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Ep 156: Big Data: It’s Not About Technology, It’s About Economics

Bill Schmarzo, author of “Big Data: Understanding How Data Powers Big Business” and “Big Data MBA: Driving Business Strategies with Data Science”, is responsible for setting strategy and defining the Big Data service offerings for Dell EMC’s Big Data Practice. As a CTO within Dell EMC’s 2,000+ person consulting organization, he works with organizations to identify where and how to start their big data journeys. He is a University of San Francisco School of Management (SOM) Executive Fellow...

Duration: 01:06:13

Employee Experience, Preparing for the Future of Work, The Importance of Building a Human Company, and more

Jacob Morgan is an author, speaker and futurist living in the Bay Area. He is recently started a new Facebook group called, The future if. This group is a global community of business leaders, authors, and futurists who explore what our future can look like IF certain technologies, ideas, approaches and trends actually happen. Jacob is also working on a new course called The Future of Work Crash Course. This will go live in a few weeks. It is a companion course for his newest book, The...

Duration: 01:09:20

Ep 154: Sex, Politics, Big Data and What Our Search History Reveals About Who We Really Are

Today’s guest is Seth Stephens-Davidowitz, author of Everybody Lies: Big Data, New Data and What the Internet Can Tell Us About Who We Really Are. During our conversation Seth talks about what it was like to work at Google and why he left, how he went about analyzing the data for his book, why he believes we are all liars, and what he learned about our true human nature. Seth Stephens-Davidowitz has used data from the internet -- particularly Google searches -- to get new insights into...

Duration: 01:02:28

Ep 153: Why The World’s Best Managers Are Coaches and How You Can Be One

Michael Bungay Stanier is the founder and senior partner of Box of Crayons, a company that works with organizations, ranging from AstraZeneca to Xerox, to help them do more great work. A Rhodes scholar who earned both arts and law degrees with highest honors from Australian National University and an Master’s degree from Oxford, he is a popular speaker at business and coaching conferences, and was named Canadian Coach of the Year in 2006 He is also the author of a number of books, his...

Duration: 01:04:44

Ep 152: Why Relying on Data Can Cause More Harm Than Good

Cathy O’Neil is a mathematician who has worked as a professor, hedge-fund analyst and data scientist. Cathy founded ORCAA, an algorithmic auditing company, and is the author of Weapons of Math Destruction. Cathy says she was always a math nerd. She loves the beauty of mathematics, and says it is almost an art – the cleanliness of it. One of her favorite things is that math is the same no matter what country you go to. She also had had an interest in the business world, which led her...

Duration: 00:59:46

Ep 151: Artificial Intelligence: Debunking Myth From Reality

Perez-Breva, PhD is an expert in the process of technology innovation, an entrepreneur, and the author of Innovating: A Doer’s Manifesto for Starting from a Hunch, Prototyping Problems, Scaling Up, and Learning to Be Productively Wrong. (MIT Press 2017). Currently Perez-Breva directs the MIT Innovation Teams Program, MIT’s hands-on innovation program jointly operated between the Schools of Engineering and Management. During his tenure, i-Teams has shepherded over 170 MIT technologies to...

Duration: 01:14:54

Ep 150: Working With Your Spouse, Building a Personal Brand & The Future of Customer Service

Blake Morgan is a keynote speaker, a Customer Experience Futurist and author of the new book, "More is More: How The Best Companies Work Harder And Go Farther To Create Knock Your Socks Off Customer Experiences.” She is also my wife. Blake is an adjunct faculty member in Rutgers University’s executive education MBA program. She contributes to Forbes, the Harvard Business Review and the American Marketing Association. She hosts The Modern Customer Podcast and a weekly customer experience...

Duration: 01:14:30

Ep 149: Turning Ideas Into Actions, Overcoming Fear, and Embracing What Make You Unique

Nilofer Merchant is the author of The Power of Onlyness and the recipient of the Thinkers 50 #1 Future Thinker Award. Nilofer began her career in business 25 years ago as an administrative assistant, and quickly rose to division leader, to CEO to board member of a NASDAQ-traded company. She has personally launched more than 100 products, netting $18B in sales and has held executive positions at Fortune 500 companies like Apple and Autodesk to startups in the early days of the Web (Golive/...

Duration: 01:03:17

Ep 148: Staying Human In A Technology Obsessed World

Leena Nair is the Chief Human Resources Officer for Unilever. Since 1992, when she joined Unilever as a trainee, Leena has had many firsts to her credit. Prior to her current role, she undertook a wide range of HR roles in India and currently, she is the first female and youngest ever CHRO of Unilever. Unilever is a Dutch-British transnational consumer goods company co-headquartered in Rotterdam, Netherlands and London, United Kingdom. Its products include food, beverages, cleaning agents...

Duration: 01:07:25

Ep 147: Innovate, Motivate and Activate Your Organization

Dr. John J. McGowan, is a PhD and he serves as the NIAID Deputy Director for Science Management. In this position, Dr. McGowan provides leadership for scientific, policy, business, and administrative management of the Institute and conducts senior-level interactions with the extramural community, other National Institutes of Health (NIH) components, and the NIH Office of the Director. The National Institutes of Health (NIH) is the primary agency of the United States government...

