The Future of Work Podcast With Jacob Morgan | Futurist | Workplace | Careers | Employee Experience & Engagement | (business)

This week’s episode with Sree Sreenivansan, who is the Chief Digital Officer at the Metropolitan Museum of Art.  Digital transformation in the workplace is a massive topic, everyone from Chief Human Resource Officers, to people in Innovation and Technology are talking about it. Chief Digital Officers are emergent titles; they are springing up everywhere as we move forward in the new digital workplace.  Sree shares what he is doing and thinking about when it comes to the Digital aspects of work.


Chief Digital Officer’s tasks can vary from company to company.  At the Metropolitan Museum of Art, Sree leads a team that produces all audience facing technologies.  Emails, social media, videos, applications, and development are all part of accomplishing not only the daily tasks at hand, but the goal of his department.  Sree looks at his position as helping to make connections between the physical and the digital content, as he describes, the “in person and online”.  He believes that if you can do that, you will have a successful enterprise. The future of all business is making that connection between the physical and digital.  It is important to build that virtuous circle.  There is a powerful image that highlights this, this example is in regards to the Met.  If you get people to follow your stuff online, and they love what they see, they can get inspired to visit the Met in person. After they visit in person they love what they see, and they are convinced to stay connected on social platforms.  This can be applied to the digital goals of many companies, digital content provided by a business can inspire a visit or a purchase of a product.   

What you will learn in this episode:

  • What is the Digital Workplace?
  • What are Trends Driving the Digital Workplace?
  • What is the Difference between Employees and Managers in this New Workspace?
  • What is the Future Going to Look Like?
  • Best Practices
  • Biggest obstacles
  • Internal Side of Digital and Social Platforms
  • External Side of Digital and Social Platforms
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Category:Business -- posted at: 9:46pm PDT

What this episode is about and why you should care

My guest for this week’s episode of the Future of Work podcast is Sophie Vandebroek.  Sophie is the CTO of Xerox and the President of Xerox Innovation Group, she also has her PHD in Electrical Engineering from Cornell.  Sophie shares her extensive knowledge with us today, including her fascinating perspectives on Innovation. We dive in to her personal and corporate history, which is a very inspirational and relatable story. We look at the Five Best Practices for Innovation, focusing on who is going to be effected by the results of your company’s Innovation, the end user.  We also go into great detail on how to establish an Innovation culture, providing the resources for the proper research and development, and allowing flexibility and freedom to test and try many different solutions for products and services that will fulfill the needs of the consumer.

Xerox is a great example of a company who, is well known for some of their products.  They are constantly looking at the future of work, and have grown and adapted themselves to encompass so much more.   Included in their business, are their Innovation labs located around the world.  Sophie explains how Innovation has changed in her tenure, the best practices she has acquired for successful Innovation research and forecasting.   The acceleration of Innovation is great.  We have advanced so far in technology, with the internet, mobile devices, big data analytics, the room for Innovation in the Future of Work is endless.

What you will learn in this episode

Innovation Best Practices

How Innovation Has Changed

Trends in Innovation

How Millennials are Impacting Innovation

How to Drive Innovation

The Role of Robots and Automation

The Scale of Innovation

Implementation of Innovation


Links from the episode

Direct download: Sophie_Vandebroek_Podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 9:09pm PDT


Today I sit down with James D. White, the CEO of Jamba Juice. We speak about what the culture is like at Jamba Juice, what the CEO values most at his company. Jamba Juice has spent a lot of time cultivating their corporate culture, and specifically focusing on heath and wellness. We look at the role of technology and trends that are shaping this shift towards organizations spending more time looking at health and wellness. The goal of this podcast is to look at how creating an effective corporate culture centered on a brand's key values is so important to organizations around the world.

The corporate culture at Jamba Juice is centered on their core values. Health and Well-being runs through Jamba Juices's veins. If you can actively engage individuals inside of a company to build a culture they want to live in, you have a much higher chance of being successful. Personal investment of the individuals of your company, helps move the culture and performance of the company as a whole ahead. Many conventional businesses put on constraints, and its easy to stay inside these standards, even when moving from one company to another. It is really important to look at the company's mission, and create the culture rooted in it's own beliefs. What works for one, may not be what is best for another company. There is a large shift in people who want to work for a company that they feel connected to. Using feedback to source your information first hand, you can capture the spirit of each employee, creating the benefits that not only provide a passion to their work, but a corporate culture that drives a happy and productive workforce.


