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Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, worker, and workplace. In our journey, we will seek answers on the future of work-life, productivity, upskilling, growth, and mindfulness hacks in world 2.0, going through technology, machine learning, AI, scientific, and cultural transformation.

Work Pod | Work 2.0 & Future Of Work Upgrades Vishal Kumar, TAO.ai[Talent And Orgs Company]

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Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, worker, and workplace. In our journey, we will seek answers on the future of work-life, productivity, upskilling, growth, and mindfulness hacks in world 2.0, going through technology, machine learning, AI, scientific, and cultural transformation.

    WorkPod: Leading The Diversity

    WorkPod: Leading The Diversity

    In this show, Melissa Riberio shared her journey as a diversity candidate and now a diversity champion and leader. She shared how companies should embrace and thrive in diversity. She shared some quick tips/tricks for businesses and leaders to create a more inclusive workforce.

    Introduction:
    Across my global career, Melissa has had the opportunity to serve as a change catalyst and people development expert to establish strong workplace cultures that attract and retain high-performing talent and level up internal capabilities into collaborative, powerhouse teams worldwide.
    As a trusted advisor for CEOs and executive teams, Melissa also helps elevate their internal brands, visibility, and loyalty across the company.

    TIMING:
    1:09 Melissa's journey.
    7:32 What is it like to be a woman leader?
    13:04 Strategies for career growth for women leaders.
    18:33 Tips for career development.
    23:17 Surviving in a diverse work environment.
    30:23:00 The growth of the HR function in the last two decades.
    36:02:00 The relevance of HR in the future.
    40:52:00 Work from home, gig, freelance.
    45:36:00 Events and HR.
    48:08:00 Rapid fire.
    50:55:00 Melissa's success mantra.
    53:09:00 Closing remarks.

    Here's the GPS for the questions (These are just the boundaries questions to give a rough journey for the conversation):

    Segment 1: Lead-in
    1. Starter: Give your starter pitch 1 point that you wish as a central theme.
    2. Vishal briefly introduce guest

    Segment 2: State of organizations
    3. What is the state of organizations today?
    4. How to control an organization when the control lies outside[pandemic]
    5. How is automation impacting the state of organizations?
    6. What does it mean to learn/develop a worker, in the age of work?
    7. How you make an impact in your current company as well as previous companies?
    8. How do you build a high-performing team?
    9. Throughout your career, what were the moments or occasions that built the leader, the influencer?
    10. What are some common traits that you see inspirational leaders have?
    11. How to handle toxic leadership?
    12. People get hired for culture but leave for managers, how to bridge the gap?
    13. Who is your inspirational role model when it comes to leaders leading organizations into the future?

    Segment 3: Rapid Fire [Say what comes to your mind quickly]
    14 a. #FutureOfWork
    14 b. #Technology
    14 c. #Leadership
    14 d. #RemoteWork
    14 e. #Equity
    14 f. #Diversity
    14 g. #Legislature
    14 h. #JobsOfFuture
    14 i. #FutureOfLearning
    14 j. #Something exciting
    14 k. #Things that keep you up at night?

    Segment 4: Your personal journey
    15. What are 1-3 best practices that you think are the key to success in your journey?
    16. Do you have any favorite read?
    17. As a closing remark, what would you like to tell our audience?


    About TAO.ai[Sponsor]:
    TAO is building the World's largest and AI-powered Skills Universe and Community powering career development platform empowering some of the World's largest communities/organizations. Learn more at https://TAO.ai

    About WorkPod:
    Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, workers, and the workplace.

    About Work2.org
    WorkPod is managed by Work2.org, a #FutureOfWork community for HR and Organization architects and leaders.

    Sponsorship / Guest Request should be directed to info@tao.ai

    Keywords:
    #FutureofWork #Work2.0 #Work2dot0 #Leadership #Growth #Org2dot0 #Work2 #Org2

    • 55 min
    Rethinking Competitive Advantage with Ram Charan

    Rethinking Competitive Advantage with Ram Charan

    In this session, Ram discussed the ever-evolving world of competitive advantage. He shared how current changes desire to rethink of competitive edge strategies. He shared some data-driven strategies and some best practices that are executable and easy to implement.
    Bio:
    Ram Charan is the co-author of the bestselling Execution and Confronting Reality, written with Larry Bossidy, and the author of Know-How and a dozen other books. A former award-winning Harvard Business School professor, he is a worldwide expert on business strategy, execution, corporate boards, and building a high-performance organization. He has worked with the CEOs of some of the world's most successful companies, including GE, Bank of America, Verizon, Coca-Cola, 3M, Merck, Aditya Birla Group, and Tata Group.