Duration: 01:19:49

Ep 146: Working With Steve Jobs, Why You Should Never Retire and How Today's Companies are Becoming Soft

Nolan Bushnell is a technology pioneer, entrepreneur and engineer. Often cited as the father of the video game industry, he is best known as the founder of Atari Corporation and Chuck E. Cheese. Currently, he is Co-Founder/Chairman at Modal VR, HearGlass Inc. and Brainrush, where he is devoting his talents to enhancing and improving the educational process by integrating the latest in brain science. Atari was started in September 1970. Everything about it was hard. This was before the...

Duration: 01:06:21

Ep 145: Why We Shouldn't Overdesign Employee Experiences

Georgia Collins is the Senior Managing Director and Co-Leader of the Workplace Strategy Practice at CBRE. CBRE is an American commercial real estate company that ‘helps clients identify opportunities to reduce and/or reallocate their costs, more effectively manage their resources, improve employee engagement and make decisions faster’. With specific responsibility for research and development, Collins’ focus is on enhancing and expanding their service offerings so that clients can better...

Duration: 01:14:27

Ep 144: How Learning, Education and Language Play Into the Future of Work

John Hass is the Chairman, President and CEO of Rosetta Stone, a language and literacy company with around 1,000 employees in the U.S. and around the world. Prior to Rosetta Stone, Hass spent two decades at Goldman Sachs both in New York and in Chicago. He was in the advisory part of the company working with Fortune 500 companies around the world on strategic initiatives. Learning another language has a lot of benefits, whether you are taking a language class in school as a 4th grader or...

Duration: 01:13:26

Ep 143: The Future of Privacy and Security

Dr. Alissa Johnson, aka Dr. Jay, is the Chief Information Security Officer for Xerox Corporation. She is also the former Deputy Chief Information Officer of the Executive Office of the President. Dr. Jay is an IT strategist and visionary with experience in government and private industry. As the world goes to a paper-less society, Xerox Corporation is focusing on companies’ document workflow. They work to ensure that all of these assets are protected, crossing many boundaries. Dr. Jay’s...

Duration: 01:13:03

Ep 142: Seth Godin on the Future of Work: The Importance of Being Persistent, Making Mistakes and Becoming a Perpetual Doer

Seth Godin is the author of 18 books that have been bestsellers around the world and have been translated into more than 35 languages. He writes about the post-industrial revolution, the way ideas spread, marketing, quitting, leadership and most of all, changing everything. You might be familiar with his books Linchpin, Tribes, The Dip and Purple Cow. In addition to his writing and speaking, Seth founded both Yoyodyne and Squidoo. His blog (which you can find by typing "seth" into Google)...

Duration: 01:14:19

Ep 141: Positive Leadership and Overcoming Negativity in the Workplace

Jon Gordon is a best-selling author whose books and talks have inspired readers and audiences around the world. Gordon’s principles have been put to the test by numerous Fortune 500 companies, professional and college sports teams, school districts, hospitals and non-profits. He is the author of 17 books including 5 best-sellers: The Energy Bus, The Carpenter, Training Camp, You Win in the Locker Room First and most recently, The Power of Positive Leadership. Gordon explains how - from...

Duration: 00:57:40

Ep 140: The Future of Education, Skills and the Economy

David Deming is the Professor of Public Policy, Education and Economics at the Harvard Graduate School of Education and a Faculty Research Fellow at the National Bureau of Economic Research. His research focuses broadly on the economics of education, with a particular interest in the impact of education policies on long-term outcomes other than test scores. Before becoming a professor at Harvard, David attended Berkeley and Ohio State University where he was trained as an economist. He has...

Duration: 01:03:46

Ep 139: What We Need to Know About Skills, Jobs, Technology and the Global Economy

Steven Tobin is a Senior Economist and the Team Leader at the Research Department of the International Labour Organization (ILO) and currently heads up the Policy Assessment Unit. His team is currently focused on undertaking policy assessments across a range of labor market and social issues. Before joining the ILO, Steven held several management positions at both the Federal and Provincial level of the Canadian government. The only tripartite U.N. agency, since 1919 the ILO brings...

Duration: 01:12:25

Ep 138: The Changing Nature of Talent for People and for Organizations

Monica Pool Knox is the Head of Global Talent Management at Microsoft Enterprises. She started with GTE (which would later become Verizon) and since then she has worked at several large companies including Pepsico, Sony, Twitter and she is now at Microsoft. Microsoft has 120,000 full time employees in 109 countries. But they also have a contingent workforce which is larger than their full time workforce! Contingent workers are doing everything that full time workers are doing, however,...

Duration: 01:10:31

Ep 137: The Transformation of One of America’s Most Iconic Companies

David Fairhurst is the Chief People Officer at McDonald’s. Prior to joining McDonald's in 2005, Fairhurst held senior roles at H J Heinz, SmithKline Beecham and Tesco. For four consecutive years (2008-2011) he was voted the UK's 'Most Influential HR Practitioner' by readers of HR Magazine and in 2012 was awarded the magazine’s first ever Lifetime Achievement Award for an HR practitioner. McDonald's is the world's leading global food service retailer who, including franchisees, employs...

Duration: 01:22:16

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