Still a young person, Hamza Khan has evolved from a self-described bad boss to the the Co-founder of SkillsCamp, an organiaztion devoted to preparing others to think and be better. Hamza’s TEDx talk on “Stop Managing, Start Leading has been viewed nearly 2 million times. Spend about a half hour with him and find out what all the fuss is about – and how YOU can lead even better!

Chris De Santis’ lively book, Why I FInd You Irritating: Navigating Generational Friction at Work, is one of the most insightful, useful guides to understanding others in posotive, productive ways. We explore what differences do tend to exist, why, and how to harness them for everyone’s benefit. Imagine a world in which we embrace difference as an asset! This conversation will propel you into that realm of possibility.

It’s always fun when SHIFT Co-founder and CEO, Joe Mechlinski, stops by. This visit allows us to revisit his terrific June 2022 TEDxPearlStreet talk about the constraints of tradition (look up the origin of the QWERTY keyboard – oy!), explore the ongoing lessons of M&A from up close, and touch on hot topics from the great resignation to tech-enabled consultancies. Funny, fast-paced, insightful.

Talk about ripping the bandaid off, Gil Mayron, Founder and CEO of Cobot Nation – a leader in collaborative robotics – makes it clear that jobs built around routine, repetitive tasks are slated to be taken over by technology…soon! In one of the IFOW’s starkest conversations, we learn about the momentum building towards and advancing capabilities of robotics as a labor shortage and optimization tool. No excuses, no mercy, no time. This is a call out to business owners to move quickly towards the opportunities of automation, and it’s an air raid siren to alert slews of workers to RUN for their employment lives!

Nikolaj Koster is Head of Mobility for Deem and a passionate advocate for overcoming traditional resistance to how we get from Point A to wherever we’re going. He shares his practical optimism on everything from the social benefits of sharing a ride to the enormous improvement in resource consumption as a result of robo-shuttles and EVs. We cover ESG compliance and rewards to ghost kitchens and help you plan for different in a thoughtful and competitvely advantageous way.

Jim Barnett is CEO and Co-founder of Wisq and previously helped start and lead Glint. Wisq is a closed community for people who are part of the same organization that allows them to interact about non-work topics and areas of interest. Built on data that shows that happier poeple performer better at work, Jim’s considered view is that people who have a sense of belonging are happier. Each organization being its own complex ecosystem needs to adapt its use of the platform and surrounding practices as it sees fit. The pandemic undercut belonging; Wisq posits it can help reactivate the micro-connections that are the foundations of belonging and the happiness and productivity that flow from it.

Rajiv Ayyanger, Co-founder and CEO of Tandem – a virtual office for remote and hybrid teams, loves to work together with his co-founders and team. But he understands that today’s work space needs include places to gather physically and through technology, and a sense of place. By creating a variety of ways to connect and collaborate across these spaces, Rajiv is optimistic about the drive to what he calls “Remote Work 3.0” – essentially a hybrid, multiplayer environment in which people work together even better as technology fades into the background. One central piece of advice for designing the most productive and fulfilling work experience of today and tomorrow that he offers is to start thinking about the needs of the folks who aren’t in a shared, physical space. Hmmm, sounds like empathy!

Steve Curtin is a seasoned business executive turned consultant and author on a mission to elevate our understanding of “job essence” as a key tool to help people better connect with and fulfill the purpose of their roles in support of the reason their employer organization exists. In his latest book, “The Revelation Conversation: Inspire Greater Employee Engagement by Connecting to Purpose,” he lays out a process for revealing the total job to every team member and inviting them into an active process of living into the possibilities for their contribution. This ability to individually author one’s approach to better performance within the consistent framework of job purpose is just the sort of practical, high impact antidote for what ails the work world of the moment in which people are searching for something they can create right where they are.

Derek Lundsten is the President and Chief Culture Office of well-being innovator, LifeGuides – an organization that provides people trained to aid others by intentionally offering counsel that’s more casual than therapy and more qualified than a friend. LifeGuides and Derek’s podcast series, “Rebels with a Heart,” were conceived well before the pandemic and remain even more relevant as that chapter of our experience fades. Derek is committed to amplifying likeness in a time of division, and imbue executives with a responsibility to lead consciously in ways that motivate and foster connection.

Jason Greer, Founder and President of labor relations and diversity training firm Greer Consulting, has earned the nickname “The Employee Whisperer” by channeling his pain into a highly refined ability to meet people where they are and inspire them to find better places through sharing their story and feeling more connected.