In this episode, we spoke to Bret Greenstein who is Global Head of AI & Analytics for leading consulting firm Cognizant.Brett leads Cognizant’s Global Data Practice, focused on helping Chief Data Officers transform their businesses through Data Modernization.
Prior to this, Bret lead IBM Watson’s Internet of Things Offerings, establishing new IoT products and services. He holds patents in the areas of collaboration systems, a bachelor’s degree in Electrical Engineering and a master’s degree in Manufacturing Systems Engineering.In this wide-ranging discussion, we uncovered new uses for AI, around the notion of "Evolutionary AI".We also discussed how AI can help governments and countries prepare for the next COVID-19 pandemic, and Cognizant's involvement with XPRIZE to launch the Pandemic Response Challenge, a competition to create AI systems that can help societies reopen safely in the wake of COVID-19. Cognizant’s work was based on data from Oxford and John Hopkins and provided data-centric strategies for governments that want to support healthcare professionals in the fight against future pandemics.
We also covered:
My favourite quote of the episode was"Climbers climb mountains, data scientists find meaning in data"
We've had a number of AI experts on the show, and this episode was one of my favourites because of the way Bret explained very complicated topics in an easy to understand way. More on Bret
In this episode, we spoke to Sue Walter who is the CEO of Maggie and Rose, London's first and best-loved family members club.
Sue is no stranger to Member’s clubs, having been the CEO of the Hospital Club where we met back in 2011.
The Hospital Club was a club for creatives and was founded by Microsoft Co-Founder Paul Allen and Dave Stewart from the Eurythmics. It opened in 2004 and sadly closed in 2020.
Sue has had a diverse and interesting career having started in HR with the Metropolitan Police before being the HR Director at the Royal Opera House, worked for Universal Music, and joined the Hospital Club for the first time in 2002. She’s also worked in the Education sector, and was Group CEO of the Coppa Club before joining Maggie and Rose at the end of 2019.
Sue is an amazing and inspirational leader and we had a lot to talk about including:
What sue is currently reading: The Naked Sun by Isaac Asimov
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Braintrust is the new model for how work gets done, says founder and Chief Revenue Officer Gabriel Luna-Ostaseki on this episode of the podcast.Braintrust is the first user-controlled talent network that connects organisations with highly skilled tech talent.
In this fascinating discussion, we covered topics such as:
Gabriel argues that the move to distributed work has been going on for 10 years but it just got accelerated by a decade in the last few months.
One of the most interesting parts of our discussion centred around how to best manage people when they are distributed, and how companies and managers need to move to asynchronous communication. He argues that this is one of the things that a lot of big corporates have had difficulty doing, they basically moved out of their offices, but then they just kept all the same meeting structure.
With “people are just sitting on zooms for 10 hours a day”, meaning they actually don't get the benefits of distributed work when you're synchronous but distributed. He says that moving spoken to written communication unlocks a global talent pool, versus people having to be within your two hour time zone.
He sees this as a huge unlock, especially if you're if you are talent constrained, if you're trying to find the best technical talent in the world, if you can now expand to a global footprint, that's huge unlock for large corporations.
Another key topic centred around an HBR article that suggests introverts are better at managing remote worker than extroverts. Managers that are more like introverts that are really successful in remote environments that are empathetic, and that are focused on attention to detail, really clear communication, and, more servant leadership, where they're focused on helping their people to succeed.
If you’re interested in the future of work, and how distributed teams, backed by a distributed culture will be the ones to succeed post-pandemic then this podcast is a must-listen.
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Today's guest is the founding member and drummer from 1980s pop sensation Scritti Politti - Tom Morley.We had a fascinating discussion about how Tom moved from being a bonafide rockstar to become a "Rockstar Activator", motivating audiences and driving teamwork at events around the world through the use of music, instruments and a healthy dose of fun.Tom's journey to corporate speaker is a great story in itself and helps set the scene for the 43-minute episode. For the last 20 years, Tom has been using his unique blend of storytelling and percussion to get teams focused and motivated and break down silos.
Fast forward to 2020 and like most people, his business was massively disrupted.
All of his USPs were gone overnight- rhythm, harmony, the safety of performing behind closed doors.
Instead of "going off and writing a book for 12 months", Tom looked at the objectives behind his events: energise, connect, get outside your comfort zone, and do something unusual
Tom explains why his events work - he brings out the "wild twin" inside all of us.
We also discussed how Tom moved his business online, and how the first event we worked together on - The Podcast Festival on May 28th 2020 was a catalyst to shift gears in his online performance.There are also a number of gems in this episode and only a real rockstar could name drop David Bowie!Find out more about Tom at TomMorley.com
Today's guest is Jeremy Thompson, who is Executive Vice President of Huawei UK, and oversees the development of Huawei's UK businesses. Jeremy joined Huawei UK in 2012 as deputy managing director with specific responsibility for carrier strategy, business change, and key customers. Prior to Huawei, Jeremy worked for 20 years in senior management roles, including product leadership and telecoms joint venture development for BT group in the UK and other parts of Europe, including Spain and the Nordics.
Jeremy's also previously worked in the USA and the UK for an IBM software company and consulting businesses.
We spoke at length about Huawei's reaction to the recent UK Government decision to force UK mobile operators to remove all Huawei 5G equipment by 2027.We also addressed a number of other issues:
We spoke with James Cridland, Editor of leading podcast news site Podnews.Podcasting is on the rise, with 96,500 new podcasts in May 2020 alone. On this episode we discussed a number of topics related to podcasting, including:
Quick fire round
Three things to take advantage of podcasting
More information on James can be found at jamescridland.net
The podcasts and products mentioned on the podcast are listed below
Podcast Festival - podcastfestival.events
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In this special edition of the Practical Futurist Podcast, we spoke with Dan Ziv, CEO of Touchnote, a digital company that is providing a creative way for personal communication which I think we’d all agree is needed even more during this very challenging 2020.Dan runs a small company of 50 people, and we looked at how his company runs remotely, how he runs a company remotely and how his staff have responded to the challenges presented by the lockdown.We also covered a range of topics relevant for employers of any size as well as employees such as:
This was a really eye-opening episode to record and I know you will find many practical tips in the episode. Why not listen while out exercising during lockdown?For more on Andrew - what he speaks about and replays of recent talks, please visit futurist.london or follow @andrewgrill
In this time of extreme uncertainty, what can we do to to thrive and overcome an unprecedented time in our personal and business life?Dr Lynn Gribble based her PhD on the psychological underpinnings of the effects of retrenchment - that is thriving in uncertainty. We asked her back onto the show to look at some practical tips we can use during this uncertain time.Lynn last appeared on Season 1, Episode 8 of the show to look at the future of people management.On this special episode of the podcast we covered:
So networking is all about going to events, collecting cards and connecting on LinkedIn right? Think again! Any Lopata provides some incredible advice about how to move beyond simple "networking" and develop strong professional relationships.On this episode you will learn:
We've all heard about 5G or fifth generation mobile technologies but what is it all about and what does the future hold for 5G?To help answer this question, Practical Futurist Andrew Grill spoke to Paul Scanlan who is the CTO of Huawei's Carrier Business Group.In this episode, Paul discussed the 5 reasons to trust 5G.
1. No harmful electromagnetic fields
2. 5G is more secure than 4G
3. 5G will spur economic growth
4. 5G will produce less carbon than 4G
5. 5G increases trust in digital systemsWe also spoke about:
3 Things for next week
1. Ask your operator to deploy 5G2. Buy a 5G phone3. Turn off 2G and 3G networks
great practical tips.