Future of Work – start with the 3 C’s

 

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Where are you now?

If you’re currently employed by an organisation that still has legacy operational technology and processes, where they are still reliant primarily on ‘corporate e-mail’ as the only form of communication and where you still see traditional hierarchical structures and encounter the same P&L boundaries – folks, you are not in a company that is thinking about or embracing the opportunities on offer within the next period of change in our workplace – the ‘Future of Work’.

With 5 generations soon operating in the workplace alongside one another, the diversity, differing scale of expectations, requirements in ‘how’ and ‘when’ work is done and what is important to each employee in terms of meaningful work creates both opportunities and challenges for business owners, C-Suite Execs and general management.

A lot has been written about the ‘Future of Work’; I’ve read articles and posts from companies commenting on and advocating the need for more innovation in the workplace; however, how many of these companies are actually doing something about this within their own business? – I venture, less than 25% at best.

The reason for my skepticism is based on personal experience and from speaking to other businesses about their own plans and current challenges. The fundamentals are simple – legacy business finds change (any change!) hard and start-ups build-as-they-go without an end-state in mind. My advice, start with a simple plan and build – on this basis – start with addressing the 3 C’s of the Future of Work. Collaboration. Culture. Connectivity.

1. Collaboration

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Lillen GIF – https://giphy.com/lillen/

Project teams are now cross-functional, cross-borders and Globally unified through the use of collaborative communication tools; this facilitates individuals to share ideas, information and make decisions collectively in real-time. Mobility is another reason for effective communication and collaboration and as detailed in the Deloitte White Paper on the Future of Work Research Study states;

37 percent of the global workforce is now mobile, 30 percent of full-time employees now do most of their work outside of the employers’ location, and 20 percent of the workforce is composed of temporary workers, contractors, and freelancers

; creating an environment where collaboration is vibrant and increased transparency through effective communication provides an holistic picture of the business is key. Deciding the digital channels to utilise are also an essential part of ensuring success; v-meetings and the use of messaging apps and platforms is now common-place within business either as a recognised part of the technology estate or as ‘shadow IT’ that the business has yet to integrate and/or consider as central to effective collaboration.

Increased collaboration has also been identified as leading to additional business benefits in terms of creating new business opportunities and innovation as multi-skilled teams and individuals come together in project teams to drive forward devolved agendas on behalf of the business. In a survey, 57% of executives surveyed cited identifying and new business opportunities and 48% cited increasing rates of innovation a result of collaboration.

2. Culture

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Lillen GIF – https://giphy.com/lillen/

The company ‘culture’ has been defined as containing a number of different elements and these include, the work environment, the company mission, the values a company affirms, its ethical compass, expectations and the goals and targets it has set for itself. However, the key factor that underpins all these elements is very simple – people. At it’s core, most definitions agree that ‘People = Culture’.

In 2016, 245 C-level executives where surveyed and asked what impact does culture have on the ability of their business to realise its mission and vision; over 69% stated that culture had a critically important impact. With the collective agreement of the C-Suite, HR Professionals have refocused their efforts on understanding the workforce mentality through employee engagement and satisfaction surveys, an increased emphasis on career progression and employee 1-2-1 engagement and the corporate social responsibility.

Linked to the ‘Culture’ of a business is Corporate Responsibility; the opportunity for your employees to ‘give back’ to the local community or designated charity. This another aspect indexing high on the list of reasons an individual decides to apply and work for a specific company.

One very potent example of an ‘Employee Giving Program’ has been delivered successfully by Nike, the trainer and sportswear brand. They offer programs to their employees under the banner of “Community Impact” that help give back to the communities around them, including the Nike Community Impact Fund, the Nike Community Ambassador program and The Girl Effect. These programs have proved very effective in attracting and recruiting Gen Z talent to their business; with 93% of a surveyed group of Gen Z folks reporting that how a company impacts society affects where they decide to work, the ROI of such schemes becomes very obvious.

3. Connectivity

Collaboration

Lillen GIF – https://giphy.com/lillen/

The progression of technology from the early 2000’s to now has been rapid and this has offered more opportunities and platforms to change traditional working and connect individuals in the workplace like never before. Additionally, the boundaries between ‘social platforms’ and ‘business platforms’ are blurred as Google and Facebook enter the workplace with their offerings, G-Suite and Google Hire and Facebook Workplace and Work Chat (*the accompanying messaging app). Not to mention WhatsApp, an app (owned by Facebook) that has over 1-billion daily active users.

In short – the ‘corporate e-mail’ will die as its need becomes obsolete alongside platforms and messaging channels that offer more personalisation, multiple functionality and integration to other services. A Deloitte survey illustrated that 76% of executives predicting a move away from email and toward more sophisticated digital tools.

