In the wake of the new Michael Jackson documentary Leaving Neverland and the subsequent interview with Oprah Winfrey, keynote speaker Jason Hewlett is retiring his Michael Jackson impressions and even taking the extraordinary steps to remove footage from his wide volume of videos.
That’s a bold move, at considerable time and expense for Jason – but it doesn’t come as a surprise to us, nor his growing audience base. Jason’s entire career, speaking and business foundation, and his life is now and has always been “family friendly first”.
In his revealing post regarding the decision, Jason shares the inherent pull of integrity that has him walking away from “the moonwalk” and all things Jackson in his performances and keynotes. He also describes the decision as less from a place of judgement and more from a place of empathy and his own internal compass of what he feels is right for himself and his audiences.
Jason’s powerful keynote topics often revolve around what he calls “The Promise” for leaders, teams, innovators, and organizations. The often hysterical, always entertaining, and even emotional messages have attendees asking themselves deep personal questions about their own personal and professional promises and what that means when leading a purposeful life.
As one of our valued keynote speakers, we fully support Jason’s decision and applaud him for being tapped and tuned in enough to the world conversation, as well as his own integrity level to make this move.
Our world is a very complex one, especially in today’s advances of 24/7 news cycles and often embroiled social media spirals. There are rarely easy answers or simple black and white situations. What there is a lot of however are compassionate, promise-filled people like Jason Hewlett who are constantly reaching to produce the highest value with integrity and honor. We’re proud to be the team that helps him bring his messages to the world.
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Futurist and global nomad Mike Walsh has synthesized years of research and interviews with some of the world’s top business leaders, AI pioneers and data scientists into a set of 10 principles about what it takes to succeed in the algorithmic age. Across disparate cultures, industries, and timescales, Walsh brings to life the history and future of ideas like probabilistic thinking, machine learning, digital ethics, disruptive innovation, and de-centralized organizations as a foundation for a radically new approach to making decisions, solving problems, and leading people.
Mike’s exciting new book is the basis of a brand new keynote presentation that explores the impact of AI and automation on leadership and what companies need to be doing in 2019 to prepare for the world of 2030.
I tuned into late night TV recently and caught an episode of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight and found myself laughing – but also listening when the topic turned to automation. He was right on target – albeit hysterically irreverent. In the episode Oliver shares how recent articles and news stories have started to create panic with gloomy headlines such as “Technology is Taking Your Jobs” making their way to the world stage. He then wisely reminds his audience that technology has been shifting the way we work, live, learn, and more for a very, very long time.
With speaker and author Mike Walsh as a client, the topic made my ears perk right up and I found myself nodding right along. Mike’s new book, The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines are Smarter than You hits the nail on the head in dispelling myths and sharing how savvy consumers and business leaders are leveraging technology instead of fearing it.
The truth is that when we think back even ten years ago, technology and machine intelligence have dramatically changed the way we live, work, communicate and absorb information. It’s certainly changed and improved processes and discoveries in fields such as medicine, engineering, and travel.
As an organization that represents some of the top speakers in the business and connects them with clients from all over the globe, I know the impact algorithms and technology have made on our company and the way we operate.
What John Oliver gets right – and what Mike Walsh teaches – is that our world is changing, swiftly, exponentially, and across all lines and all industries. Artificial Intelligence and automation are complex topics that invoke both fear and excitement. Fear for those who refuse to recognize and understand them, and excitement for the opportunities they are.
Thankfully, there are good people like Mike to help break down this extraordinarily complex topic and skillfully (in terms we can all relate to) share what it all means for leaders, employers, team members, and all of us.
Adam Alter, author of the New York Times bestseller Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink summed up the book perfectly when he wrote, “Mike Walsh’s The Algorithmic Leader is an intelligent and timely look at leadership in the digital age. If the twentieth century was governed by leaders of people, the twenty-first will be governed by leaders who understand the relationship between people and the technologies that define the modern workplace. Walsh exposes not just opportunities, but also potential pitfalls, ultimately leaving today’s leaders smarter and better prepared for the coming rise of algorithms and big data.”
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