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Author: Hunter Hastings & Jeff Saperstein

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Are You Ready For Your Interconnected Future?Your future holds great promise. Everyone in all groups and all geographic regions can benefit from the adjacent possibilities that technology affords. Our focus is on how people, interconnected through platforms and apps on global exchanges, can create the new institutions, organizations, career paths, and opportunities for themselves and others. On this podcast we interview entrepreneurs, technologists, and innovators who are helping to make that future a reality.
31 Episodes
Jeff interviews Laura Prisc, an Organization Leadership and Executive Coach as well as the author of Conscious Leadership: Are Your Leaders Wide Awake? Laura talks about Individual Empowerment and how she utilizes the diagnostic tool Strength Finders for self-discovery and Consciousness Leadership for team building and leadership development. Some of the topics Jeff and Laura also discuss:Collaboration as a way to approach life and work. (1:30)Laura’s career and background, and a few stories about her life. (2:50)How Laura defines “empowerment mentoring” and her use of Strengths Finder in the mentoring world. (7:50)The characteristics people have to overcome to become “empowered” and what it really means to be empowered. (10:44)A fresh interpretation of empowerment, and how to feel it for yourself. (13:15)Why Laura loves Strengths Finder and how she uses it. (15:00)Examples of what a Strengths Finder profile might illustrate. (16:30)The concept of “confident vulnerability”. (20:20)The definition of “consciousness leadership”. (21:30)What makes for a good leader in a new organizational paradigm? (24:30)Building emotional intelligence. (29:30)What does “consciousness leadership” as a tool. (30:55)Laura’s Podcast, Making Space For Conversation That Matter. (34:30)Are you enjoying our Interconnected Individuals podcast series? Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes so you get notified when new episodes are released. You can also learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Dart Lindsley, Google and former-Cisco Organization Design and Talent Executive in a second interview to discuss how to justify employee engagement to management. Dart also explores what it means to feel "whole and alive" at work.Some topics covered by Jeff and Dart include:Dart Reminds us of his Management Philosophy and addresses what managers and employers have historically gotten wrong. (1:20)How the culture at the companies Dart has been a part of contributes to “degrees of freedom” and employee engagement. (9:20)What “Workers as Customers” really means, and how to persuade management to invest in the concept and redefine the mission of the work unit. (14:00)Jeff’s observation that to date workers have been looked at as an expense, not an investment (or customer). (20:00)What it means to be whole and alive as a worker and the value component relative to being 'disengaged' at work. (22:15)Can workers really rise to the level to be “whole and alive” and also create enough value for the enterprise to thrive? Do millennials entering the workforce right from school have a different set of expectations? (27:40)The intangible things that improve relationships with workers but don’t cost the organization very much. (32:30)The transition from college to full-time employment. (35:00)A summary of what impact Dart would like to see happen for our individual work experiences and how to find what we want in career navigation. (37:30)Are you enjoying our Interconnected Individuals podcast series? Don’t forget to subscribe on iTunes so you get notified when new episodes are released. Learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Ninh Tran, Co Founder at Hiretual to discuss how Hiretual is using AI to screen and recruit talent for major companies and organizations. Ninh will discuss hiring trends, the talent recruiting process, and how individuals can improve online reputation and presence. He will also discuss the skills gap that you can actively work on to increase your market value and become more competitive for recruiters.Some topics covered by Jeff and Ninh include:the nature of online recruiting, how it has evolved over time, and how his company helps organizations in talent search. (1:30)emergent opportunities in fast-growing fields. (6:15)which professional characteristics and skills of individuals are most in-demand by recruiting organizations he works with. (10:20)Ninh's views on the future of HR. (12:35)Ninh's advice for those who want to get recognized and be more highly valued in the online job market (15:30)the do’s, don’ts, and merit of using videos in recruiting. (19:15)Ninh's passions and personal goals about and how it impacts his life and work. (24:40)Learn more about Hiretual at and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Michael Perman, Innovation Futurist, Author, and Consultant of C’Est What? about how Michael sees “the experience” as a marketing insight and how organizations and individuals can create new realities. His book "Craving the Future” provides guidance and practical exercises for you to develop a more creative, innovative mindset.Some topics covered by Jeff and Michael include:Michael explains the thesis of his new book, “Craving the Future”, and discusses what he believes people truly crave in their lives. (1:00)Michael identifies ways to re-imagine the future and create new realities for themselves (including skills and examples). (2:30)Jeff asks Michael a few questions about his own personal evolution, his creative mindset and career experience. (7:00)Michael discusses how his creative mindset and the way he saw the world transitioned