46 minutes | Oct 6th 2018

077: Being Human In A World of Automation with Alexandra Levit, Workplace Consultant, PeopleResults  

“Creativity is a skill that can be honed by everybody and should be.” - Alexandra Levit On this episode of The Pivotal Leader, Gina Trimarco interviewed Alexandra Levit, managing partner at PeopleResults and workplace consultant, author and speaker. A former nationally syndicated columnist for the Wall Street Journal and writer for the New York Times, Fast Company, and Forbes, Alexandra has authored several books, including the international bestseller They Don't Teach Corporate in College and her newest book HUMANITY WORKS: Merging Technologies And People For The Workforce Of The Future, in which she provides a vision of a future where people are free to work wherever and for whomever they choose, machines perform multiple tasks, and virtual teams come together and disband at lightning speed. She consults and writes on leadership development, human resources, entrepreneurship, career and workplace trends on behalf of numerous Fortune 500 companies including American Express, Canon, Deloitte, DeVry University, Intuit, SilkRoad, and Staples, and has spoken on these topics at hundreds of organizations around the world including Abbott, Aetna, Bank of America, Cardinal Health, Campbell Soup, the Federal Reserve Bank, the Human Capital Institute, McDonalds, Microsoft, PepsiCo, the Society of Human Resource Management, and Whirlpool. Podcast Topics Include: Managing and motivating the rising generations; Gen Y as the new leaders, Gen Z as the new Gen X Unconscious bias – things women can do to be part of the solution; negotiation and assertive communications Being called the B word; the difference between assertive and aggressive communication Transformational leadership: showing people you care The 3 Cs of Future Work: Collaboration, Customization & Creativity What roles machines and technology should play Being able to work cross-functionally and the ability of leaders to structure employee career paths Using creativity to have empathy, judgement and proble- solving skills in ways that machines cannot Practicing and promoting intrapreneurship Seeing the “writing on the wall” with automation threats to stay competitive and marketable, especially for tech employees lacking creativity The importance of human skills in all industries The importance of sales training for everyone (not just sales people) Having the mindset of being able to reinvent yourself Her biggest worry – people who won’t be able to adapt having to sell themselves all the time; by 2030 half of all workers will be part of the gig economy (contract workers) Using gamification and virtual reality simulations for our future avatars to connect interpersonally Strategies for businesses BEFORE things become dire FULL SHOW NOTES
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