From his perch as Managing Director at Allegis Partners specializing in placing people leaders on boards and in C-Suites, John Anderson has seen a lot of growth in the representation of those who’ve devoted themselves to the human resource at the top of organizations. Still, 300% growth only amounts to about 8% of board membership. John gives us his view and insights from drawn from working with leaders at top organizations to build diverse, high performing leadership teams. You’ll definitely take away an idea or two and some action items.

Alice Carleton went from highly regarded consultant to in-house role creator at Ceros: Head of People Potential. With a specific emphasis on emerging leaders, she is engineering accelerated trajectories to overcome the lack of time highly dynamic organizations suffer in scaling. Learn through her lessons some of what you can do to provide expedited development of skills and their application to balance a lack of first-hand experience that only comes with more “flight time.”

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.