Jan 9, 2018
Guest - Paul Michelman - Editor in Chief, MIT Sloan
This week on the podcast Paul Michelman - Editor in Chief, MIT
Sloan Management Review joins us for a great discussion that covers
a number of topics, including the impact of technology on business
and vice versa, and why the middle may not be the best place to
Paul is the former Editor in Chief of Safari Books Online, he
has worked with strategy+business, the Harvard Business Review, and
other prestigious organizations. Paul was also the
original executive producer and
host of HBR Ideacast, launched in 2006.
- What do you think
about the future of podcasting?
- How is technology
influencing business, how is business influencing
- How do you stay ahead
of the technology changes, while keeping the business
- Who is doing this
- What can we do at an
Individual Contributor level to impact organizational
- Can you apply math to
the risk of change?
- What is real &
what is BS when it comes to Artifical Intelligence
- Should we focus now
on specialization or should we diversify?
- Quality will continue
to improve, content will continue to improve.
- The popularity of
audio will continue to grow - it is the most flexible of media -
you can take it with you wherever you go.
- The rise of audio as
an interface - central way that we interact with devices -
continues to occur.
- For most of the
digital age - technology has been a support
- Tech has moved from a
supporting tool to being central to the way organizations
- From HR to anywhere
in the supply chain, to Sales, you cannot name a group that is not
being influenced or impacted by technology.
- Technology as a Skill: Senior leaders need to understand how
the technology impacts the business.
- Change & The Impact of Technology on the
Speed of Change
- Change is going to
happen, and it is going to happen more frequently.
- There is a level of
acceptance - change is here to stay.
- Things you may have
revisited annually, you now have to revisit quarterly.
- The higher level the risk, the harder the change may be,
including the ability to test. It is really hard to
Nanterme - CEO, Accenture
need to have a confidence that you are heading in the right
- Accept that you will not have all of the
- Companies that Will Handle these Changes Well
- Digitally native organizations (Amazon, Google,
Apple) - they are inventing as they go.
- Organizations that are modest - those that do
not fall in love with their own successes
- “Information has been democratized” - as an
example, Zappos have
given their people the latitude to make decisions that directly
impact the business.
- It is
not just enabling the workforce, it also means you have a workforce
that wants to embrace this enablement.
- Artifical Intelligence / AI
as a disruptor
the question about AI starts first with algorithms.
estimations of AIs impact are not overstated.
may be overestimating the impact in the short term, but
underestimated in the long term.
is a healthy shift in discussions, the perspective is shifting to
the belief that AI is going to enable us to do better things - not
- The Middle
- Don’t Get Caught in the Middle -
Organizations continue to get flatter.
- Executives in the middle of organizations are
- Employees ability to make decisions continues
to improve.The intermediary
role continues to be reduced. There are not many matchmakers
business intermediary is being replaced by technology.
- What to do about it.
- Develop your skills in tandem, don’t
lose sight of your personal ability to create value.
- It will help you manage your career
within and outside of an organization.
- Don’t be just a left brain person,
don’t be just a right brain person - keep developing your
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