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#55—Anna Tavis: Preparing for the Future of Work

#55—Anna Tavis: Preparing for the Future of Work

Dr. Anna Tavis is Clinical Professor and Academic Director of Human Capital Management Department at NYU School of Professional Studies, Senior Fellow with the Conference Board, and the Academic in Residence with Executive Networks. Anna has been named to Thinkers50 Radar for 2020. Her latest book, Humans at Work. The Art and Practice of Creating a Remote Workplace, was published in the spring of 2022.

Anna publishes regularly and has been quoted by the Washington Post, Bloomberg, The Human Resources Executive, and Training Magazine. Her Harvard Business Review articles with Peter Cappelli "HR Goes Agile" ( 2018) and "The Performance Management Revolution" (2016) were reprinted in HBR's Must Reads and in Agile: The Insights You Need from Harvard Business Review (2020).

She has navigated a diverse global career in academia, business and consulting, and was the Head of Motorola’s EMEA OD function based in London, Nokia’s Global Head of Talent Management based in Helsinki, Chief Learning Officer with United Technologies Corp based in Hartford, CT and Global Head of Talent and Organizational Development with AIG Investments based in NYC.

Her work on the topics of Future of Work, People Analytics and Technology, Employee Experience and Intelligent Automation in the Workplace are truly at the cutting edge.

In this podcast, she shares:

  • Three trends most impacting the future of work

  • How AI will shape what work humans do in the future

  • Why diversity and inclusion matter

  • What it will take for an organization or a leader in an organization to win the war for talent going forward


"With culture, you're dealing with changes in values, but I think even more important: changes in behaviors, how we do things around here."

-Anna Tavis


  • Episode Timeline:

    00:00—Introducing Anna + The topic of today’s episode

    2:29—If you really know me, you know that...

    3:38—What is your definition of strategy?

    4:43—How do you define work?

    5:47—How is work changing?

    9:37—Could you give us a visual of how this re-emergence of the era of creative work is happening?

    11:05—How is the role of society and companies for employees going to change in light of how work is changing?

    13:50—Is culture defined by value or behaviors?

    16:22—You talk about the phases of an effective culture transformation—could you talk about those?

    21:15—Where can people follow you and your work?


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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.