    Ram's Book:
    Rethinking Competitive Advantage: New Rules for the Digital Age https://amzn.to/3x5cU3w

    Discussion Timeline:
    TIMELINE

    Stage 1: Lead-in
    1. Starter: Give your starter pitch 1-2 points/key takeaways that this book points to:
    2. Vishal briefly introduce the guest and kicks off the session

    Stage 2: Subject Matter Expertise
    3. What is the state of organizations today?
    4. How to steer an organization when external forces influence your internals [pandemic etc.]
    5. What are some good habits you surfaced for a constantly evolving organization
    6. What are some signs that you are steering in the wrong direction?

    Stage 3: Introduction as an author
    7. Explain your journey to your current role?
    8. Could you share something about your current role?
    9. What does your company do?
    10. Explain your journey to this book?
    11. Why write this book?

    Stage 4: Main points on the books
    12. What has changed about business today that has rendered obsolete the classic rules of competitive strategy established by Michael Porter and others and requires a new playbook?
    13. As an advisor to some of the world's top CEOs, how worried are they about competing with digital giants right now and what is their best hope?
    14. Does Wal-Mart stand a chance at competing with the ultimate digital giant of Amazon?
    15. Why is imagination such an important skill for competing today?
    16. What is the reason companies should spend more time thinking about their ecosystem than on their direct competitors?
    17. Why do you say that companies need a money-making model, not a business model, and what’s an example?

    Stage 4: Rapid Fire [Say what comes to your mind]
    18 a. #FutureOfWork
    18 b. #Technology
    18 c. #Leadership
    18 d. #Competition
    18 e. #Partnership
    18 f. #Capitalism
    18 g. #GoodBusiness
    18 h. #BadBusiness
    18 i. #FutureOfLearning
    18 j. #CompetitiveAdvantage
    18 k. #1ThingsMisunderstoodAboutCompetition

    Stage 5: Closing
    19. What are 1-3 best practices that you think are the key to success in your journey?
    20. Do you have any favorite read?
    21. As a closing remark, what would you like to tell our audience?
    About TAO.ai[Sponsor]:
    TAO is building the World's largest and AI-powered Skills Universe and Community powering career development platform empowering some of the World's largest communities/organizations. Learn more at https://TAO.ai

    About WorkPod:
    Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, workers, and the workplace.

    About Work2.org
    WorkPod is managed by Work2.org, a #FutureOfWork community for HR and Organization architects and leaders.

    Sponsorship / Guest Request should be directed to info@tao.ai

    Keywords:
    #FutureofWork #Work2.0 #Work2dot0 #Leadership #Growth #Org2dot0 #Work2 #Org2

    • 1 hr 2 min
    Discussing Startup Failures with Tom Eisenmann

    Discussing Startup Failures with Tom Eisenmann

    In this conversation, Thomas Eisenmann discussed the complicated world of startup failures. Tom discussed various failures and what are some ways businesses could have done right. This is a great conversation for anyone seeking to understand failures and how to avoid them.

    Bio:
    Tom Eisenmann is the Howard H. Stevenson Professor of Business Administration at Harvard Business School (HBS) and the faculty co-chair of the Arthur Rock Center for Entrepreneurship. Since joining the HBS faculty in 1997, he’s led The Entrepreneurial Manager, an introductory course taught to all first-year MBAs, and launched fourteen electives on all aspects of entrepreneurship, including one on startup failure. Eisenmann has authored more than one hundred HBS case studies and his writing has appeared in The Wall Street Journal, Harvard Business Review, and Forbes. He is the author of the new book Why Startups Fail.

