5 episodes

The digital world is disrupting our lives, our work and our entertainment. Each Tuesday, join Dr. Art Langer for conversations and interviews with people leading in the digital world. Whether you are a leader, educator, or parent trying to understand how to keep up with the quickly changing world of digital disruption, this show is for you.

The Art of Digital Leadership Art Langer

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The digital world is disrupting our lives, our work and our entertainment. Each Tuesday, join Dr. Art Langer for conversations and interviews with people leading in the digital world. Whether you are a leader, educator, or parent trying to understand how to keep up with the quickly changing world of digital disruption, this show is for you.

    Nicholas Donofrio: Navigating 60 Years of Change, Innovation, and Leadership

    Nicholas Donofrio: Navigating 60 Years of Change, Innovation, and Leadership

    About Nicholas Donofrio: Nicholas "Nick" Donofrio is a distinguished American scientist and engineer with a career spanning 44 years at IBM. Joining the company in 1967, he ascended to the role of Executive Vice President of Innovation and Technology until his retirement in 2008, leaving an indelible mark on the technological landscape. Recognized for his transformative contributions, he was honored as an honorary IBM Fellow, the company's highest technical accolade. Nick's influence extends beyond IBM; he is a member of esteemed boards, including the National Commission on the Future of Higher Education and the National Association of Corporate Directors, and serves as a Director at Liberty Mutual Group. In addition to his professional achievements, Nick is an author, co-writing the memoir "If Nothing Changes, Nothing Changes" with Michael DeMarco, offering insights gleaned from a lifetime of innovation and leadership.

    In this episode, Art and Nicholas Donofrio discuss:
    The art of embracing change and leading innovation in Nick's 60-year careerTransitioning from a task-oriented manager to an enablerTransformative leadership in times of crisisThe pivotal role of ownership in leadership
    Key Takeaways:
    Success is in the hands of those who choose to deal with change; the better you deal with change, the better things go, emphasizing the power of embracing change and using free will to lead and drive positive outcomes.Nick's leadership evolution, marked by a pivotal moment in addressing a poor performance review early in his career, underscores the importance of becoming an "enabler" as a leader, emphasizing the shift from micromanagement to empowering others to reach their full potential.IBM's story of overcoming crisis underscores the importance of embracing change, taking calculated risks, and having the courage to challenge conventional wisdom.Effective leadership entails owning both successes and failures, acknowledging the loneliness that comes with difficult decisions, and prioritizing resilience, innovation, and inclusivity in shaping a better future.
    "If you're not the enabler-in-chief, my suspicion is you're probably not going to be anything for very much longer." — Nicholas Donofrio
     

    Connect with Nicholas Donofrio:  
    Book: https://www.nickdonofriobook.com/
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/nicholas-donofrio-7588609/

    Connect with Art:
    Website: http://www.alanger.com/
    Email: art.langer@columbia.edu
    Book: Developing a Path to Data Dominance: Strategies for Digital Data-Centric Enterprises
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arthur.m.langer/

    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

    • 44 min
    Jack Barsky: Journey Through Espionage, Fatherhood, Leadership and Technology

    Jack Barsky: Journey Through Espionage, Fatherhood, Leadership and Technology

    About Jack Barsky: Jack Barsky has a captivating life story as an author, IT specialist, and former sleeper agent of the KGB. Born in Germany and dispatched to the USA by the KGB, he spent a decade spying for the Soviets before retiring and becoming a productive American citizen. His autobiography, "Deep Undercover," published in 2017, sheds light on his experiences, and he is a sought-after speaker and expert on espionage. In addition to his espionage background, Jack enjoyed a successful career in IT, from technician to executive, maintaining a keen interest in cybersecurity, particularly focusing on insider threats.

