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Learn from the leadership journey of purpose-driven changemaker CEOs & leadership insights from top global thought leaders and best-selling leadership book authors. Your host Mahan Tavakoli, who Thinkers360 recently named as one of the top 10 global thought leaders on management, has over 25 years of executive leadership experience and serves as a consultant and coach to some of the highest-performing organizations and CEOs. In the conversations, you will learn from the leadership journeys of successful CEOs and the latest in leadership thinking from top global thought leaders. Purpose-driven CEOs, including David Rubenstein, Jean Case, Marty Rodgers, Rosie Allen-Herring, David Gardner, Charito Kruvant, Tien Wong, Diane Hoskins, Dan Simons, Bill Novelli, Hakeem Oluseyi, Irma Becerra, Richard Bynum, Nicole Lynn Lewis, Ernie Jarvis, Tony Pierce, Stephanie Linnartz, Chuck Robb, Alex Orfinger and Linda Rabbitt. Global thought leaders and best-selling leadership book authors, including Ken Blanchard, John Kotter, Charlene Li, Steven M.R. Covey, Ram Charan, David McRaney, Gary Bolles, Aaron Hurst, Natalie Nixon, Greg Satell, Garry Ridge, Azeem Azhar, Rich Diviney, Maz Jobrani, Warren Berger, Whitney Johnson, David Marquet, Ranjay Gulati, Vanessa Bohns, Patrick McGinnis, Jim Detert, Jonah Berger, Tim Clark, and Michele Wucker. Partnering Leadership podcast is available on all podcast platforms and at Follow the Partnering Leadership podcast on LinkedIn: Twitter: @PartneringLead Unleash Your Team's Potential: Follow Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn: Twitter: @mahany Email:

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Partnering Leadership conversation between Mahan Tavakoli and Tom Taulli focuses on applying artificial intelligence (AI) in leading teams and organizations. Tom Taulli is a technology investor, advisor, and author of Artificial Intelligence Basics and a brand new book, Generative AI: How ChatGPT and Other AI Tools Will Revolutionize Business. Mahan begins the conversation by talking about the five critical areas for organizational leaders to consider concerning AI: strategic applications, operational efficiencies, changes in leadership approaches, tactical applications, and societal impacts. This conversation with Tom Taulli starts with a couple of critical updates and then focuses on the tactical applications of AI by executives, teams, and organizations.  Some Highlights:- Why AI will impact all organizations from across industries- How AI will impact leadership in organizations- Concerns raised by Jeff Hinton, Sam Altman, and other AI experts- The impact of regulation of Black Box Models on innovation- The latest in AI tools from Google and Microsoft - How to encourage experimentation with AI in teams- Why companies are investing billions of dollars in the AI space- Where executives and teams can start experimenting with AI- The impact of AI on streamlining business processes- Where to go to find the best credible resources on AI- How to do better prompt engineering with ChatGPT- Safety and security concerns to consider when using generative AI- How AI will impact the workplace of the futureMentioned:Tom Taulli’s brand new book on generative AI:: Generative AI: How ChatGPT and Other AI Tools Will Revolutionize Businessandreeson horrowitz AI Canon OpenAI Best Practices for Prompt Engineering Connect with Tom Taulli:Tom Taulli Website Tom Taulli LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Lee Benson, Founder of Execute to Win (ETW) and author of Your Most Important Number: Increase Collaboration, Achieve Your Strategy, and Execute to Win. In the conversation, Lee Benson shares his origin story, from his early days as a musician to his rise as a successful CEO, and the inspiration that led him to start ETW. Lee then breaks down the concept of value creation, showing its three forms and how focusing on it can significantly improve an organization's culture and results. Next, using clear examples, Lee Benson explains how companies can set up operating systems that bring teams together and keep everyone focused on creating value. Wrapping up the episode, Lee Benson shares practical advice on overcoming obstacles and setting up effective value-creation systems in all types of organizations. Some Highlights:- From Rock and Roll to Aerospace: Lee Benson's Unconventional Journey- Shaping Value Creation: How Lee Benson's Upbringing Impacted His Perspective- Turning the Tide: Leading an Underperforming Organization to Success- Aligned Decision-Making: Its Crucial Role in Organizations and How to Master It- The Need for Transparency: Lee Benson's Insights on Openness in Business- Unveiling the MIND Methodology: How to Leverage a Team's Most Important Number- Driving Success: How Leaders Can Encourage the Right Behaviors in Their Teams- Alignment and Value Creation: Understanding their Powerful Interplay- Performance