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This week’s guest on the Future of Work Podcast is William Davies.  William Davies is the author of a book called The Happiness Industry: How the Government and Big Business Sold Us Well-Being.  He is also the Senior Lecturer at Goldsmiths, University of London. This is a very interesting topic, as engagement, health, happiness, and wellness are all topics that many companies are discussing and investing millions of dollars in. In William Davies’ book, he argues that we should be cautious when putting all of our investments in happiness and engagement.  His point of view will make you question if we are a bit carried away with this movement and focus on happiness. 

William Davies works on combining the history of ideas and a critical sociology of political and economic institutions. He is very interested in the way our economy is governed, and is shaped by theories of markets, individuals, and in the case of his book, theories of the mind. The ideas and methodologies used by experts, are used to correlate how we think and how it effects the economy, also how we run our organizations.  His book is a critique of the way our vision of happiness is becoming more and more powerful in how we transform the workplace and govern our private lives. 

What you will learn in this episode:

  • What is Happiness?
  • How is it Measured?
  • What is the Different Between Engagement and Happiness?
  • Commoditization of Happiness
  • What Impact Happiness Should Have on How We Work?
  • How is Happiness Measured?
  • Paradox of happiness
  • The Rise of Stress in the Workplace
  • Effects of Manipulation in the Workplace


(Music by Ronald Jenkees)

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Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am PDT

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

(Music by Ronald Jenkees)

Direct download: Sree_Sreenivasan_Podcast_DONE.mp3
Category:Business -- posted at: 12:01am 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


(Music by Ronald Jenkees)

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


(Music by Ronald Jenkees)

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