over the course of his life and career. (11:00)Jeff asks Michael about his transitions between different roles in his own career and how people can “re-imagine” themselves. (13:35)Michael explains how one should approach the challenges to working in a ‘resistant’ environment. (16:25)Michael discusses how he’s been able to maintain passion and enthusiasm throughout his career, and discusses what motivates him today and for the future. (18:40)Check out Michael’s website and podcasts at, order a copy of his book on Amazon, and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Robert “Kim" Wilson, author of “They Will Be Giants: 21st Century Entrepreneurs and the Purpose-Driven Business Ecosystem.” Kim is an executive high-achiever and business innovator with a proven track record working with large, global enterprises as well as start-up entrepreneurs. Kim’s business solution of Ecosystems is an agile, adaptable approach thru which any business leadership team can improve value creation and innovation.Jeff and Kim discuss the distinction between a network and a purpose-driven business ecosystem as well as Kim’s seven principles for creating and flourishing a business ecosystem.Some topics covered by Jeff and Kim include:The definition of a purpose-driven ecosystem and how it differs from a professional network (1:23) Exercise as a metaphor for purpose-driven activity (11:30)A detailed description of principles and practices that will help your ecosystem create real value (12:00)A short summary of each principle for listeners to jot down as a note (25:00)Advice Kim has as a first step for those who want to improve their professional network and build a purpose-driven ecosystem (27:49)Why is this personally important to Kim (31:20)Check out "They Will Be Giants" on Amazon, and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Eilif Trondsen, formerly with SRI and Strategic Business Insights (SBI). Eilif is both an international innovation consultant and futurist. He discusses EdTech, trend-spotting, and how to build your own professional network for a purpose-driven Echosystem.Some topics discussed include:The current state of EdTech where Eilif believes the industry is headed (1:45)The opportunities emerging worldwide for people to jump into EdTech as providers and users (5:30)How individuals should prioritize their own continuous learning and what criteria should they use to decide what to learn and where to learn it (7:45)Suggestions for how someone could stay ahead of the curve when planning their learning (11:30)The values that motivated Eilif's work and how he made career transitions (15:15)What advice Eilif has for those who want to improve their professional network and develop an ecosystem (19:30)How Eilif decides who are the right people to trust and collaborate with (23:00)Advice for mentoring others (26:45)Eilif’s journey to America (29:15)How to evaluate companies you might want to work for (31:50)Check out Strategic Business Insights to learn more about Eilif's work, and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Dick (Richard) Reisman on his FairPay proposals for a new pricing logic for the digital services economy that improves value and revenue sharing for the customer, while building a better business model for the digital services organization.Dick Reisman is the founder of Teleshuttle. FairPay is a radical approach to revenue and a cooperatively adaptive hybrid of free and paid content pricing for digital media content that extends to all digital services. He proposes a new “invisible handshake” based on the power of computer-mediated markets to build more collaborative relationships.In this interview, we explore emergent pricing, empathy in the technology-augmented ecosystem, the role of the investment community and new metrics to value companies based on customer co-creation in pricing and loyalty, and how network and platform distribution disrupts the old transactional model. Some topics discussed:Dicks Vision for FairPay (2:25) The history and flaws with current pricing models and explains some talking points of his value-based pricing model (5:00) Examples of who decides the price in different buyer-seller relationships (8:40) The differences between dynamic pricing in models like ridesharing and FairPay’s ambitions to have more transparency and cooperation between buyer and seller (12:30) Similarities and differences to other value theories which look deeply at everyone in the value chain (18:00)Dicks ideas about internet regulation, data, disinformation (20:15)The new logic of the digital economy and flaws in subscription-based pricing (24:25)The investment community’s role in FairPay (26:50)The role of empathy in the entrepreneurial mindset and the investor community (30:50)What Dick envisions for his legacy (36:30)Check out Dick’s blog posts at and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Robert Scoble and Irena Cronin, founders of Infinite Retina on Spatial Computing (AR/VR) and the opportunities for Entrepreneurs to develop business solutions in this emergent Tech wave. The discussion covers how Robert and Irena view the new entrepreneurial opportunities, and how Infinite Retina helps entrepreneurs with their Spatial Computing projects. Robert will also give his perspective on what it takes to be a great entrepreneur in the application of leading-edge technology and what he has learned in almost 20 years of observing, scrutinizing and calling out winning ideas and people who create the future.Some topics discussed:Robert and Irena's vision for Infinite Retina (2:35) How the spacial computing paradigm compares to the previous waves of tech innovation (5:20)Definitions of VR and AR today (10:50)Robert and Irena to identify some of the characteristics of the best entrepreneurs (13:20)How spatial