Improvement Strategies: Practical Tips to Enhance Organizational Performance- The Twin Pillars of Leadership: The Vital Importance of Clarity and AccountabilityConnect with Lee Benson: Mind Methodology Website Execute to Win Website Lee Benson on LinkedIn Your Most Important Number: Increase Collaboration, Achieve your Strategy, and Execute to Win on Amazon Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Professor Ajay Agrawal, the Geoffrey Taber Chair in Entrepreneurship and Innovation and Professor of Strategic Management at the University of Toronto's Rotman School of Management. Ajay Agrawal is also the founder of the Creative Destruction Lab (CDL), a not-for-profit program for early-stage, science-based companies, and coauthor of two outstanding books on Artificial Intelligence: Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence and Power and Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence. In the conversation, Professor Agrawal shared the origin of his passion for studying the intersection of technology and economics and the increasing importance of artificial intelligence for organizations as a decision-making tool that brings down the cost of prediction. Ajay Agrawal then explained why this shift would significantly impact individuals, organizations, and industries as machines enable better predictions while humans focus on the judgment required for decision-making. Finally, Ajay Agrawal shared examples of the transformative impact of the reduction in the cost of prediction and how leaders can help guide their organizations through the significant changes ahead.Some highlights:- Three people that helped shape Ajay Agrawal's career path- Why looking at AI from an economic perspective clarifies its potential to transform organizations and industries- Ajay Agrawal on the role of predictions in artificial intelligence - The importance of human judgment in decision making- How AI decision-making will redefine roles in the workplace- The disruptive economics of artificial intelligence - How generative AI such as ChatGPT works and what causes mistakes and misstatements- Ajay Agrawal on the importance of upskilling professionals - How organizations can redesign their structures and processes to take into account the new predictive world- The impact of AI on systems-level change- How organizations can leverage AI for business success- Why we're on the brink of a set of transformations that none of us have seen in our lifetimes- How AI can help create a better futureConnect with Professor Ajay Agrawal:Ajay Agrawal website Ajay Agrawal at Rotman School of Management Ajay Agrawal on LinkedIn Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence on Amazon Power and Prediction: The Disruptive Economics of Artificial Intelligence on Amazon Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Lily Zheng, Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Strategist and Consultant. Lily Zheng is also the author of DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right. In the conversation, Lily Zheng talked about their upbringing, education, and how it influenced their perspective on race and inequality. Next, Lily Zheng shared why they advocate for a systemic approach to tackling DEI, including outcome-oriented measurements and accountability. Lily Zheng also talked about meritocracy and why complex problems require complex solutions. Finally, Lily Zheng shared examples of how leaders can think about and act on DEI with an outcome orientation benefiting the organization and its team members.  Some Highlights:- The origin of Lily Zheng's sense of responsibility and gratitude- Why do so many diversity, equity, and inclusion initiatives fail- How to increase the likelihood of success of DEI initiatives - Lily Zheng on why trying to change hearts and minds is not effective- The importance of creating inclusive environments and how to do it well- Why making the business case for diversity can be counterproductive- How to measure DEI efforts with accountability - What most leaders get wrong about meritocracy in the workplace Also Mentioned:Partnering Leadership Conversation with Jack Philips on Show the Value of What You Do: Measuring and Achieving Success in Any EndeavorConnect with Lily ZhengLily Zheng's Website Lily Zheng on LinkedIn DEI Deconstructed: Your No-Nonsense Guide to Doing the Work and Doing It Right on Amazon Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Paul Roetzer, Founder & CEO of the Marketing AI Institute and Co-Author of Marketing Artificial Intelligence: AI, Marketing, and the Future of Business. After sharing his origin story, Paul shares why he became fascinated with AI in 2011 as a marketing agency owner. Next, Paul Roetzer explains how his curiosity led him to look deeper into AI, investigate it further, and speak to marketers about its potential, eventually leading him to found the Marketing AI Institute. Then Paul Roetzer shares his perspectives on where AI can be most helpful in content creation and how he believes that will impact organizations. Additionally, he shares thoughts on the potential concerns and opportunities that business and political leaders need to address as AI use proliferates. Finally, Paul Roetzer shares ideas on how organizations can experiment with AI to stay ahead of the curve and fully take advantage of opportunities.  