coach as well as and a keynote speaker and a writer. She counsels those in the C-Suite on how to let go of ‘magical thinking’ and figure out how to get control of their time and she shares her insights and tips with us.
Sabina Nawaz is a global CEO coach, leadership keynote speaker, and writer working in over 26 countries. She advises C-level executives in Fortune 500 corporations, government agencies, non-profits and academic institutions. Sabina started her career in software development at Microsoft and then led the company’s executive development and succession planning efforts for over 11,000 managers and 700 executives. In addition, Sabina has spoken at hundreds of seminars, events, and
conferences including TEDx. Currently, she sits on the board of Power and Systems, a leadership development institute. Sabina believes the greatest privilege of working with executives is bearing witness to their acts of courage. Look for more of her stories, insights, and advice on thriving as a
leader on Forbes, Harvard Business Review, and Inc.
Sabina’s education includes a B.A. in Computer Science with a minor in Electronics from Smith College, an M.S. in Computer Systems Engineering from the University of Massachusetts, and several certifications and advanced training in leadership development
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