6 episodes

Take a trip into the future that will challenge the way you think and act today. In each episode, Paul Michelman and his AI co-host GENE delve into disruptive scenarios that could define the coming decades. BCG experts join the conversation, probing the possibilities and implications for leaders. Human and machine work together to explore the very real actions CEOs could take today to prepare.

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Imagine This..‪.‬ Boston Consulting Group

    • Business
    • 5.0 • 47 Ratings

Take a trip into the future that will challenge the way you think and act today. In each episode, Paul Michelman and his AI co-host GENE delve into disruptive scenarios that could define the coming decades. BCG experts join the conversation, probing the possibilities and implications for leaders. Human and machine work together to explore the very real actions CEOs could take today to prepare.

This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    The Next-Gen CEO

    The Next-Gen CEO

    Peering into the future, BCG’s Judith Wallenstein paints a picture of organizational leadership upended by AI, global volatility, and blurring boundaries between companies that work together. She muses that the chief executive officer role may morph into a chief ecosystem orchestrator role and demand leadership traits and backgrounds far different than we see today. How would top executives deploy influence, foster trusting relationships, and welcome and accept challenges that enhance corporate decision making?   
    Help Us Imagine the Future--Send Us Your Ideas or Questions
    What major changes or disruptions do YOU see on the horizon?
    Please email us the future scenario you’d like us to explore. Or, send us a question you might have for GENE or about working with GENE.  
    Email it to: imaginethis@bcg.com. 
    We will pick our favorites and explore them with GENE in an upcoming episode of Imagine This. 
    Learn More: 
    Judith Wallenstein:on.bcg.com/3Ub1UQH 

    For CEOs, It’s About Time: https://on.bcg.com/3xw9oVE 

    The CEO’s Guide to the Generative AI Revolution: on.bcg.com/3QkfbEr 

    Imagine This: on.bcg.com/3VSiDJG 

    GenAI on GenAI: https://link.chtbl.com/bcg-genai-on-genai 


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    • 31 min
    The End of Middle Management (For Real)

    The End of Middle Management (For Real)

    Middle management. Senior leaders say it’s a sticking point; individual contributors say it’s not meeting needs; middle managers themselves say the role is a source of burnout. Julia Dhar, founder and leader of BCG’s Behavioral Science Lab, imagines a future in which AI takes over aspects of middle management. Among the most beneficial outcomes: companies keep their employees doing what they do best and senior leaders communicate their vision directly to the frontline. 
    Help Us Imagine the Future--Send Us Your Ideas or Questions
    What major changes or disruptions do YOU see on the horizon?
    Please email us the future scenario you’d like us to explore. Or, send us a question you might have for GENE or about working with GENE.
    Email it to: imaginethis@bcg.com.
    We will pick our favorites and explore them with GENE in an upcoming episode of Imagine This.
    Learn More: 
    Julia Dhar: https://on.bcg.com/49ifruf 

    How to Create a Transformation that Lasts: https://on.bcg.com/3J0cbJg 

    More on what BCG has to say about behavioral science: https://on.bcg.com/49lRpOO 

    Julia’s TED Talk: How to disagree productively and find common ground | Julia Dhar (youtube.com) 

    Gitte Frederiksen’s TED Talk: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tZ7ySrDVqOs&t=2s 

    GenAI on GenAI: https://link.chtbl.com/bcg-genai-on-genai 


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 32 min
    When Software Writes Itself

    When Software Writes Itself

    Some argue that self-generating software will be a revolutionary development for businesses, others contend that it may be unwieldy.  BCG’s Vladimir Lukic believes that it will be a playful thought partner for business leaders to steer and sanity-check. It will make nimble exploration and innovation possible so that every company can have the bespoke and custom programs it needs. What should leaders do until the unknown point in the future when self-writing software is a reality?  
    Help Us Imagine the Future--Send Us Your Ideas or Questions
    What major changes or disruptions do YOU see on the horizon?
    Please email us the future scenario you’d like us to explore. Or, send us a question you might have for GENE or about working with GENE.
    Email it to: imaginethis@bcg.com.
    We will pick our favorites and explore them with GENE in an upcoming episode of Imagine This.
     