    Thomas's Book:
    Why Startups Fail: A New Roadmap for Entrepreneurial Success https://amzn.to/2SeCCEa

    Discussion Timeline:
    TIMELINE

    Stage 1: Lead-in
    1. Starter: Give your starter pitch 1 point that this book points to:
    2. Vishal briefly introduce guest
    Stage 2: Subject Matter Expertise
    3. What is the state of startups today?
    4. What are some common pitfalls you find in the world of startups?
    5. What is the state of innovation today?
    6. What are some common patterns you are seeing when it comes to startups that are coming up today?
    7. How has corporate innovation stifled over the last year?
    Stage 3: Introduction as an author
    8. Why study startup failures?
    9. What are some surprises you found in studying startup failures?
    10. What are the most common patterns of failure?
    11. Why is it important to normalize and accept failure?
    12. Is there such a thing as failing well?
    13. What was one of most of the unexpected failures you learned about when writing this book?
    14. How you should embrace failure if you are a founder?
    15. Are failures something you avoid or something you should embrace?
    16. Naseem Taleb suggests being anti-fragile, can startup be anti-fragile

    Stage 4: Rapid Fire [Say what comes to your mind]
    17 a. #Startups
    17 b. #Entrepreneurship
    17 c. #Failures
    17 d. #Growth
    17 e. #Culture
    17 f. #Founder
    17 g. #Disruption
    17 h. #JobsOfFuture
    17 i. #FutureofStartup
    17 j. #FutureofOrganization

    Stage 5: Closing
    18. What are 1-3 best practices that you think are the key to success in your journey?
    19. Do you have any favorite read?
    20. As a closing remark, what would you like to tell our audience?

    About TAO.ai[Sponsor]:
    TAO is building the World's largest and AI-powered Skills Universe and Community powering career development platform empowering some of the World's largest communities/organizations. Learn more at https://TAO.ai

    About WorkPod:
    Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, workers, and the workplace.

    About Work2.org
    WorkPod is managed by Work2.org, a #FutureOfWork community for HR and Organization architects and leaders.

    Sponsorship / Guest Request should be directed to info@tao.ai

    Keywords:
    #FutureofWork #Work2.0 #Work2dot0 #Leadership #Growth #Org2dot0 #Work2 #Org2

    • 1 hr 1 min
    Sabrina Horn(@SabrinaHorn) on Leading with authenticity for real results!

    Sabrina Horn(@SabrinaHorn) on Leading with authenticity for real results!

    Sabrina Horn(@SabrinaHorn) on Leading with authenticity for real results! #FutureofWork #Work2dot0 #Podcast

    In this podcast, Sabrina Horn discussed his book Ruthless Consistency, the insights it carries and shared how his journey has helped him craft a strategy that could work on the testing times. He sheds light on the importance of ruthless consistency and how any leader could adopt it in their day to day activities and succeed in leading.

    Sabrina's Recommended Read:
    Good to Great: Why Some Companies Make the Leap and Others Don't https://amzn.to/3aRbr8p
    Crossing the Chasm, 3rd Edition: Marketing and Selling Disruptive Products to Mainstream Customers https://amzn.to/3eKuLVU
    The Hard Thing About Hard Things: Building a Business When There Are No Easy Answers https://amzn.to/3nAgNu8

    Sabrina's Book:
    Make It, Don't Fake It: Leading with Authenticity for Real Business Success https://amzn.to/3gPft5a

    Podcast Link:
    iTunes: http://math.im/jofitunes
    Youtube: http://math.im/jofyoutube

    Sabrina Horn is a tech industry communications expert, thought leader, and executive suite advisor with more than thirty years of experience. She is the founder of the PR firm Horn Group, which has received national acclaim as Best US Employer, Best US Tech Agency, Silicon Valley Hall of Fame winner, and PR Entrepreneur of the Year. Horn splits her time between San Francisco and New York City.

    Here's the GPS for the questions (These are just the boundaries questions to give a rough journey for the conversation):

    Stage 1: Lead-in
    1. Starter: Give your starter pitch 1 point that this book points to:
    2. Vishal briefly introduce guest

    Stage 2: Subject Matter Expertise
    3. How has the world of PR evolved over last couple of years?
    4. What is the role of a PR?
    5. What people get it wrong about their perception?
    6. What are some common pitfalls most business fall into when it comes to their brand perception?
    7. What are some easy 1-2-3 steps that one could take to improve their market perception?

    Stage 3: Introduction as an author
    8. Why write this book?
    9. Who should read this book?
    10. Is “faking it” the same thing as lying?
    11. Why is running a business with integrity hard?
    12. What is the FUD factor?
    13. In an era of fake news and minimizing realties, what can we learn about the value of being honest, especially when it’s hard?
    14. Why should honesty be the foundation of every business?
    15. You talked about the Founder's curse, what is that and why should I worry?