Some Highlights:- AI's impact on content creation and marketing and AI's role as an indispensable writing assistant - The impact of AI-driven advancements on the workforce and various aspects of the job market- Why professionals must come to terms with the reality of potential job losses in specific sectors- Opportunity for new career paths that will eventually emerge as AI becomes more prevalent in various industries- The significance of responsible AI and maintaining focus on its impact within organizations- Implications of Bloomberg's groundbreaking generative AI tool and what it means for other organizations- Why organizations need to focus on responsible application of AI across all business functions- The importance of experimenting with AI tools and the concerns around copyright limitations- How marketing firms can differentiate their services in a world of AI-generated content- Why organizations need to pilot quick-win AI projects - Paul Roetzer on how to think about an AI roadmap for your organization- How professionals and leaders can stay ahead of AI developments - The importance of political and business leaders addressing the impactConnect with Paul Roetzer:Marketing AI Institute Website The Marketing AI Show Podcast Paul Roetzer on LinkedIn Marketing Artificial Intelligence: AI, Marketing, and the Future of Business on Amazon Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with John Kotter, professor emeritus at Harvard Business School, co-founder of a management consulting firm Kotter International and a pioneer in organizational change. John Kotter is the author of 22 books on change, including his most recent book, Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile times. John Kotter talks about the struggles leaders and teams face when it comes to change and how to transform organizations to adapt to change effectively and rapidly. Some highlights:-John Kotter on the role of human nature on our resistance to change-The essential components for initiating change in the organization-Understanding the Survive and Thrive mode and how it impacts our ability to change-The power of Guiding Coalition to help bring expertise, energy, and perspective across the organization-The difference between management and leadershipAlso mentioned in this episode:Kelly King, Chairman, and CEO of Truist FinancialBook by John Kotter:Change: How Organizations Achieve Hard-to-Imagine Results in Uncertain and Volatile Times Connect with John Kotter:John Kotter - Kotter International IncJohn Kotter on LinkedInJohn Kotter on FacebookJohn Kotter on Twitter Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli first shares some of his perspectives on the transformation organizations and leaders will face due to advancements in artificial intelligence. Then Mahan welcomes Tom Taulli, AI author, investor, and advisor, to discuss the letter asking for a pause on the development of generative AI, the potential disruptive impact of generative AI, and the potential of AI agents built on top of Open AI's Chat GPT. They also discussed the need for serious conversations around AI ethics and the need for responsible AI. Next, Tom Taulli talked about the potential of generative AI, such as Chat GPT, for automation, customer service, and cybersecurity. He mentioned the concept of hallucination, where the AI can give false answers that seem convincing, and the importance of setting up prompts to get better responses. He also mentioned using generative AI for coding, image creation, and summarizing information. Mahan and Tom further discussed the implications of AI chat agents and voice cloning technology, including the potential for AI to deceive people and the need for regulation to protect privacy. Finally, Tom Taulli addressed some potential uses of AI in the workplace and what professionals need to do to stay ahead of the many changes resulting from AI applications in the workplace. Some Highlights:- Generative AI and its Potential Disruptions- Implications of the letter asking for a six months pause on the development of advanced generative AI- AI agents such as AutoGPT, BabyAGI, and their potential uses - Applications of generative AI in marketing, customer service, image creation, and cybersecurity- Rise of chat agents and potential social consequences - Implications of voice and video cloning technologies- The necessity for human input in AI systems- How and why professionals can develop new competencies as a result of advancements in artificial intelligence Connect with Tom Taulli:Tom Taulli Website Tom Taulli on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Edward D. Hess. Ed Hess is a Professor Emeritus of Business Administration at the Darden Graduate School of Business, University of Virginia. Ed Hess is the author of 15 books, including OWN YOUR WORK JOURNEY: The Path to Meaningful Work and Happiness in the Age of Smart Technology and Radical Change. In the conversation, Ed Hess shares why the rapid speed of technological change drastically differs from the previous eras and the impact it will have on companies and individuals.   