Starting work in the nineties, I quickly discovered that professional mastery had a lot to do with your ability to manipulate complex Excel spreadsheets. Analysts crunched numbers, programmers cracked code. These days, 21st century companies are trying to do the exact opposite – putting the power to create software and automate activities, in the hands of people closest to the work. Rick Willett, CEO of Quickbase, is one of the people leading this no-code revolution. Formerly at GE, and now focused on reinventing enterprise collaboration, we spoke about the future of work and the power of algorithmic decision making.
There are many mistakes that leaders make that undermine their leadership and influence. Most of them are based in self-interest, ego and apathy, but there is one common mistake that destroys leadership on a regular basis.
Too many leaders are guilty of hypocritical expectations – meaning they expect their people to behave one way and exempt themselves from the same expectations…. Read the full post here!
I caught up with Jamie Metzl for a coffee in Bryant Park, New York. A fellow futurist, geopolitical expert and sci-fi novelist – suffice to say, we had lots to chat about. Jamie is a Senior Fellow of the Atlantic Council, serves on the Advisory Council to Walmart’s Future of Retail Policy Lab, and even ran (unsuccessfully) for the U.S. House of Representatives. It seemed strangely appropriate that our topic of conversation – human performance and leveraging technology to live much longer – was with someone who himself completed thirteen Ironman triathlons, twenty-nine marathons, and twelve ultramarathons.
Time Breaks Everything… The Case for Intentional Reinvention. (Pt 1)
Why did they computerize my stove?
Seriously, was that “Lite-Hi-Med-Lo-Off” thing not working?
I’ve said it hundreds of times, “If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it!”
Well, hold on… as much as I’ve said that, it turns out there is a fatal – yes FATAL – flaw in that mindset:
Time breaks everything.
We assume that if we keep doing what is successful it will keep being successful.
That is no longer true, if it ever was. (It wasn’t, it just used to take longer).
Everything around us is changing, including the pace of change itself, which is increasing exponentially.
That includes the environment surrounding you and everything you’re doing.
Therefore, when you perform the same service or make the same product in the same way, just by staying the same you’re falling behind; the world is passing you by rendering your offering broken or obsolete, even though you’re doing what’s working.
With more than 200 inches of snow each year, and a good eight hour drive from a major city, Michigan Tech didn’t see many recruiters from outside of the Midwest. That didn’t seem right to Garrett Lord. Why should talent be located just in geographies closest to tech companies? After driving to college campuses across the country, he realized that student access to opportunities was universally unequal, and so along with Scott Ringwelski and Ben Christensen, decided to form Handshake to reinvent the college recruiting business. I caught up with Garrett in Las Vegas, to talk about how data might change the way companies find, recruit and manage talent in the future.
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