    In this episode, Art and Jack Barsky discuss:
    Jack's journey of betrayal, redemption, and unveiling secretsHis struggle between loyalty and fatherhoodChallenges in managing personal relationshipsThe importance of emotional intelligence and effective communication
    Key Takeaways:
    Jack's life journey unfolds from his recruitment by the KGB in East Germany to his immersion in the U.S., marked by a chance encounter at a job in White Plains, evolving into a dual life as a bike messenger, programmer at MetLife, and valedictorian at Baruch College, all while navigating the complexities of espionage, personal relationships, and an unexpected role as a father.His covert life takes a dramatic turn in 1988 as an urgent KGB recall prompts a pivotal choice between loyalty and personal responsibility, ultimately revealing his American family and reshaping his extraordinary journey amidst geopolitical tensions and personal evolution.Jack's journey from a former KGB spy to a successful IT manager in the U.S. showcases the transformative power of adapting espionage skills to leadership, emphasizing the importance of understanding people and translating technical knowledge for effective management.The fusion of espionage experiences and IT management skills in Jack's life underscores the enduring significance of human factors, emotional intelligence, and effective communication in leadership, making his story a valuable lesson for aspiring leaders. 
    "Human beings are emotional; AI will never be emotional. Human beings are very often driven by emotion. So, it is, and this one, one of the most important things for me in terms of emotional management, IT people want to be loved. They want to be told what a good job they're doing, and they want to have a pat on the shoulder. They want to be appreciated, and if you can do this without being full, you know, you have to be honest about it. You have to be a person of integrity." — Jack Barsky
     

    Connect with Jack Barsky: 
    Website: https://jackbarsky.com/
    Book (Deep Undercover: My Secret Life and Tangled Allegiances as a KGB Spy in America): https://www.amazon.com/Deep-Undercover-Tangled-Allegiances-America/dp/1496416821
    Podcast (The Agent): https://podcasts.apple.com/us/podcast/the-agent/id1587714169
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/jackbarsky/

    Connect with Art:
    Website: http://www.alanger.com/
    Email: art.langer@columbia.edu
    Book: Developing a Path to Data Dominance: Strategies for Digital Data-Centric Enterprises
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arthur.m.langer/

    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

    • 40 min
    Don Marinelli and Art Langer Discuss the Metaverse

    Don Marinelli and Art Langer Discuss the Metaverse

    About Don Marinelli: Don Marinelli, a co-founder of the Carnegie Mellon Entertainment Technology Center (ETC) alongside the late Randy Pausch, has a distinguished career spanning 31 years at Carnegie Mellon University. As a Professor of Drama and Arts Management, he played a pivotal role in establishing groundbreaking academic programs. His acclaimed book, "The Comet and the Tornado," chronicles the dynamic collaboration with Pausch in creating the ETC, recognized globally as Carnegie Mellon’s “Dream Fulfillment Factory.” Don continues to inspire as a visiting and adjunct professor and sought-after speaker in the fields of arts, media, and technology.

    In this episode, Art and Don Marinelli discuss:
    The evolution of the metaverseThe metaverse's impact on digital technology, disruption, and leadershipThe business landscape of the metaverseNavigating the metaverse economy
    Key Takeaways:
    Navigating the digital media explosion, Don foresaw the transformative power of interactivity through video games, leading him to explore the Metaverse—a shared 3D virtual space blending reality and digital realms. Coined in Neal Stephenson's 1992 novel "Snow Crash," the ownership of the Metaverse is complex, with 154 distinct metaverses complicating the landscape. In the rapidly advancing digital landscape, the metaverse, driven by XR technologies and immersive online experiences, emerges as a transformative space offering new opportunities for socialization, entertainment, education, and commerce, unlocking unprecedented business prospects, despite lingering skepticism and resistance from older generations.The metaverse is reshaping industries, with applications ranging from VR training for companies like BMW to its pivotal role in social media, driven by substantial investments from major corporations and an anticipated 38% annual growth in the gaming market through 2027.Despite its allure, the metaverse faces challenges such as privacy concerns, security risks, and the absence of standardized interoperability, while also requiring a significant increase in computing power, making it imperative for both corporations and governments to navigate these complexities for widespread adoption.
    "The attraction of the metaverse to me is its ability to connect many different individuals from many corporate locations into the same virtual world and not just any odd line virtual world, like Zoom, but a persistent world, a virtual world that doesn't end when you shut down your headset or computer. It's one in which real objects and virtual objects coexist." — Don Marinelli