Ed Hess then shares the importance of becoming adaptive learners, its value to organizations, and strategies on how individuals can do that. Finally, Ed Hess shares specific ideas on becoming adaptive learners to keep up with the speed of change and quiet our egos for greater happiness and resilience through turbulence.    Some Highlights: - The importance of being an adaptive learner- Ed Hess on three ways to add value in a way that technology can't- How to listen effectively and its importance- Why quieting the ego is hard and why it's so important- Ed Hess on three ways to add value in a way that technology can't - The importance of higher-order critical thinking - How to build caring, trusting, positive emotional relationships- Ed Hess on the value of mindfulness and meditation- How to become an iterative problem solver Mentioned in this episode:Partnering Leadership Conversation with Professor Edward Hess on How to Adapt to the Speed of Change Through Hyper Learning and HumilityConnect with Professor Edward Hess:OWN YOUR WORK JOURNEY!: The Path to Meaningful Work and Happiness in the Age of Smart Technology and Radical Change Ed Hess at the University of Virginia Darden School of BusinessEd Hess on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Yuval Atsman, Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company. In the conversation, Yuval Atsman discusses the difference between good strategies and why many organizations have lousy strategies. Yuval Atsmon goes on to share why CEOs and executives must embrace and experiment with AI to improve decision-making in the strategic planning process. Yuval Atsman then shares potential applications of AI technologies, including generative AI. Finally, Yuval Atsmon talks about the importance of AI readiness for businesses and how CEOs and senior executives can move quickly on AI while bringing their team members along to align and effectively execute organizational strategy. Some Highlights:- The difference between good strategy and bad strategy and why so many organizations end up with a bad strategy- The most common mistakes with organizational strategy and how to avoid them- Yuval Atsmon on the most significant challenges in implementing strategic plans- How to use AI to support strategic meetings and conversations- Why team member awareness and readiness are critical factors that will determine the speed of AI adoption in organizations- Yuval Atsmon on AI-enabled business strategies- The importance of considering tolerance level for mistakes with generative AI - How to use AI to get insights on strategy relevance and align it to generate value-creation opportunities- Yuval Atsmon on why AI readiness will be crucial for businesses - The human factors that support the adoption of AI in organizations- How to use AI for a positive impact on the quality of decision-making in boardrooms.- Why companies that don't make AI a default approach will quickly fall behind - How companies can balance the potential benefits of AI with the need for human oversight and awareness- The most critical and time-sensitive actions CEOs and executives need to take on AIConnect with Yuval Atsmon:Yuval Atsmon at McKinsey & CompanyYuval Atsmon on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Joseph Fuller, Professor of Management Practice in General Management at the Harvard Business School and co-lead of HBS's Managing the Future of Work initiative. In the conversation, Professor Fuller addressed the shifting nature of work and how organizations can attract, retain, and improve the productivity of their human assets. Joseph Fuller then shared research on hidden workers, degree inflation, and the necessity for partnerships between colleges and employers to bridge the chronic skills gap. Finally, Professor Joseph Fuller spoke about the evolution of leadership and the skillsets necessary for CEOs and leaders to succeed in the age of A.I.   