    Stage 4: Rapid Fire with Sabrina [Say what comes to your mind, make the answer one sentence crisp]
    16 a. #Business
    16 b. #Entrepreneur
    16 c. #Leadership
    16 d. #Culture
    16 e. #PRNightmare
    16 f. #Things That Keep You Up At Night
    16 g. #Success
    16 h. #Failure
    16 i. #Being Authentic
    16 j. #Destiny
    16 k. #MakeItDontFameIt

    Stage 5: Closing
    17. What are 1-3 best practices that you think are the key to success in your journey?
    18. Do you have any favorite read?
    19. As a closing remark, what would you like to tell our audience?

    About TAO.ai[Sponsor]:
    TAO is building the World's largest and AI-powered Skills Universe and Community powering career development platform empowering some of the World's largest communities/organizations. Learn more at https://TAO.ai

    About WorkPod:
    Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, workers, and the workplace.

    About Work2.org
    worked is managed by Work2.org, a #FutureOfWork community for HR and Organization architects and leaders.

    Sponsorship / Guest Request should be directed to info@tao.ai

    Keywords:
    #FutureofWork #Work2.0 #Work2dot0 #Leadership #Growth #Org2dot0 #Work2 #Org2

    • 1 hr 5 min
    Building an AI First Company and Culture

    Building an AI First Company and Culture

    Discussing AI-First Company and AI First mentality with Ash Fontana. He sheds light on how organizations could embrace analytics, data, and AI to retain a competitive edge.

    Bio:
    Ash Fontana became one of the most recognized startup investors in the world after launching online investing at AngelList. He then became a Managing Director of Zetta, the first investment fund that focused on AI. The firm was the lead investor in category-defining AI companies such as Kaggle, Domino, Tractable, Lilt, and Invenia. He has appeared in Fast Company, Bloomberg, Forbes, CNBC, and at the UN. This is his first book.

    Ash's Book:
    The AI-First Company: How to Compete and Win with Artificial Intelligence by Ash Fontana https://amzn.to/33C2OL5

    Ash's Recommendations:
    On Intelligence: How a New Understanding of the Brain Will Lead to the Creation of Truly Intelligent Machines by Jeff Hawkins, Sandra Blakeslee https://amzn.to/3vZhksk
    Neurophilosophy: Toward a Unified Science of the Mind-Brain by Patricia S. Churchland https://amzn.to/2RiKrYO

    Discussion Timeline:
    TIMELINE

    Some questions we covered:
    1. Starter: Give your starter pitch 1 point that this book points to:
    2. Vishal briefly introduce guest

    Stage 2: Subject Matter Expertise
    3. What is the state of startups today?
    4. State of AI in mature organization?
    5. AI and Enterprise outlook? Cautionary tale or hopeful story
    6. Who will win the AI race?
    7. Challenges in AI adoption?

    Stage 3: Introduction as an author
    8. What is an AI-First company?
    9. Why write AI First?
    10. Why does every company need to prioritize AI over the next decade?
    11. What are the most common mistakes companies make when trying to become AI First?
    12. What’s the difference between “lean-startup” and “lean AI”?
    14. How do AI-First companies retain more of the “first mover” advantage than others?
    15. AI + Business, will make it more science or art?
    16. Can AI be a competitive edge

    Stage 4: Rapid Fire with Ben Pring [Say what comes to your mind]
    17 a. #MachineLearning
    17 b. #Technology
    17 c. #Leadership
    17 d. #FutureOfWork
    17 e. #Culture
    17 f. #DigitalTransformation
    17 g. #Disruption
    17 h. #JobsOfFuture
    17 i. #FutureofStartup
    17 j. #FutureofOrganization
    17 k. #AIFirst

    Stage 5: Closing
    18. What are 1-3 best practices that you think are the key to success in your journey?
    19. Do you have any favorite read?
    20. As a closing remark, what would you like to tell our audience?

    About TAO.ai[Sponsor]:
    TAO is building the World's largest and AI-powered Skills Universe and Community powering career development platform empowering some of the World's largest communities/organizations. Learn more at https://TAO.ai

    About WorkPod:
    Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, workers, and the workplace.

    About Work2.org
    WorkPod is managed by Work2.org, a #FutureOfWork community for HR and Organization architects and leaders.

