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If you think this is just another podcast, think again. We are the voice of the most important crucial conversations confronting business leaders and people today. Our goal is to bring you ways to reimagine tomorrow and explore the impact and convergence of business, technology, and people.

Recognized as one of the top all-time leadership and management podcasts (Goodpods), top leadership podcast (Podcast Tonight), top 1.5% of all podcasts (Listen Notes), Top 100 podcast (Chartable) to mention a few!

Geeks, Geezers, and Googlization Show Ira S Wolfe

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    • 4.9 • 50 Ratings

If you think this is just another podcast, think again. We are the voice of the most important crucial conversations confronting business leaders and people today. Our goal is to bring you ways to reimagine tomorrow and explore the impact and convergence of business, technology, and people.

Recognized as one of the top all-time leadership and management podcasts (Goodpods), top leadership podcast (Podcast Tonight), top 1.5% of all podcasts (Listen Notes), Top 100 podcast (Chartable) to mention a few!

    Dancing with Chaos: Essential Skills to Navigate a Never Normal Future

    Dancing with Chaos: Essential Skills to Navigate a Never Normal Future

    Amidst the tornado of technology and transformation, do you sometimes feel like you're two-stepping with uncertainty? Fear not, because this week’s episode of Geeks Geezers Googlization is pumping up the volume to not just survive, but THRIVE in the eye of the storm. Get ready to unpack the world of adaptability, leadership in times of chaos, and how to navigate the blistering pace of exponential change with Carly Abramowitz, author of the new book "Dancing with Chaos.” Here a few key takeaways:
    1. Adaptability Is the New Stability - Master the key skills to dance confidently with chaos: Root Yourself, Accelerate, Navigate.
    2. Tech Tectonics - Grasp how the seismic shifts in technology over the last 20 years have reshaped the choreography of our lives.
    3. Six Grounding Moves - Learn the intricate steps to feel rooted amidst the rhythm of change: hope, courage, focus, building solid relationships, creativity, and practice.
    4. The Symphony of Skills - Discover how to synchronize feeling rooted with the adaptability quotient for harmonic balance.
    5. Mindset Metamorphosis - Embrace the importance of shifting from a linear thinking pattern to a growth mindset as the global knowledge doubling accelerates.
    The chaos around us doesn't have to be the Big Bad Wolf. Instead, it's an open door if we’re brave enough to step through with a mindset tuned to innovation and possibility. Isn’t it time to start listening?
    About Carly Abramowitz
    From Boston to Paris, Carly Abramowitz has always danced to her own rhythmic beat. A graduate of Northwestern University, she's not just an innovator, she’s a dynamic force of creativity and energy in a world of constant change.
    Driven by depth, purpose, and an insatiable zest for life, Carly founded CA Consulting Group in 2005. Today, the international firm stands at the forefront of elevating leadership, sales, and communication training for global giants.
    Carly has also served as Vice President of The Kitson think tank and as the French ambassador for Singularity University.
    Website: https://caconsulting-group.com
    Book: Dancing with Chaos
    Connect with Genie
     

    • 51 min
    Unleashing Better Leaders and Workplaces Insights from Former WD40 CEO Garry Ridge

    Unleashing Better Leaders and Workplaces Insights from Former WD40 CEO Garry Ridge

    In this episode, Vivian Blade talks with guest Garry Ridge, chairman emeritus of WD-40 Company and founder of The Learning Moment, about the importance of company culture in today's workplace. They discuss the impact of culture on employee engagement and retention, the essential role of purpose and values, and the ongoing evolution of work in the wake of future workplace trends. They also address the critical need for human connection in the age of technology and the importance of focusing on people alongside business strategy. Join Vivian and Gary for an engaging and insightful conversation about building better leaders and better workplaces.
    3 key takeaways from our conversation:
    1. **Purpose and Values**: Clearly defined purpose and values are vital in creating a positive work environment. Employees want to be part of something bigger than themselves.
    2. **Culture Ownership**: Culture is not just the responsibility of HR; it's everyone's responsibility. Each individual in the organization either contributes positively or negatively to the culture. 
    3. **The Human Connection**: In the wake of the future of work, one of the most concerning trends is isolation. Even with technological advancements, the need for human connection remains imperative for engagement and productivity. 
    Connect with Garry Ridge:
    Website: https://thelearningmoment.net
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/garryridge/
     