    Learn More: 
    More about what BCG has to say on GenAI: https://on.bcg.com/3P3JmyN  
     
    Turning GenAI Magic into Business Impact: https://on.bcg.com/3uYvgrB  
     
    Vladimir Lukic: https://on.bcg.com/48vMXfT 
     
    GenAI on GenAI: https://link.chtbl.com/bcg-genai-on-genai?sid=IT 


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 25 min
    Joy as a Business Strategy?

    Joy as a Business Strategy?

    Some worry that AI will eliminate jobs. But what if we found ourselves in 2030 with 50% more job openings than people to fill them? BCG’s Debbie Lovich imagines a world where top companies must wow workers—or risk losing essential talent (and profits) to competitors. How would CEOs extend their companies’ customer-facing strengths to attract the best of the talent pool? By deploying deep research, segmentation, and personalization to create the kind of workplace that talent buys into. Those that spark joy will clean up in the marketplace.  
     Help Us Imagine the Future--Send Us Your Ideas or Questions
    What major changes or disruptions do YOU see on the horizon?
    Please email us the future scenario you’d like us to explore. Or, send us a question you might have for GENE or about working with GENE.
    Email it to: imaginethis@bcg.com.
    We will pick our favorites and explore them with GENE in an upcoming episode of Imagine This.
    Learn More:  
    Enjoying Work Matters More than You Realize: https://on.bcg.com/3uTN5bh BCG’s People Strategy: https://on.bcg.com/3IeXUIk Debbie Lovich: https://on.bcg.com/42Xo3Vl GenAI on GenAI: https://link.chtbl.com/bcg-genai-on-genai?sid=IT 


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 29 min
    A Bot in the C-Suite?

    A Bot in the C-Suite?

    By 2030, the best CIO might be a CIB: a chief intelligence bot. And the human CEO might be bolstered by a swarm of CEO bots, able to harness a vast diversity of perspectives. Can you imagine? In this episode, BCG’s Mickey McManus envisions a future where top leaders share the corner office with AI—blending the logical with human intuition. Mickey, a BCG senior advisor and a pioneer in human-centered design, considers how a company like this would function. Hint: he recommends an approach much like jazz improvisation.
    Help Us Imagine the Future--Send Us Your Ideas or Questions
    What major changes or disruptions do YOU see on the horizon?
    Please email us the future scenario you’d like us to explore. Or, send us a question you might have for GENE or about working with GENE.
    Email it to: imaginethis@bcg.com.
    We will pick our favorites and explore them with GENE in an upcoming episode of Imagine This.
     
    Learn More 
    You’ll find more of what BCG has to say about generative AI here:  
    https://on.bcg.com/3UNqoQB
    Listen to more of GENE, BCG's AI bot here:
    GenAI on GenAI: https://link.chtbl.com/bcg-genai-on-genai?sid=IT 
    Also, in this episode, Mickey recommends an entirely new reading list for the C-suite, including:  
    -Iain M. Banks’s Culture series: https://www.amazon.com/The-Culture-9-book-series/dp/B07WLZZ9WV 
    -Joy Buolamwini’s Unmasking AI [https://www.amazon.com/Unmasking-AI-Mission-Protect-Machines/dp/0593241835] 
    -Safiya Umoja Noble’s Algorithms of Oppression [https://www.amazon.com/Algorithms-Oppression-Search-Engines-Reinforce/dp/1479837245] 
    You can find the podcast on YouTube at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dpecNh11jKY&list=PLMJgyXjV5gMLbR8vIRdKaCAMmAJhzcRa8


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 26 min
    Imagine This...: Peer into Possible Futures

    Imagine This...: Peer into Possible Futures

    What would you have done differently if you had anticipated the likelihood of a global pandemic or the explosion of generative AI? Spend time with BCG’s editor in chief, our conversational AI agent GENE, and BCG experts as they focus on what could lie ahead for our world—and how you should prepare your business today


    This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis:

    Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

    • 1 min

Customer Reviews

5.0 out of 5
47 Ratings

47 Ratings

KrisW33225 ,

Great new podcast

Interesting and insightful podcast that addresses the “what if” in business and technology. I appreciated the use of AI to facilitate questions. I will definitely keep this in my queue, and have already recommended it to several folks.

Durf09 ,

AI Cohost

They put their money where their mouth is with a legit AI co-host. Good details on where tech trends might take us. Only a few episodes so far, but great start.

BDStone1992 ,

Great peek into the CEO’s mindset

Really thoughtful stuff. Much more detailed than you recently see in business podcasts.

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