    Connect with Don Marinelli:  
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/donaldmarinelli
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/don.marinelli.90/
    Book (The Comet & the Tornado: Reflections on the Legacy of Randy Pausch): https://www.amazon.com/Comet-Tornado-Reflections-Legacy-Pausch/dp/140277088X

    Connect with Art:
    Website: http://www.alanger.com/
    Email: art.langer@columbia.edu
    Book: Developing a Path to Data Dominance: Strategies for Digital Data-Centric Enterprises
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arthur.m.langer/

    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it. 

    • 25 min
    EJ Bodnar: How to Create An Experience that Drives Business

    EJ Bodnar: How to Create An Experience that Drives Business

    About EJ Bodnar: EJ Bodnar is a Global CXO Marketing Leader at Nutanix, where he plays a pivotal role in guiding the company, a pioneer and industry leader in hyper-converged infrastructure, towards leadership in the hybrid multi-cloud space. With a rich background encompassing a 20-year tenure at HP, where he rose to the position of VP of Marketing, EJ brings a wealth of experience to his current role. A graduate of Columbia University's Executive Master of Science Technology Management Program, EJ is not only a seasoned technologist and evangelist but also a published author, having written a book on C-suite conversations.

    In this episode, Art and EJ Bodnar discuss:
    The evolution and significance of BitcoinExploring the enduring appeal of BitcoinThe business potential of BitcoinThe inevitable rise of Bitcoin
    Key Takeaways:
    Bitcoin, born in the aftermath of the 2008 financial crisis, is a decentralized global currency with over 200 million users, projected to reach 1 billion by 2026; standing out from other cryptocurrencies, its decentralized nature, blockchain technology, proof of work consensus, and classification as a commodity make it a secure force reshaping digital landscapes.Recognizing resistance to new tech is key; Bitcoin, despite skepticism, proves its worth through durability, scarcity, and impressive growth, making it a compelling investment for those with a long-term outlook and a tolerance for volatility.Embracing Bitcoin in corporate strategies, from leveraging it in marketing efforts to considering it as a store of value on balance sheets, presents exciting opportunities for digital leaders, with pioneers like MicroStrategy showcasing substantial returns and challenging traditional investment norms.Bitcoin's institutional adoption is undeniably underway, evident in major financial firms such as BlackRock and Fidelity seeking approval for Bitcoin ETFs, reflecting widespread recognition of its growth potential and demand, supported by bipartisan political backing and a robust decentralized global network, presenting a compelling choice despite regulatory uncertainties. 
    "I and others believe Bitcoin is hope for both individuals and companies and countries. And I encourage you to do your own research and see if you want to participate in this incredible digital disruption journey." — EJ Bodnar
     
    Resources Mentioned:

    The Bitcoin Standard: The Decentralized Alternative to Central Banking by Saifedean Ammous: https://www.amazon.com/Bitcoin-Standard-Decentralized-Alternative-Central/dp/1119473861

    Connect with EJ Bodnar: 
    Website: https://www.nutanix.com/ 
    Book: https://www.amazon.com/C-Suite-Conversations-C-Level-Executives-Uncertainty/dp/B0C6W1FYT3
    LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/ejbodnar/

    Connect with Art:
    Website: http://www.alanger.com/
    Email: art.langer@columbia.edu
    Book: Developing a Path to Data Dominance: Strategies for Digital Data-Centric Enterprises
    Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/arthur.m.langer/

    Audio production by Turnkey Podcast Productions. You're the expert. Your podcast will prove it.

    • 21 min
    Welcome to The Art of Digital Leadership

    Welcome to The Art of Digital Leadership

    The digital world is disrupting our lives, our work and our entertainment.
    Each Tuesday, join Dr. Art Langer for conversations and interviews with people leading in the digital world.
    Whether you are a leader, educator, or parent trying to understand how to keep up with the quickly changing world of digital disruption, this show is for you.

    • 2 min

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