computing is about to change our work experience (20:00)How can individuals plan for the future of a career that will likely include spatial computing technology (23:50)Get to know more about Robert and Irena by checking out Infinite Retina's website and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff Interviews Vint Cerf, Vice President and Chief Internet Evangelist for Google, about his views on the future of AI, Google’s role in creating the tools for improving collective intelligence and group/individual performance, and workforce readiness through continuous learning and up-skilling.Some of the topics Jeff and Vint discuss include:Challenges and opportunities being created AI becomes more prevalent (1:28)Google and Alphabet, Inc raising the collective intelligence and being a force for good (6:25)The importance of “learning to learn” and what it means for individuals and their careers (17:00)How individuals can translate learning experiences into value creation (22:45)How technology change affects our work experience (26:30)The evolution of a generation of “Internet Natives” and their skills (31:50)Get to know more about Vint by checking out his Google Bio and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff Interviews Cathy Pearl, head of Conversation Design Outreach at Google and author of “Designing Voice User Interfaces” to discuss her views on AI, Voice User Interfaces (VUIs) and emergent opportunities in the field of online communications.Some of the topics Jeff and Cathy discuss include:How the use cases of voice interface have exceeded business applications and help us personally in the day to day (1:58)Cathy's book - a guide for people trying to develop voice interface applications (3:11) The challenges of designing voice interfaces that interact with humans (4:05)Cathy's "bigger picture" for voice and how it can truly help people (7:00) The future of work and career opportunities for people in the VUI field or who hope to enter it (9:00)How students in universities right now can prepare for a career in the VUI field with resources like Google Conversation Design Best Practices (11:40)How VUI can help improve empathy and enable people to have more fulfilling lives (14:30)Get to know more about Cathy and her work by visiting or on Twitter @cpearl42 and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Jonathan Levy, head of the Global Learning team at Autodesk.Jeff and Jonathan talk about organizational design, career development, and lifelong learning.Check out Jonathan's organization at and learn more about this podcast and Jeff Saperstein at
Jeff interviews Chitra Rajeshwari, Executive Director of the Avasant Foundation, a Non-Profit organization that identifies and supports programs that uplift and provide opportunities to the needy in underdeveloped and emerging economies.Jeff and Chitra discuss her successful transition from a career in business to a Non-Profit, how to find passion in fulfillment in your work, and how she brought an entrepreneurial mindset to her Non-Profit.Learn more at
Jeff interviews Kailash Joshi, past President of The Indus Entrepreneurs (TiE), a prominent global organization of entrepreneurs. He also co-founded American India Foundation, a prominent organization in support of education, women’s causes and economic uplifting. Jeff and Kailash discuss networking, mentoring, and his vast experience on how to bring the dreams of others to fruition.Learn more at
Jeff interviews Jerry Michalski, Public Speaker, Trust Advisor and founder of REX - The Relationship Economy eXpedition, to discuss how organizations understand trust, and how to create a mind map for curated memory.Learn more at
Jeff interviews Kevin Wheeler, Founder Global Learning Resources and Future of Talent Institute, to discuss the future talent recruitment trends recruiters will most value and how workers can best prepare and present themselves. Learn more at
Jeff Saperstein and Hunter Hastings Interview Elizabeth Isele, Founder and CEO of the Global Institute for Experienced Entrepreneurship, to discuss how her organization empowers cross-generational experience through entrepreneurial thinking and acting to drive successful innovation within corporations, governments, education and research to boost social and economic prosperity worldwide.Learn more at
Jeff Saperstein interviews Dart Lindsley, Google and former-Cisco Organization Design and Talent Executive, on how to design work for the whole person and to be fulfilling.
Jeff Saperstein interviews Mario Herger, CEO of Enterprise Garage Consultancy, to discuss how he views Silicon Valley and Innovation mindset both from an organization and regional perspective. As a Technology and Trend Researcher, Mario explains that if you understand trends and have the mindset to create the future you can be better prepared.Learn more at
Jeff Saperstein interviews Wayne Skipper, Founder and CEO of Concentric Sky, to discuss how Wayne is helping to create an open standards ecosystem focused on catalyzing advancements in education that augment university education to prepare people for the future of work.Learn more at
Jeff Saperstein interviews Margarita Quihuis, Behavior Technologies Expert at BJ Fogg's Behavior Design Lab at Stanford, discussing how to navigate a career to build expertise and interests in service to the common good. Margarita is engaged as a Global Consultant with using technologies to increase pro-social behavior. She explores her own career path to show how she uses her mastery of subject areas and plug into different roles, organizations, and regions to achieve both her autonomy and personal purpose. She also talks about mentoring, continuous learning, and pivoting to satisfy your own work experience.Learn more at
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