148 episodes

Whether you’re the boss, the deputy or on your way up, we’re shaking up the way the world works. This is the podcast about doing work differently. Join host Isabel Berwick every Wednesday for expert analysis and watercooler chat about ahead-of-the-curve workplace trends, the big ideas shaping work today - and the old habits we need to leave behind. Brought to you by the Financial Times.
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    • 4.4 • 33 Ratings

Whether you’re the boss, the deputy or on your way up, we’re shaking up the way the world works. This is the podcast about doing work differently. Join host Isabel Berwick every Wednesday for expert analysis and watercooler chat about ahead-of-the-curve workplace trends, the big ideas shaping work today - and the old habits we need to leave behind. Brought to you by the Financial Times.
Hosted on Acast. See acast.com/privacy for more information.

    How much should a leader know about their team?

    How much should a leader know about their team?

    CEOs ultimately take responsibility when something goes wrong on their team. But leaders have a lot on their plates. How can they stay on top of what the people under them are doing, without burning themselves out? To learn more, Isabel Berwick speaks to Cath Bishop, a former Olympic rower who now helps businesses create sustainable working cultures, and the FT’s senior business writer Andrew Hill.
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    Senior executives must be held individually accountable
    A radical prescription to make work fit for the future
    How to manage a micromanager
    Presented by Isabel Berwick, produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval, mixed by Simon Panayi. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.
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    • 17 min
    How to make your mark as a new leader

    How to make your mark as a new leader

    When you step into a senior job, your in-tray is stuffed (just ask the new UK prime minister, Sir Keir Starmer). People who work under you are trying to win you round; the colleagues you beat out for the top job may be looking to sabotage you. And, as guest Laura Empson – a professor in the management of professional services firms at Bayes Business School – tells guest host Andrew Hill, some staff are even complaining about the chicken sandwiches. Laura explains how to cut through the noise when you start a new job, and the importance of throwing “live chickens” to the crocodiles.
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    Why are a leader’s first hundred days so important?
    Labour’s first 100 days: what lies in store for the new government?
    In business, 100-day plans are a mistake
    New BBC chair Samir Shah faces daunting in-tray
    Presented by Andrew Hill, produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval, mixed by Breen Turner. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.
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    • 15 min
    How to know when it’s time to quit

    How to know when it’s time to quit

    We’re conditioned to believe that persevering in a tough situation is more noble than quitting. But decision strategist (and former poker champion) Annie Duke tells host Isabel Berwick that that’s not always the case. Too often when we’re faced with a stick-or-twist decision at work, we underplay the positives that may come from a change – and overplay the negatives.
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    Quitting is underrated
    Quitting a job does not make you a failure
    Why living experimentally beats taking big bets
    Presented by Isabel Berwick, produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval, mixed by Simon Panayi. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.
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    • 13 min
    Can AI really do creative work?

    Can AI really do creative work?

    Generative AI models have improved rapidly over the past few months – and that has spooked some people in the creative industries. Many worry that models such as Midjourney and ChatGPT could take work off the plates of artists, designers and musicians. In this episode, we hear some more optimistic views. First, Dan Sherratt, VP of creative and innovation at the design agency Poppins, explains how he uses AI to speed up some of his less interesting tasks, and why there will always be a place for high-effort, human-made products. Next, Oxford professor Marcus du Sautoy explains how AI models can be genuinely creative – and might even help humans think less like machines.
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    Can AI make brainstorming less mind-numbing? 
    Academics express confidence that they and AI can work together
    The real quandary of AI isn’t what people think
    AI is an opportunity for creative industries, says Bertelsmann boss
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    Presented by Isabel Berwick, produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval, mixed by Simon Panayi. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 19 min
    Can an ‘AI interviewer’ hire better than a human?

    Can an ‘AI interviewer’ hire better than a human?

    All managers want to hire the best people, but the recruitment process can be a slog. Busy managers don’t want to spend their time sifting through hundreds of applications, and candidates don’t want to be ignored. Could AI help streamline this process? Host Isabel Berwick hears from micro1 founder Ali Ansari. Ansari says his AI interviewer is already being used to perform thousands of job interviews. Later, Isabel speaks to Chano Fernandez, co-CEO of Eightfold, to learn how the company uses AI not only to recruit candidates, but also to better match staff to potential career paths.
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    Graduate jobseekers navigate AI effect on gender equality
    Superfluous people vs AI: what the jobs revolution might look like
    Quiet hiring: why managers are recruiting from their own ranks
    Tech and generational changes increase urgency of upskilling
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    Presented by Isabel Berwick, produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval, mixed by Simon Panayi. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.
    Read a transcript of this episode on FT.com

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    • 16 min
    AI and Work: Can I send a chatbot to that meeting?

    AI and Work: Can I send a chatbot to that meeting?

    There’s been a lot of talk about artificial intelligence in the workplace – but not much in the way of specifics. Isabel Berwick wants to change that. In this episode, she speaks to Iliana Oris Valiente, managing director and Innovation lead at Accenture Canada. Iliana has a ‘digital twin’ who attends meetings in her stead. But will it catch on? Later, Isabel speaks to the FT’s AI editor, Madhumita Murgia, to find out how far off digital twins (or even digital assistants) are.
    Want to get in touch? Write to Isabel at isabel.berwick@ft.com
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    The race for an AI-powered personal assistant
    Can AI make brainstorming less mind-numbing?
    Artificial intelligence: A virtual assistant for life
    FT subscriber? Sign up to get Isabel’s free Working It newsletter in your inbox every Wednesday: ft.com/newsletters
    Presented by Isabel Berwick, produced by Mischa Frankl-Duval and Tamara Komornick, mixed by Simon Panayi. The executive producer is Manuela Saragosa. Cheryl Brumley is the FT’s head of audio.
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    • 19 min

Customer Reviews

4.4 out of 5
33 Ratings

33 Ratings

@edolan ,

super relevant and concise

…with perfect balance of empathy for front-line knowledge workers.

Rachelabauer ,

So relatable!

I love listening to Isabel interview. She has such a natural style and is so honest in all of her discussions. She can take any topic and make it feel approachable and actionable. Don’t miss this if you are in Human Resources, or even just a professional (especially a manager of people) of any kind.

FaFahimJan ,

😍

Thanks for the brilliant episodes

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