    Sponsorship / Guest Request should be directed to info@tao.ai

    Keywords:
    #FutureofWork #Work2.0 #Work2dot0 #Leadership #Growth #Org2dot0 #Work2 #Org2

    • 1 hr 4 min
    Role of technology in #FutureofWork

    Role of technology in #FutureofWork

    In this podcast, Ben Pring co-founded and leads the Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant discussed the challenges of technology and transformation as we go through the future of work. Ben shared some challenges of not doing technology transformation properly. He also talked about his book Monster sharing similar insights as it relates to technology and its adoption.

    Introduction:
    Ben Pring co-founded and leads the Center for the Future of Work at Cognizant, a $16+ billion American multinational technology company that provides consulting, information technology, and outsourcing services and has over 289,500 employees. Ben sits on the advisory board of the Labor and Work-Life program at Harvard Law School. In 2018 Ben was a Bilderberg Meeting participant. Ben was named as one of 30 management thinkers to watch in 2020 by Thinkers 50. He was recently named a leading influencer on the future of work by Onalytica. In 2007, Ben won Gartner's prestigious Thought Leader Award. His work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, the Financial Times, the London Times, the Drucker Forum Report, Business Insider, Forbes, and Fortune. Based near Boston since 2000, Ben graduated with a degree in Philosophy from Manchester University, in the UK where he grew up.

    Here's the GPS for the questions (These are just the boundaries questions to give a rough journey for the conversation):

    Stage 1: Lead-in
    1. Starter: Give your starter pitch 1 point that this book points to:
    2. Vishal briefly introduce guest

    Stage 2: Subject Matter Expertise
    3. What is the state of work today?
    4. Why did you chose to invest yourself in FutureOfWork
    5. How has the future of work changed since the last year?
    6. What is one thing people get wrong about Work & Technology?

    Stage 3: Introduction as an author
    7. Why do you call technology a "monster" that we can't yet tame?
    8. Why did you feel it was important for you as tech insiders to speak up about a topic that many others are running from?
    9. What's been missing from today's heated conversation about technology's rising power?
    10. Why write monster?
    11. Why relate technology with a monster?
    12. How to reclaim control of technology?
    13. What is the role of government?
    14. What is the role of business?
    15. What is the role of a leader?

    Stage 4: Rapid Fire with Ben Pring [Say what comes to your mind]
    16 a. #FutureOfWork
    16 b. #Technology
    16 c. #Leadership
    16 d. #Monster
    16 e. #Equity
    16 f. #Diversity
    16 g. #Legislature
    16 h. #JobsOfFuture
    16 i. #FutureOfLearning
    16 j. #Something exciting
    16 k. #Things that keep you up at night?

    Stage 5: Closing
    17. What are 1-3 best practices that you think are the key to success in your journey?
    18. Do you have any favorite read?
    19. As a closing remark, what would you like to tell our audience?

    About TAO.ai[Sponsor]:
    TAO is building the World's largest and AI-powered Skills Universe and Community powering career development platform empowering some of the World's largest communities/organizations. Learn more at https://TAO.ai

    About WorkPod:
    Work Pod takes you on the journey with leaders, experts, academics, authors, and change-makers designing the future of work, workers, and the workplace.

    About Work2.org
    WorkPod is managed by Work2.org, a #FutureOfWork community for HR and Organization architects and leaders.

    Sponsorship / Guest Request should be directed to info@tao.ai

    Keywords:
    #FutureofWork #Work2.0 #Work2dot0 #Leadership #Growth #Org2dot0 #Work2 #Org2

    • 59 min

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teresaroche ,

Powerful and Insighful

I listened to the two most recent podcasts with Jeff Kavanaugh and Kent Billingsley. Learned from their wisdom. Welcome listening to more.

Jerome Shaw 🤲🏾 ,

Lessons on leadership!

Listened to episode “Leading with Ruthless Consistency”. Great talk with Michael Canic! Wonderful messages on the concept of consistency. I completely agree that focus is key for success in all endeavors.

The lessons that are laid out in this episode are timeless for anyone interested in leading an organization. My favorite quote is about sacrificing for the best of the team. Seeing the big picture. The small affects the all.

Thank you for creating this content. Nice interviewing style and great questions. Bring the best out of your guests. Recommend this podcast to anyone interested in collaboration and growth for themselves and their organization.

WorkChef ,

Good conversation on deep work topics

Found the interview useful and thought provoking

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