Connectivity is not only the domain of technology as ‘connecting people’ is also the remit of management and senior leadership; albeit in a more traditional sense. The previously referenced Deloitte White Paper found;

40% of respondents expect they will increasingly place more focus on facilitating the exchange of ideas , the flow of conversations across the organisation, and providing greater autonomy at team and individual level. This shift from “topdown” to what we might see as “alongside” is a crucial component of the equation.

; the future of leadership is changing and what is required to be an effective leader has a new frame of reference in terms of ‘mindset’. Traditional leadership was ‘command and control’ which relied on a strict hierarchal model in which those at the top controlled those beneath them;  this form of leadership is proving antiquated in the Future of Work as employees require more of their leaders than direction and orders.

When referring to ‘mindset’ the book by the Stanford University psychologist Carol Dweck is often referenced as a ‘growth mindset’ creates motivation and productivity in the world of business, What is sure is that the profile of a leader is now very different.

Summary

The Future or Work is an evolving subject and topic for discussion and I am really interested in connecting with other interested individuals, businesses and corporations to discuss their experiences and stories regarding this challenge that faces us all in the world of business.

Post your comments at glennnetworks.com or follow me for DM’s on Twitter @GlennNetworks or simply pop me an e-mail (I do still respond to email) at glenn@glennnetworks.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Barcelona – Graff is Good!

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Off Carrer del Mar near the Plaza de San Miguel

Thierry Noir

I was in Barcelona this last weekend for a very good friend’s weekend away before he get’s married – kudos to him for choosing such a great location for the trip! Well done Byron!

On the way to the hotel from the airport I started to see quite a few examples of a graff art scene that was clearly very much alive in Barcelona; even in the central areas such as La Rambla. Most interesting to note for me, as a graff hunter, were two very familiar artists; firstly Thierry Noir –  I quite literally stumbled across the piece (above and below) in a small square tucked just off a main tourist pathway. A great find!

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Off Carrer del Mar near the Plaza de San Miguel

Noriaki

Shortly after discovering Thierry Noir, I walked past another familiar artist to me – Noriaki – another graff artist that is very visible and prominent on the walls of East London in the Brick Lane area. With regards to the artwork below, I found it off the usual tourist beat in a connecting alleyway – it was only because the work is that distinctive that it’s easily recognisable immediately.

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Alleyway called Placa de Joaquim Xirau between La Rambla and Passatage dels Escudellers

The Streets Are Alive

Tagging is a popular graff art in Barca central; as it’s quick and easy and the sites for some of the tagging were public areas that would be prone to a security camera or two, I was pleased to see so much expressive work.

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Corner of Carrer de Ginebra and Carrer de I’Atlantida

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Carrer de la Tapineria on the back of the G-Star RAW store

Throw-ups also get threaded into the fabric of the tourist tracks as I noted with the following work.

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Along the Carrer del Cometa

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Along the Carrer de Lledo

Political statements seem to be made more through Posters (paste-ups) or Stencil art; given the current independence vote and the resulting brutality of the nationalist Spanish police, there was quite a limited number of references to it in the graff art I noted other that the pieces below;

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Along Carrer de la Comtessa de Sobradiel

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At the junction of Carrer de Fontanella and Via Laietana

You might have noted the Police motorcycle parked in the background of this photo; the Police had started to block off roads in the centre of Barcelona to accommodate the protests that where ongoing. My personal observation is that this past off very peacefully in the centre and perhaps this is a contrast to what has been reported in the press over the weekend.

The most amusing ‘heaven’ I saw over the weekend was on the derelict building opposite my hotel, it must have been about 10-12 storeys up and was just really simple, however, so amusing. Even with the netting that had been placed over the front of the building, it was easy to see and made me smile when I glanced up and saw it.

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Along Via Laietana opposite the Exe Laietana Palace Hotel

Uber – Problem or Solution?

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Uber-disruption

As the myth goes, the concept of Uber was first discussed as a concept in Paris, France in 2008 by Travis Kalanick and Garrett Camp as they had trouble hailing a cab; whether this is true or not is irrelevant – Uber has firmly, and forever, opened Pandora’s Box and disrupted the taxi industry – there is no way we, as the public, can go back now as we’ve seen the art of the possible. Cheaper fares, ease of booking cabs and convenience.

For those of you that might dispute my last statement, Uber is now operating in 632 cities worldwide at the time of this blog post being written.

What is evident in these 632 cities is that the industry stalwarts; the cab firms already present that have enjoyed stable market share and dominion over the rates and fares that the general public have paid up until Uber, are not happy.