Some highlights:-Joseph Fuller on the impact of workforce trends on U.S. competitiveness-Why organizations will continue to struggle with finding talent until they change their approach to hiring-Professor Fuller on the barbellization of the U.S. workforce-Training and development's role in mitigating turnover rates-Why many workers use remote work as a proxy for what they really seek-How leaders can think about talent as a strategic differentiator-The leadership skills most needed in the C-Suite -How A.I. is changing the CEOs role and who is best suited to become a CEOConnect with Professor Joseph Fuller:Joseph B. Fuller Faculty Page Harvard Business School Joseph Fuller on LinkedInManaging the Future of Work PodcastConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Carolyn Dewar. Carolyn is a Senior Partner at McKinsey & Company, McKinsey's Global Practice Leader for CEO & Board Excellence, and co-author of the book CEO Excellence: The Six Mindsets That Distinguish the Best Leaders from the Rest. In the conversation, Carolyn Dewar shared how the authors identified the world's highest-performing CEOs using empirical data and determined the six mindsets that set the best apart. The six mindsets are Corporate Strategy (focus on beating the odds), Organizational Alignment (manage performance and health), Team and Processes (put dynamics ahead of mechanics), Board Engagement (help directors help the business), External Stakeholders (center on the long-term "why?"), and Personal Working Norms (do what only you can do). Carolyn Dewar also went over some of the critical practices of CEO excellence and what organizational leaders need to consider as they plan for the future of work.  Some highlights:-The essential role of CEOs in the organization and how the CEO's role has changed over the years-Carolyn Dewar on why purpose and core values matter -How top-performing CEOs approach their roles differently-Carolyn Dewar on what being bold means for a CEO-Why leaders should prioritize high functioning teams over individual performance -Carolyn Dewar on building trust and strong relationships in senior teams-The role of ongoing growth, development, and coaching for CEOs-How the pandemic has shifted our expectations from CEOs Connect with Carolyn Dewar:McKinsey & Company WebsiteCEO Excellence on AmazonMcKinsey & Company on TwitterCarolyn Dewar on LinkedInConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli reflects on the impact of the accelerating speed of change due to artificial intelligence hitting the inflection point of its exponential curve. To discuss the latest in AI and how the developments will impact organizations, Mahan speaks with Tom Tulley, author of Artificial Intelligence Basics, who is also an investor and advisor to AI companies. First, Mahan and Tom discuss the significance of the release of GPT-4, its uses, and the importance of GPT-4 plugins. They also talk about Microsoft Bing, Microsoft's Co-Pilot, Google's Bard, and the impact of platforms incorporating AI technology into their office tools. Next, Tom and Mahan talked about how these tools will impact knowledge work and some of the concerns regarding the potential disruptive impact of AI. Then the discussion turns to how organizations and teams can approach experimentation with AI tools to take advantage of the opportunities and stay ahead of the competition. Finally, Tom Taulli shares what leaders must consider when implementing AI technology in their organizations.Some Highlights:- How the rapid advancement in artificial intelligence is transforming the world- The difference between GPT-3.5 and GPT-4 and the potential uses for GPT-4- Microsoft Co-pilot and examples of how to use generative AI in teams and organizations - Tom Taulli on using AI-based technologies to automate repetitive tasks and the use of chatbots in organizations- Potential applications of AI in knowledge management- OpenAI CEO Sam Altman's concerns about AI and the need for conversation around AI's future applications- What generative AI doing well in various tests means for various professions- Generative AI's impact on jobs, including coding- AI applications in the workplace Additional Partnering Leadership episodes on Artificial Intelligence:Tom Taulli: AI Bootcamp for LeadersDan Turchin: AI & The Future of WorkMahan Tavakoli: AI & The Augmented Future of WorkLouis Rosenberg: AI, Augmented and Virtual RealityEmily Yu: AI Technology to Support Social ChangemakersConnect with Tom Taulli:Tom Taulli Website Tom Taulli on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dave Ulrich. Known as the Father of modern-day HR, Dave Ulrich is the Rensis Likert Professor at the Ross School of Business, University of Michigan, and a partner at the RBL Group, a consulting firm focused on helping organizations and leaders deliver value. Dave Ulrich has published over 30 leadership, organization, and human resource books.    