    Virtual Fireside Chat with Garry Ridge, Wednesday, April 24, 12:00 p.m. ET. Register for live event or recording
     
    Connect with Vivian:
    Email: vivian@vivianblade.com
    Vivian's website
    Connect with Vivian on LinkedIn
     

    • 18 min
    Future Shock and Awe: Saving Your Life, Business, (and Your A**) with Adaptability

    Future Shock and Awe: Saving Your Life, Business, (and Your A**) with Adaptability

    Feeling Future Shocked? Got the certainty-addiction blues? This episode dives deep into the ever-shifting currents and consequences of work and innovation. Listen to AQ expert Ira S Wolfe and Michael Lee, a maestro of adaptability, creativity, and innovative thinking. Whether you're staring down the barrel of a job change, wrestling with the march of AI and automation, or simply seeking to thrive in our fast-paced world, this episode is your beacon.
    Here are eight tremendous takeaways you’ll learn about the power of adaptability:
    “Future Shock” published over 50 years ago, warned us about the paralysis that comes with excessive change, and here we are, dealing with that reality as we look towards the future of employment.
    The tech tsunami is coming for sure. But remember, the 4th and 5th industrial revolutions are set to create more jobs than they wipe out. Ride the wave with adaptability, not get wiped out by it.
    The ability to adapt, or what we're calling the 'Adaptability Quotient,' will be an essential skill as we face technological changes that disrupt the job market.
    The greatest challenge for leaders in the future will be to manage not only their own adaptability but to nurture an environment that supports adaptability in their teams.
    Future-proof your psychology: Understand how acknowledging the Dunning-Kruger effect can lead to monumental personal growth.
    The mere thought of adaptability is scarier than the actual hustle of change. It's the boogeyman in the closet of our minds.
    Creativity is no lone wolf; it runs with a pack called ‘innovation and adaptability’. Together, they’re the ultimate dream team for the future of work.
    Adaptability isn't just about grit; it's knowing when to pivot and how to roll with the punches.
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    Michael Lee is the Creative Breakthrough Catalyst, a working creative professional who facilitates breakthroughs for leaders and their teams. He is a world-recognized expert in the mindset of innovation and the art of human capacity reinvention, internationally certified as a Master of Creativity and Innovation Coaching and a Master NLP practitioner, and in six other coaching disciplines (Executive, Intercultural, Recovery, Laughter, , as well as a certified Coach Trainer and as ICF ACC, and is one of only three Africans accredited as an Adaptability Quotient (AQai) Professional Practitioner. 
    He is a two time TEDx speaker, writes a regular column on creativity for the Mail and Guardian SA, does a monthly slot on Radio 702, is an Advisory Board Member or World Creativity and Innovation and an EXCO Member of the Creative Community of Practice of the BIC Foundation.
    He holds an MA from Stanford University and is currently studying for an additional MS in Creativity and Change Leadership from Buffalo State University. He has spoken at numerous creativity conferences and universities (including Buffalo State) on the topics of creativity, innovation, and adaptability.
    His TV productions have won 5 South African Film and TV Awards, he has directed documentaries and reality shows in the US, Europe, and numerous African countries.
    Michael’s website
    Connect with Michael
     

    • 49 min
    Coaching Strategies for Building and Leading Remote Teams: The Art and Action

    Coaching Strategies for Building and Leading Remote Teams: The Art and Action

    The future demands being agile, embracing change, and not being constrained by the past, especially when it comes to remote work and team building. In this episode of Beyond the Office, David Cherry offers a compelling narrative that challenges traditional views on leading teams and remote work, emphasizing the importance of clarity, growth, and adaptability in today's ever-changing work landscape.
    Get ready to uncover best practices for immediate implementation, the benefits of using "The Traveler's Gift" for training global teams, and key universal concepts essential for building great teams. You'll also gain valuable insights into the challenges and opportunities of remote team building and discover essential advice and tools for successfully leading global remote teams. 
    After soaking in David Cherry's insights on building and leading remote teams, here are ten valuable lessons learned that will make you rethink the future of work, teams, and success.
    1. The Vision Thing: It's All About Clarity
    2. Say "No" to Success
    3. The Traveler's Gift - More Than Just Accountability
    4. Encouraging Growth and Creativity
    5. Championing Others and Celebrating Wins
    6. Remote Work - The New Norm
    7. Make Culture Inclusive
    8. Global Remote Teams – A New Perspective
    9. Adapting to AI in the Workplace
    10. Living on a Swivel for the Future
     
