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#24—Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.: Trends You Need to Know About the Workforce

#24—Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.: Trends You Need to Know About the Workforce

Johnny C. Taylor, Jr., is President and Chief Executive Officer of SHRM, the Society for Human Resource Management. With over 300,000 members in 165 countries, SHRM is the largest HR professional association in the world, impacting the lives of 115 million workers every day.

As a global leader on the future of employment, culture and leadership, Johnny is a sought-after voice on all matters affecting work, workers and the workplace. He is frequently asked to testify before congress on critical workforce issues and authors the weekly USA Today column, "Ask HR."

Johnny’s career spans over 20 years as a lawyer, human resources executive and CEO in both the not-for-profit and for-profit space. He has held senior and chief executive roles at IAC/Interactive Corp, Viacom's Paramount Pictures, Blockbuster Entertainment Group, the McGuireWoods law firm, and Compass Group USA.

He was appointed chairman of the President's Advisory Board on Historically Black Colleges and Universities and served as a member of the White House American Workforce Policy Advisory Board during the Trump Administration.

In this episode, it's worth nothing that all of his projections are fact-based, not conjecture, built on a large database of employment data SHRM has been collecting for decades.

In this podcast he shares:

  • Some fascinating, counterintuitive insights about Generation Z. Hint: They actually care a lot about money.

  • A breakdown of the macro policy structural barriers that are going to have to be removed if organizations are going to create workplaces that will work in the future

  • Practical, first steps CEOs, Strategists, and leaders can take to begin resetting their culture

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    "I have a shorthand definition of what culture is, and it's how things really work around here. How things get done, not how they should or how you want them to. So number one, and just practical thing I would say to anyone listening is you've got to sit down and you've got to engage in introspection."

    -Johnny C. Taylor, Jr.


    Episode Timeline:

    00:00—Introducing Johnny C. Taylor, Jr. + The topic of today’s episode

    2:28—If you really know me, you know that...

    2:47—What is your definition of strategy?

    3:47—Is strategy changing in nature to being made more spontaneously and spread out, and what's causing it?

    6:02—What are the top one or two shifts in strategy that a strategist or CEO needs to be thinking about?

    8:44—How would you characterize how Gen Z is different in the way they think about work?

    12:00—What can strategists and CEOs to rethink the way that the definition or a 'worker' is changing?

    15:01—How can a strategist or CEO if their company needs a cultural reset?

    16:42—Among all the frameworks on culture, what's your go-to first step or driver in shifting culture?

    18:42—How can people connect and keep learning from you?


    Additional Resources:

    SHRM Website:

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The Outthinkers podcast is a growth strategy podcast hosted by Kaihan Krippendorff. Each week, Kaihan talks with forward-looking strategists and innovators that are challenging the status quo, leading the future of business, and shaping our world.