The discussion with Dave Ulrich touches on measuring a leader's effectiveness, the difference between being a leader and leadership, and how HR has evolved to become more crucial to company success. Next, Dave Ulrich addresses why leaders should focus on certainty while leading through greater uncertainty. Dave Ulrich went on to talk about the importance of positive accountability and emphasized the value of creating leadership brands that cater to customers' expectations. Finally, Dave Ulrich shared why good leadership involves empowering others and building their brands rather than just promoting the leader's brand and how that connects to the concept of value creation for stakeholders.Some Highlights:- Dave Ulrich on the characteristics of good leaders--The role and importance of HR in creating value for stakeholders- How leaders can focus on creating value in uncertain times- -Why positive accountability is a necessity in outstanding leadership and how to do it well-Dave Ulrich on how to empower others to build their brands- Why the receiver defines value and the importance of that perspective in leadership- The role of human resources in creating value for stakeholders through talent, organization, and leadership.- The necessity of focusing on customer expectations in creating successful leadership models.- Dave Ulrich on the one trait that all great leaders have in commonConnect with Dave Ulrich:The RBL Group Website Dave Ulrich on LinkedIn Dave Ulrich at University of Michigan Ross Dave Ulrich books on AmazonConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Emily Yu, Founder & CEO of AI Priori. AI Priori is a technology startup that offers social changemakers a compelling new way to understand and address the world's most pressing challenges using AI technology. Emily Yu talked about how her background made her passionate about social change and using technology to understand better and address social needs. Emily Yu finally shared her vision for AI Priori and the positive potential of AI applications in the social sector to surface insights and drive action for a more significant positive impact.Some Highlights:- From Georgetown School of Foreign Service to pursuit of culinary arts- Emily Yu on working at Ogilvy on the  Heart Truth Campaign- The Case Foundation--at the intersection of technology & innovation for social good- The importance of taking calculated risks to create more robust programs to generate ideas for social good- Emily Yu on the benefits of entrepreneurial approaches in philanthropy- The value of taking risks with intention in order to push the envelope with programs- The challenges that philanthropy faces in addressing inequity- Emily Yu on the dynamics of trust-based philanthropy- The potential for philanthropy to scale its impact through AI-driven social change - AI Priori's vision and potential for foundations and program officers- AI and bias in social sector funding - How to leverage AI to tackle social challengesMentioned:Partnering Leadership conversation with Jonah Berger on Magic WordsPartnering Leadership conversation with Jean Case on Be Fearless: 5 Principles for a Life of Breakthroughs and PurposePartnering Leadership episode  Augmented Future of Work with Artificial Intelligence, Going Beyond the AI Hype to Visualizing & Embracing Possibilities with 10 AI ToolsHuman + Machine: Reimagining Work in the Age of AI by Paul R. Daugherty and H. James Wilson on AmazonAndrew Ng Website and AI Resources Robert Wood Johnson Foundation Connect with Emily Yu:AI Priori Website Emily Yu on LinkedIn Emily Yu on Twitter Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Louis Rosenberg. Louis Rosenberg is a pioneer in virtual and augmented reality with over 300 patents; he has started multiple businesses, including Founder Immersion Corp, Founder Outland Research, and Unanimous A.I., for which he currently serves as CEO and Chief Scientist.     Louis Rosenberg has focused his work on the boundary between technology and human perception, aiming to enhance human performance with technology. In the conversation, Louis Rosenberg shared why he is wary of the potential for technology to dehumanize people and works to push the boundaries to augment rather than replace human intelligence.   Louis Rosenberg shared why he believes A.R. will be the primary way people access digital lives, replacing mobile phones with eyewear that spatially registers content to the real world. In addition, augmented reality and mixed reality will become more prevalent as society progresses. Finally, Louis Rosenberg shared his perspectives on the power of human swarm intelligence through Swarm technology as an example of the potential positives for the future of humanity in the collaborative use of artificial intelligence.  Some Highlights:- Louis Rosenberg on the Potential of Virtual, Augmented, and Mixed Reality Technologies- The inevitability of Augmented and Mixed Reality in the digital age- Use of Augmented Reality in the medical space - The impact of Augmented Reality on different professions - Louis Rosenberg on Augmented Reality's potential in education and training - Why there is a need for policy solutions in Augmented Reality - The positive potential of the Metaverse- Dangers of unregulated AI-driven persuasion in the Metaverse- Louis Rosenberg on using Swarm Intelligence for smarter decision making - The use of Swarm Technology to forecast the future - How to use A.I. to harness the power of the human brain and the knowledge and information it containsMentioned:Partnering Leadership conversation with Tom Taulli on A.I. Bootcamp for LeadersPartnering Leadership conversation with Dan Turchin on A.I. & The Future of WorkConnect with Louis Rosenberg:Unanimous A.I. Website Louis Rosenberg's articles on BIG THINK Louis Rosenberg's articles on Venture BeatLouis Rosenberg on LinkedIn Louis Rosenberg's TEDx Talk New hope for humans in an A.I. worldConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Paul Rothenberg.  