In this episode you will learn:

  • What is Corporate Culture 

  • What makes an effective Corporate Culture.

  • How employees connect to a company

  • The Future of Work employees and what they are looking for in their future employers

  • Achieving an engaged workforce

  • The importance of community

  • The trends shaping the happy and engaged workforce

  • How to create a great Corporate Culture

  • Technology in Corporate Culture

  • The purpose driven company



Direct download: james_d_white_jamba_juice_Podcast.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 7:42pm PDT

What this episode is about and why you should care

Today I sit down with Kristen Robinson, Chief HR at Pandora located in Oakland, CA. Kristen flourishes and has a phenomenal impact in the Human Resources department with a vast amount of insight on how to successfully operate in the HR arena with any corporation. Pandora for those of you who don’t know, is a free personalized internet radio service that consists of over 1750 employees. Kristen and I dive into why the Employee experience is crucial in any workplace and how it can benefit any business. 

The Employee experience is about happiness & helping employees fulfill happiness and accomplishment in their lives. Employees that are the happiest both at work and in their lives are the ones that are going to have a strategic advantage compared to other companies. Learn about what Pandora is doing to unleash the employee experience to make it a better work environment for everyone. Kristen shares with me how Pandora is hyper-focusing on integrating very powerful tools to improving the employee experience. Take some time in your day to be sure to listen to Kristen’s view on the overall employee experience. She truly knows what it’s all about and I’m certain you will enjoy and agree with everything she has to say! 

What you will learn in this episode

• Learn about Kristen Robinson and Pandora

• What Kristen is doing at Pandora to help make the employee experience better.

• Learn about the Employee Experience at Pandora & why it is important.

• Why should Managers and executives care about the Employee Experience? 

• How changing your space can affect the mindset of people in your work environment.

• Giving back and how it can personally enhance one’s life. 

• What is PERG’s at Pandora?

• Why Pandora has shifted to having an annual review process without employees having the fight or flight syndrome through Growth & Development.

• Why they employee experience that is so becoming in the world today. 

• In your short time here what are the short phrases that the Pandora Road Crew uses to explain their experience. 


Direct download: Kristen_Podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:36pm PDT

Centro is a media managment software company with around 700 employees. They were ranked as the best place to work in Chicago for 4 years in a row by Crain's, the #1 best place to work by Fortune among all mid-size Ameican companies, and they have a 4.5 rating on Glassdoor. Clearly Centro is doing something right. At the helm of the company is their CEO Shawn Riegsecker. He has a very simple philosophy around work which is that happiness is the new ROI.

In this episode of the future of work podcast Shawn and I explore some of the things he is doing over at Centro, how he defines happiness, the overall business impact of happiness on Centro employees, the role of corporate culture, and much more! Tune in and listen to this episode of the future of work podcast with the CEO of Centro, Shawn Riegsecker as explore why happiness is the new ROI!

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Category:Business -- posted at: 9:58pm PDT

This week we are talking about independent workers and freelancer economy which is a critical topic around the future of work. My guest this week is Gene Zaino who is the president and CEO of MPO Partners which provides support for these types of self-employed workers. In this episode we look at things such as the current state of the independent workforce, the future of employement, government rules and regulations, and the impact of the freelancer economy on how we work.

Direct download: Gene_Zaino_Podcast_Done.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 8:30am PDT

My guest this week is Aaron Taylor Harve who is the environments design lead at Air BnB. We explore the impact that workspaces have on engagement and culture and how Aaron and AirBnB go about creating amazing workspaces for employees. Aaron also gives vauable advice for employees and organizations looking to utilize their physical space to improve how employees work and how they feel about where they work.

Direct download: aron_taylor_harvey_podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 4:18am PDT

What makes a company a great place to work? To learn how The Motley Fool became the #1 company in America to work for I spoke with their chief collaboration officer Todd Etter. We look at everything from their core values to their actual workplace setup. Enjoy!

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Category:Business -- posted at: 9:36am PDT

You may have heard of the sharing or collaborative economy where consumers are getting what they want from each other isntead of through corporations. But what is driving this new model, how does it impact businesses, and what does the future of the sharing economy look like? These are some of the questions we explore with my guest this week, Jeremiah Owyang, the founder of Crowd Companies.

Direct download: Jeremiah_podcast.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 6:46pm PDT