     

    • 20 min
    Future Unveiled: Technology, Humanoids, and the Pursuit of Wellness

    Future Unveiled: Technology, Humanoids, and the Pursuit of Wellness

    This episode pulls back the curtain on tomorrow to reveal the impact of artificial intelligence, humanoids, and the evolving pursuit of wellness on our lives and workplaces. From the concept of Everywhere Work to the fascinating integration of humanoid robots into our homes, trends spotter Daniel Levine is our guide into the future and explores the implications of these future-shock-like changes on mental health, employment trends, and the very fabric of society. Host Ira S Wolfe and Levine embrace seven key themes reshaping our world: 1. Accelerating Change, 2. Pandemic-induced trend shift, 3. Humanoid robots, 4. Future of distributed work, 5. Growing emphasis on wellness, 6. Impact of technology, AI, and social media on society, and 7. High tech vs high touch.
    After listening, here are just some of the takeaways:
    The 'everywhere workplace' is dismantling the traditional office and reshaping leadership to be more adaptable and digitally savvy
    Humanoid robots in the workplace aren't just a replacement for human workers; they'll redefine jobs, creating new roles for humans as robot wranglers and AI liaisons.
    Artificial intelligence is the new team member at work, and embracing its potential will separate the leaders from the laggards in any industry
    Employment in the future is not just about skills or knowledge; it's about the agility to navigate a constantly changing technological landscape.
    Whether you're a leader, manager, or anyone intrigued by the future, this episode offers compelling, engaging, and sometimes witty insights into how we can navigate and thrive in this new era. 
    About Daniel Levine
    Daniel Levine, is the director of Avant-Guide Institute and one of the world’s top trends experts and trend spotters.  He is the author of over 20 best-selling books and a frequent guest on international television and radio. As a consultant, Daniel helps many of the world’s top companies understand the future of culture and consumerism. When organizations are looking to see what is coming next - or as he puts it, to see around corners - they call Daniel Levine. His clients include Microsoft, Mastercard, BMW, McDonald’s and many more.
    Website: Click here.
    LinkedIn: Daniel Levine

    • 48 min
    Creative Insights: Thriving in the Intersection of Work and Life with Joe Serio and Dennis Welch

    Creative Insights: Thriving in the Intersection of Work and Life with Joe Serio and Dennis Welch

    This third and final segment of a thought provoking conversation between Joe Serio and Dennis Welch about creativity is guaranteed to inspire your inner innovator and shake up the way you approach work and life.  Explore the powerful intersections of creativity and fulfillment, uncovering insights and inspirations to fuel your personal and professional growth. After soaking up the stimulating conversation, here is just a sampling of the many takeaways you'll glean about creativity, work, life, and home in the modern world.
    1. Your uniqueness is your superpower. Embrace who you are, because in the rapidly changing job market, being authentically you is what sets you apart.
    2. Discovering your strengths is key. Taking the time to understand your own capabilities can be a game-changer in finding your place in the world of work and creativity.
    3. Adapting to the world of AI and innovation is a giant puzzle we're all trying to solve. It's like a massive game of "figure it out without breaking it" in workplaces and schools.
    4. The shuffle in employment due to AI is not just changing work—it's shaking up the political landscape too, leading to unforeseen shifts in political alliances and voter mindsets.
    5. Being flexible and adaptable is the name of the game for thriving in the future. Embracing constant learning, agility, and a willingness to break free from the past are pivotal for success in the ever-evolving world.
     
     

    • 18 min

Customer Reviews

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50 Ratings

mvelasco07 ,

A must-listen!

Geeks Geezers Googlization has quickly become a favorite in my feed! I'm consistently impressed by the engaging conversations, insightful content, and actionable ideas. I truly learn something every time I listen!

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The Power Of Passion

Ira Wolfe is an amazing person who has poured his life into all things GGG. He studies, he networks, he thinks, and he leaves it all on the field. I have learned so much, developed my thinking skills, and continue to go back to the well, drawing this water out which gets sweeter and sweeter each time.

ARP41 ,

Great hosts and content

I had the pleasure of being a guest on the podcast. Ira and Jason were wonderful hosts and did a great job of asking questions and tying content together from previous episodes. I

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