In the conversation, Paul Rothenberg shared why he came to Washington DC, how his career led him to an executive search career, and Paul joined the McCormick Group in 1994.   Paul Rothenberg went on to talk about his active involvement in the community, including serving as Chairman of Columbia Lighthouse for the Blind; Chairman of Goodwill of Greater Washington; Executive Committee of the Rosslyn Business Improvement District (RBID); Chair of the RBID Urban Design Committee; Co-Chairman of TechMatch; Vice Chairman, United Negro College Fund; and member of the Board of Directors for the Greater Washington Board of Trade, Leadership Greater Washington, Fairfax Chamber of Commerce, D.C. Chamber of Commerce, and Big Brothers of Washington.  Finally, Paul Rothenberg shared the common attributes of the most successful CEOs and leadership lessons he has learned from his career in recruitment.  Some highlights:- Why Paul Rothenberg joined the Marine Corps- The newspaper business and leading the Washington Times- Contributing to the community through service as well as executive search- Paul Rothenberg on the stories behind recruiting top-performing CEOs- Joining the first class of Leadership Greater Washington- Leadership lessons learned from board service as well as leading boards of directors- Paul Rothenberg on the importance of cultivating meaningful relationshipsMentioned:Partnering Leadership conversation with Lyles CarrPartnering Leadership conversation with Barbara Davis BlumPartnering Leadership conversation with Tony CancelociPartnering Leadership conversation with Catherine MeloyConnect with Paul Rothenberg:Paul Rothenberg at The McCormick Group Paul Rothenberg on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Garry Ridge, former CEO and Chairman of WD-40.   In the conversation, Garry Ridge shared his origin story and how a quote from the Dalai Lama helped him focus on organizational purpose. Next, Garry explained his why and the how behind making WD-40 an organization where people can contribute, learn something new, and ultimately go home happy. Then, Garry Ridge shared the leadership wisdom he has gained from Ken Blanchard and Marshall Goldsmith and his focus on creating a ripple effect of happiness. Garry Ridge also laid out the leadership practices and approaches that led employee engagement at WD-40 to reach 93.5%, with 98% of the people working at the company loving to tell people they work there and 97% trusting or respecting their boss.   Finally, Garry Ridge talked about the importance of strategy and the most critical element in leading an organization to achieve its strategy and succeed.Some highlights:- How Garry Ridge ended up as CEO of WD-40 - The importance of authentic purpose in building a global brand- Creating a culture of engagement and accountability at WD-40- The role of coaching in the organization- Garry Ridge on leading WD-40 from a market cap of $300 million to over $2.5 billion.Timestamps- Hierarchy of values and how best to use them in decision making- How to embed organizational values- Garry Ridge on his approach to succession planning at WD-40- Building a culture that outlasts you- The difference made by leadershipMentioned:Partnering Leadership conversation with Dr. Ken Blanchard on Simple Truths of Leadership Connect with Garry RidgeGarry Ridge Website Garry Ridge on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Dr. Anne Kress, President of Northern Virginia Community College (NOVA), the third-largest multi-campus community college in the United States and the largest educational institution in the Commonwealth of Virginia. In the conversation, Anne Kress shares the origin of her passion for community college education and its impact on people's lives. Next, Anne Kress talked about the importance of bridging the gaps in the community by providing opportunities for more people to access education and onramps to rewarding careers. Anne Kress finally shared thoughts on partnerships to help develop the future workforce, meet business needs, and support a thriving community. Some highlights:-Anne Kress on the impact of her father's certificate from the Milwaukee Institute of Technology-The Paper Ceiling and why it's essential to break it!