How to Be The Good Boss with Author Kate Eberle Walker

Kate Eberle Walker is the CEO of Presence Learning and the author of the new book The Good Boss: Nine Ways Every Manager Can Support Women at Work. She returns to the show to talk to Mike Palmer about the rules in the book that draw from Kate’s experiences, those of other leaders and managers across industries and other relevant statistics and research.

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How to be Forever Employable with Author Jeff Gothelf

Mike welcomes Jeff Gothelf, author of Forever Employable: How to Stop looking for Work and Let Your Next Job Find You. Jeff starts by talking about his early days in rock’n’roll and Web 1.0. Leading a design team in the early days, he and his team had to find a way to match their processes to the then ascendant agile software development process. Jeff was then able to leverage this new approach into a book, Lean UX, and from there into teaching.

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Building Pathways From High School to a Good First Job with Ryan Craig

Ryan Craig joins Mike to discuss his work at Achieve Partners and as a Senior Education Contributor to Forbes and other publications. He’s the author of College Disrupted and A New U and is a forward-thinking voice on the future of post-secondary education. We discuss his articles about IUP and Quibi and the recent kerfuffle about Dr. Jill Biden, among other topics, as we zero in on the challenges higher education faces and how we can evolve both within and perhaps more importantly outside of it in a wide-ranging and informative conversation.

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Long Life Learning with Author Michelle Weise

Michelle Weise is the author of Long Life Learning: Preparing for Jobs That Don’t Even Exist Yet. Michelle is also a Senior Advisor at the philanthropic investment group, Imaginable Futures. On this episode, she joins Mike Palmer to discuss her new book and how we can reimagine our learning ecosystem in response to longer lifespans, automation, and rapid transformation of the 21st Century.

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Talking About Skills, Baby, with Kelly Ryan Bailey

Kelly Ryan Bailey, the host of Let’s Talk About Skills Baby and the Director of Open Skills at EMSI, joins Mike to talk about the journey that brought her to where she is today as a mother, a podcaster, and a global skills evangelist.

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Navigating the Disruptive Transformation of the 2020s with Brandon Jones

Mike welcomes old friend, Brandon Jones, back to the show to talk about Steve Brown’s prediction that we’ll see more disruptive innovation in the next 10 years than we’ve seen in the previous forty. Layering in the likelihood that human creativity and lateral thinking will outstrip AI’s capabilities in that regard for the next 10 years, how should we take a longer view when making plans for the future everything? Mike and Brandon aim to bring some 2030 Farsight to bear as we peer into possible futures for the 2020s on this week’s show.

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Creativity, AI, and the Innovation Landscape of the 2020s

Mike and Melissa talk about the idea espoused by futurist, Steve Brown, that the next ten years will see more innovation and disruption than the previous forty. This is driven in part by advances in artificial intelligence and sensors which will allow for a transformation in healthcare that we dig into a bit. The pair also explore a recent Fast Company article by Tim Schwiesfurth and Rene Chester Goduscheit that purports that human intelligence will likely continue to be more creative than AI for the foreseeable future.

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Five Predictions for the Future of Work with Frank Britt, CEO Penn Foster

This week, Mike sits down with Frank Britt, CEO of Penn Foster, to talk about the future of work from the perspective of “middle-skilled” employees. Middle-skill jobs require a high school degree and some additional training, but do not require a bachelors degree. Middle-skill jobs account for roughly half of the jobs in the US, and that figure is not expected to change much in the 2020s.

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