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What if? The podcast that dares to think differently about people and business. What if?, from the CIPD’s Work. magazine, asks curious and unexpected questions about everything from inclusion to artificial intelligence. And it brings together world-leading experts, including academics, authors and business leaders, to try and find some answers. If you’ve ever wondered whether it would be better if your colleagues knew your salary, or if we should all just work from home forever, this is the place to explore ideas and think the previously unthinkable.cipd.co.ukpeoplemanagement.co.uk/voices/podcasts
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What if? The podcast that dares to think differently about people and business. What if?, from the CIPD’s Work. magazine, asks curious and unexpected questions about everything from inclusion to artificial intelligence. And it brings together world-leading experts, including academics, authors and business leaders, to try and find some answers. If you’ve ever wondered whether it would be better if your colleagues knew your salary, or if we should all just work from home forever, this is the place to explore ideas and think the previously unthinkable.cipd.co.ukpeoplemanagement.co.uk/voices/podcasts
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    What if… we fell out of love with charismatic leaders?

    What if… we fell out of love with charismatic leaders?

    Since the financial crisis of 2008, the #MeToo movement and a series of high-profile corporate collapses, the business world has begun to question a certain brand of forthright – often macho – leadership. But do we still need ‘superstar’ leaders in some contexts?...ponder academics Randall Peterson, professor of organisational behaviour and academic director of the Leadership Institute at London Business School and Doyin Atewologun, dean of the Rhodes scholarships at Oxford University and director of the consultancy Delta Alpha Psi.


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    What if… we recruited at random?

    What if… we recruited at random?

    If the traditional unstructured interview is about as useful at predicting on-the-job success as astrology and graphology, and many employers still rely heavily on this, should we just dispense with the whole process altogether, and recruit at random? Academic Tomas Chamorro-Premuzic and recruitment firm CEO Cynthia V Davis discuss the state of play currently, and how to make hiring better – and fairer. 
     

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    • 25 min
    What if… no one had to work?

    What if… no one had to work?

    What would we all do all day if there were no jobs? And how likely is this to come to pass? Academic Daniel Susskind argues it is only a matter of time before mass society-wide unemployment becomes a reality, while NHS Confederation chief executive and political thinker Matthew Taylor says there will always be work – we just need to ensure it is good.



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    • 25 min
    What if… the metaverse wasn’t overhyped? (and we knew what it was)

    What if… the metaverse wasn’t overhyped? (and we knew what it was)

    You can already watch a concert, buy designer goods or bid for virtual artwork in the metaverse... And if you work at Accenture, or one of a handful of other employers experimenting here, you can onboard yourself, undergo training and hold meetings there too. Accenture's Allison Horn explains why the possibilities are endless, while academic Phil Reed warns of a darker side.
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    • 25 min
    What if… we abolished HR?

    What if… we abolished HR?

    It has been seven years since Ram Charan wrote his controversial article ‘It’s time to blow up HR and build something new’, and hopefully the profession has more than proved its value over the last few years. But what criticisms still get levelled at it? And are some organisations really managing well without a people function? Academic Wendy Hirsh and the CIPD's chief executive Peter Cheese discuss.


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    • 25 min
    What if… we all told the truth at work?

    What if… we all told the truth at work?

    Radical honesty is an increasingly popular concept, particularly among Silicon Valley firms – as is the idea of speaking truth to power. But are we all ready to hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth? Academics Megan Reitz and Erin Meyer – who has worked with Netflix and written about their culture of radical candour – advise how to make this actually work.



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    • 25 min

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