KEYNOTE ADDRESS – SIMPLY BRILLIANT:
HOW GREAT ORGANIZATIONS DO ORDINARY
THINGS IN EXTRAORDINARY WAYS
Bill Taylor is a bestselling author, celebrated entrepreneur and
ground-breaking thinker. He made his name as co-founder and
founding editor of Fast Company, one of the most influential magazines
of the last two decades. Fast Company has won countless awards
and has earned a passionate following among executives around the
world. Since starting Fast Company, Taylor has written three books on
growth, leadership and change. His new book, Simply Brilliant: How
Great Organizations Do Ordinary Things in Extraordinary Ways, was
named Best Leadership and Strategy Book of 2016 by 800CEORead
and one of the Best Leadership Books of 2016 by Leadership Now.
His last book, Practically Radical, was a Wall Street Journal bestseller.
His previous book, Mavericks at Work, was a New York Times bestseller
and was named a Business Book of the Year by The Economist and
the Financial Times. Taylor is a graduate of Princeton University
and the MIT Sloan School of Management.
Taylor is an agenda-setting writer, speaker and entrepreneur who
chronicles the best ways to compete, innovate and succeed. His keynote
speech discusses how in a world being remade before our eyes,
leaders who make a difference are the ones who can reimagine what’s
possible at their organization and in their field, and who can turn bold
strategies into relentless execution. Explore how the best leaders exude
both originality and utility – provocative thinking that energizes
their colleagues, a roll-up-the-sleeves approach to work and culture
that shapes how everyone shares ideas and solves problems.
Taylor will help the audience understand the connection between
strategy and culture – why “who you are” in the marketplace
shapes and is shaped by “how you behave” in the workplace. He
believes that the first job of leaders is to convince their colleagues
that playing it safe is the riskiest course of all, and that the most
successful companies and cultures are those that best handle setbacks
and mistakes. To Taylor, in a world disrupted by technology,
change is about recognizing the power of emotion and psychology,
in the workplace as well as among customers.
Attend Bill Taylor’s keynote address at HRPA’s Annual Conference and
Trade Show, Feb. 1 at 8:15 a.m.
KEYNOTE ADDRESS: THE FUTURE OF
AUTHORITY AND THE RISE OF AI
“My key interest is helping people understand what the future
holds for them,” says Jesse Hirsch on his website.
Hirsch owns and operates Metaviews Media Management Ltd.,
which focuses on research and consulting around new media business
models, big data and the strategic use of social media. He is also
a co-founder of the Academy of the Impossible, a peer-to-peer lifelong
learning facility. Because of the impact technology has on our relationship
with the world, Hirsch believes that it should be used in responsible
and creative ways. He encourages audiences to use technology as the
catalyst for collaboration, education and growing thriving organizations.
For two years, he was the host of an interfaith show on the Rogers
and OMNI networks called “3D Dialogue,” which explored the world’s
religions and spiritual paths through interviews with practitioners, gurus,
holy people and cynics regarding their rituals, scriptures and beliefs.
Hirsch was educated at the McLuhan Program at the University of
Toronto and recently completed a master’s degree at Ryerson University
focusing on algorithms and predictive analytics.
In Hirsch’s eyes, who we listen to and trust is changing, while
smarter systems are emerging that are ready to make decisions on
our behalf. Artificial Intelligence (AI) and machine learning are
transforming every sector and industry. In some areas, this technology
is increasing capacity and capability and in others, automation
will lead to dramatic consolidation and disruption, especially
surrounding employment. There are significant ethical issues to
consider as we embrace these smart systems, especially when algorithms
are wrong or exhibit prejudice. Similarly, privacy and
security pose unique problems as we place more trust in systems
that depend upon massive amounts of data. Hirsch’s keynote presentation
will look at the impact of AI, and relatedly Blockchain
technology on a range of sectors and industries, particularly HR,
and the ongoing role of humans in an era of autonomous and intelligent
machines. Hirsch will help the audience discover what
individuals and organizations will require to not only survive this
turbulent era, but more importantly, to live long and prosper.
Attend Jesse Hirsch’s keynote address at HRPA’s Annual Conference
and Trade Show, Feb. 1 at 1:00 p.m., sponsored by JungoHR.
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