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Automation and Artificial Intelligence - Getting Past the Fear

By Karen Harris | Mar 08, 2019 | Comments Off

I tuned into late night TV recently and caught an episode of John Oliver’s Last Week Tonight and found myself laughing – but also listening when the topic turned to automation. He was right on target – albeit hysterically irreverent. In the episode Oliver shares how recent articles and news stories have started to create panic with gloomy headlines such as “Technology is Taking Your Jobs” making their way to the world stage. He then wisely reminds his audience that technology has been shifting the way we work, live, learn, and more for a very, very long time.

With speaker and author Mike Walsh as a client, the topic made my ears perk right up and I found myself nodding right along. Mike’s new book, The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines are Smarter than You hits the nail on the head in dispelling myths and sharing how savvy consumers and business leaders are leveraging technology instead of fearing it.

The truth is that when we think back even ten years ago, technology and machine intelligence have dramatically changed the way we live, work, communicate and absorb information. It’s certainly changed and improved processes and discoveries in fields such as medicine, engineering, and travel.

As an organization that represents some of the top speakers in the business and connects them with clients from all over the globe, I know the impact algorithms and technology have made on our company and the way we operate.  

What John Oliver gets right – and what Mike Walsh teaches – is that our world is changing, swiftly, exponentially, and across all lines and all industries. Artificial Intelligence and automation are complex topics that invoke both fear and excitement.  Fear for those who refuse to recognize and understand them, and excitement for the opportunities they are.

Thankfully, there are good people like Mike to help break down this extraordinarily complex topic and skillfully (in terms we can all relate to) share what it all means for leaders, employers, team members, and all of us.

Adam Alter, author of the New York Times bestseller Irresistible and Drunk Tank Pink summed up the book perfectly when he wrote, “Mike Walsh’s The Algorithmic Leader is an intelligent and timely look at leadership in the digital age. If the twentieth century was governed by leaders of people, the twenty-first will be governed by leaders who understand the relationship between people and the technologies that define the modern workplace. Walsh exposes not just opportunities, but also potential pitfalls, ultimately leaving today’s leaders smarter and better prepared for the coming rise of algorithms and big data.”

Find Your Why - Vinh Giang

By Dori Pominville | Mar 06, 2019 | Comments Off

Vinh Giang thoroughly enjoyed speaking for a group of 6000 students recently. His message...which applies to all of us...Find Your Why.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jvs_NgYgQ1U

Learn more about Vinh Giang here!

Grow Your Business - Tim Sanders

By Dori Pominville | Feb 26, 2019 | Comments Off

Learn more about Tim Sanders and his innovative keynotes!

Unlocking Amazing Potential - Mike Rayburn

By Dori Pominville | Feb 20, 2019 | Comments Off

Mike Rayburn practices what he preaches. At a recent event, Rayburn put together a new song mashup 2 hours before going on stage. Hear him put together Journey, U2 and The Police in an amazing "What If.." moment.

Learn more about Mike Rayburn!

Why we love what we do at cmi!

By Dori Pominville | Feb 14, 2019 | Comments Off

Happy Valentines Day!

All the ladies at cmi want to spread the love and let everyone know why we love what we do. We try to make sure that our speakers and clients feel the love everyday!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=jFrpaA9EcAQ&t=2s

Learn more about cmi and what we can do to bring the perfect speaker to your event!

 

NEW Profile Video - Chris Bashinelli

By Dori Pominville | Feb 12, 2019 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FWBWKYQzNUs

Learn more about Chris Bashinelli and what he brings to your event!

What If Challenge - Mike Rayburn

By Dori Pominville | Feb 11, 2019 | Comments Off

The What IF? Challenge is 16 powerful sessions, each a fun, 3 – 4 1/2 minute video with a carefully chosen “What IF?” question designed to align and transform your teams’ mindset for innovation, opportunity and performance. Learn more on Mike Rayburn's Website here!

Read more about Mike Rayburn here.

AI, Algorithms, and the Changes That Are Here to Stay

By Karen Harris | Feb 08, 2019 | Comments Off

Image credit: Center for Generational Kinetics

If you’re finding article after article and news story after news story referencing Artificial Intelligence (AI) and algorithms – you’re not alone! Sources tell us that AI is changing the landscape of how people do business, how markets shift, how we travel, purchase, sell, and how organizations map out the future.  That’s just the tip of the iceberg.

Forbes columnist Bernard Marr shared five of his top predictions for 2019 in an insightful article that spells out how it can potentially affect politics, transparency, automation, jobs, and more. “AI points towards a future where machines not only do all of the physical work, as they have done since the industrial revolution but also the ‘thinking’ work – planning, strategizing and making decisions.” For some, that sounds scary, but for others, embracing change (always a good idea) and getting a handle on how AI is being integrated in almost every part of our lives and economy is just smart business.

Another recent article in Medium Magazine shared, “A recent McKinsey study estimates that the most advanced AI techniques may create between $3.5 trillion and $5.8 trillion in new value annually in 19 industries — from agriculture and automotive to banking and basic materials to travel and telecommunications.  AI is defined as the ability of a machine to perform cognitive functions we associate with human minds. And as human learning grows, so does AI. Scientists continually push the boundaries of what is possible with new techniques. As a result, it’s critical for leaders to understand not only the vision but also the reality of AI.”

With so much buzz – it’s no surprise that futurist and thought leader Mike Walsh made AI the focus of his new book, The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines are Smarter than You.  In it, Mike brings together years of research and interviews with some of the world’s top business leaders, AI pioneers, and data scientists to share a set of 10 principles about what it takes to succeed in the algorithmic age. The Algorithmic Leader offers a hopeful and practical guide for leaders of all types, and organizations of all sizes, to survive and thrive in this era of unprecedented change.

What is an algorithmic leader? Someone who has successfully adapted their decision making, management style, and creative output to the complexities of the machine age. The world is changing, to be sure, and with it, our ability to communicate, adapt, and understand how technology will lead us into the future. To be successful, as a leader, a business professional, or even consumer – we must learn new ideas, new skill sets, and new ways of thinking.

They say the only constant in life is change. The keeping up with it part is up to us!

Be Interested Not Interesting | Ty Bennett

By Dori Pominville | Feb 06, 2019 | Comments Off

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTAaHg8iVL0

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Innovate Faster - The Power of 4 | Tim Sanders

By Dori Pominville | Jan 29, 2019 | Comments Off

Everything changes. Tim Sanders' research shows that the more perspectives you have, the faster your problems are solved. Watch a NEW clip below from his epic keynote, Innovating Faster!

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=bwxZImvQiSQ

More from Tim Sanders!