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Heather McGowan, Leader, Thinker & Futurist (Part 2 of 2)

Heather McGowan

Heather McGowan is an extraordinary leader, thinker, and futurist. She is an author and speaker who has a lot of insight about the future of work, the future of our relationships with one another, and the skills it will take to thrive in the fourth industrial revolution. Heather is not one to tout a dystopian future but believes that humans need to think differently about how we prepare for work and how we work in order to thrive in the future of it.

In the second of this two-part episode of The Culture Gap, Heather shares more about the culture needed to survive and thrive in this modern context, as well as the role of technology and machines in influencing corporate culture. She shares some insights about her new book coming out in spring, The Adaptation Advantage, and some advice for the leaders and the youth of today. Welcome to The Culture Gap.

Key Takeaways

[:43] Daniel introduces his guest for this episode — Heather McGowan.

[1:28] What kind of culture should a new company adopt in order to survive and thrive in this new global context?

[3:26] What would be one value or behavior that would be the linchpin to achieve the goals and vision Heather has for her hypothetical company?

[6:17] What are the relationships between the workforce and machines, and how does that play out in the company's culture?

[9:05] What is Heather's advice to help them and their workforce move past the fear that technology will take over your job one day?

[13:43] Heather's new book, The Adaptation Advantage, comes out in spring. Why did Heather write it and what is the biggest reason CEOs should read it?

[16:55] What would Heather's advice be to her younger self?

[17:29] What are some things Heather would advise a future president to say at her inaugural address?

[19:09] What advice does Heather have for a young girl?

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Learn more about:

Heather McGowan

Parasite [Movie]

Start with Why, by Simon Sinek

“The Top 20 Business Transformations of the Last Decade,” HBR

The Adaptation Advantage, by Chris Shipley and Heather McGowan

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