-Benefits of hiring based on skillsets rather than four-year degree-Anne Kress on leading NOVA through the pandemic -The role of community colleges in higher education and workforce development-Anne Kress on NOVA's comprehensive support for learners-The impact of artificial intelligence (AI) on the future of education-How NOVA is shifting its curriculum to keep pace with changes in the economy and the needs of employers -Innovative partnerships to support students and meet business as well as community needs-The importance of ensuring access to affordable, high-quality education and workforce trainingMentioned:Partnering Leadership conversation with Dan Turchin on AI and The Future of Work Partnering Leadership conversation with Tom Taulli on AI Essentials for Leaders Connect with Anne Kress:Northern Virginia Community College NOVA Presidents Office Anne Kress on LinkedIn Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this Partnering Leadership conversation, Mahan Tavakoli speaks with Jonah Berger, Wharton School professor and internationally bestselling author of Magic Words, Contagious, Invisible Influence, and The Catalyst. In the conversation, Jonah Berger talked about the role of influence in our lives and leadership. He explained why influence is a tool and how to use it for positive impact. Jonah Berger then addressed the role of language in influencing others, and the six types of research supported magic words for influence. Next, Jonah Beger shared the role of confidence in influence and how to use it appropriately, depending on the situation. Finally, Jonah Berger talked about the power of storytelling, the language of similarity and difference, and how to use personal hedges to show openness to other perspectives.Some highlights:- Why influence is neither positive nor negative- How words influence behavior- The research behind the power of 'because'- How leaders can use influence for good- The six types of magic words to influence- How our environment impacts our behaviors- How the language used in emails can predict whether you are likely going to get promoted or get fired- The role that words can play in identity and agency- The importance of certainty to influence and how to do it right- How leaders can use influence to move their organization in a good direction. - The one type of question that makes you seem more intelligent and competent.- The Power of words in influencing others- Leaders should be aware of the power of words and their use in influencing others - The importance of follow-up questions and how to do them well- What do the best storytellers do differently than the others- How to lead for positive influence Connect with Jonah Berger:Jonah Berger Website Jonah Berger on LinkedIn Magic Words on Amazon Mentioned:Partnering Leadership conversation with Warren Berger on the Power of Questions and Questioning Connect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
In this episode of Partnering Leadership, Mahan Tavakoli speaks about how Artificial Intelligence (AI) can transform the future of work and leadership. Mahan first addresses the hype around AI and urges caution while also mentioning the long-term transformative impact of AI on organizations and the future of work. Next, Mahan shares why he believes the future of work will be an augmented one where human intelligence will be augmented through the use of Artificial Intelligence. Then, to help listeners visualize the potential applications of AI, Mahan shares ten AI tools and their current applications. Finally, Mahan reiterates the exponential changes that we will see as a result of AI and urges listeners to look at potential uses of AI in their organizations and daily workflow, highlighting the many more Partnering Leadership conversations with leading practitioners and thinkers in AI ahead.  Some highlights:- Why we should be mindful of the hype cycle and stay focused on the substantial changes brought about by the use of artificial intelligence  - The side hustle phenomenon around ChatGPT- How using AI tools can help us see potential applications for augmenting our work and leading our teams and organizations - Why AI will be more transformative than the internet - Ten AI tools for possible experimentation- Mahan on why the future of work is going to be augmented with AIMentioned:Partnering Leadership podcast conversation with Dan Turchin, CEO of PeopleReign and host of AI and the Future of Work PodcastAI tools:Notion: a single space where you can think, write, and plan. Tome : AI-Powered Storytelling App creating visually stunning and engaging presentations with easeSpirit Me: Instant video production with digital avatarsAskAI: Build your own AI Q&A with any content in minutesWithDelphi: Talk to your favorite expertsJasper: AI Copywriter and content generatorTool Tips: Get simple, contextual explanations of any highlighted text on the web and PDFsRationale: AI decision-making toolFireflies: AI meeting assistant Boomy: AI generative music creatorConnect with Mahan Tavakoli: Mahan Tavakoli Website Mahan Tavakoli on LinkedIn Partnering Leadership Website
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