Stop Uber

Public safety, perceived lack of tight regulation regarding it’s operating practices through to protests against the company itself, have all served to illustrate genuine anti-Uber sentiment and actions. The announcement on the 23rd September 2017 by Transport for London (TfL) that it has rejected Uber’s application for a new operating licence was greeted by cheers from a minority of industry competition and affiliated supporters; however, for the commuters that utilise Uber on a daily basis, this was both a shock and disappointment. Having said that, Uber’s cars will not disappear immediately as its current licence expires on 30 September 2017 and it plans to challenge the ruling; for this reason, Uber an continue to operate in the capital – where it has over 3 million users – until it has exhausted the appeals process, which could take a number of months.

 

Uber versus Taxi

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I’ve used Uber in London on numerous occasions and in the USA in places such as Los Angeles and Anaheim; I have found these experiences to be very positive bar one time where I dropped the needle too far away and I had to cancel the pick-up (costing me $5) – I’ll put that down to user-error. The process of booking, the transparency of the driver details, the cost (fare) and the ease of payment have all added to the experience; on a personal level, I’ve found the drivers to be personable and happy to chat about anything from their day, why they drive for Uber and the general state of the weather (*a very polite British way of starting any conversation).

In contrast, two recent experiences of ‘professional’ and ‘established’ taxi firms have left me over-charged by £12.00 for one journey and in the other journey, the cab driver threatened to make us leave the cab because we asked him to wear his seatbelt. To protect any other individuals working for these firms, I will not name the companies, however, both trade-off of their aforementioned ‘professional’ and ‘established’ status. Where I was clearly over-charged (by more than 100%), I phoned the company to discuss this and they said they’d investigate it and come back to me…..that was over a week ago. With regards to the cab firm where the cab driver was slightly challenging, I spoke to the cab company and they said they would have a conversation and ‘deal with it’ as they didn’t want a poor reputation – I’ve heard nothing from them either. Interestingly, I had the same cab driver over the course of the weekend and I managed to resolve the issue with him personally and he appeared to have had ‘zero conversation’ about the previous issue otherwise, why would he have been designated to pick me up again?

Having read these two accounts of my experiences, and given the press attention on Uber, you’d be forgiven for thinking that the former was a more established company and the latter was Uber right?

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Uber-future

Whether you’re a user or not of Uber, you surely cannot deny that it is an innovative company looking at ways to create solutions for greater social mobility at a cheaper cost to the user.

Evidence of this innovation is readily available on the Uber engineering blog found here and many articles are being written about the company’s testing of autonomous cars in Pennsylvania, Arizona and California. In March 2017, Recode reported that they had secured documentation that stated that Uber had 43 active cars that had driven 20,354 miles autonomously and the report went on to state that Uber uses specific metrics to measure its progress with autonomous vehicles and they are:

  • The average number of miles a car drives itself before a driver has to take over for any reason
  • The average number of miles between “critical” interventions — when a driver has to avoid causing harm, such as hitting pedestrians or causing material property damage
  • The average number of autonomous miles between “bad experiences” — things like jerky motions or hard braking, which are more likely to cause discomfort than damage

One of the key metrics has been illustrating a positive increase and that the requirement for a ‘critical’ intervention where a safety driver has to take manual control of the car; this has steadily increased to 200 miles per critical intervention.

All this evidence serves as a reminder that the company continues to innovate in a sector that has been dormant, apart from rising fares, for a number of decades. Isn’t this evidence of Uber as a solution rather than a problem?

Blek le Rat – an inspiration

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Rats by Blek le Rat

Banksy has been quoted as saying: “Every time I think I’ve painted something slightly original, I find out that Blek le Rat has done it as well. Only twenty years earlier”. Blek was first inspired by graffiti on a trip to New York in 1972; at the time, graff art was only just in its infancy. It wasn’t until late 1981 that Blek started to create his own work, however, he encountered challenges; the ‘American style graffiti’ didn’t integrate well with the old architecture of Paris as that’s the essence of graff art – social context and the surrounding environment.

As a student of the École nationale supérieure des Beaux-Arts Blek had studied classical forms of art and arrived the idea of using the old technique of pochoirs (stencils). At this point, the small black rats that are symbolic of Blek le Rat first adorned the walls of the 14th Arrondissement along with bananas, running red men and a self-portrait. Blek was quoted as saying that he choose the rat stencil as it seemed to him to be a symbol of the urban environment that was to be his canvas; furthermore, he said that rats are marginalised members of society and that they were the only animals said to survive an apocalypse.

Blek le Rat and Banksy

It was almost inevitable that when Banksy arrived on the street-art scene in early 2000 that he would be compared both favourably and unfavourably to Blek. What is a little less known fact, is that Banksy was an active member of the Bristol-based graffiti scene from about 1990 working with fellow local graff artists as part of the DryBreadZ Crew. At this time, Banksy was a freehand graff artist and only used the odd stencil for certain pieces of work. Once his first major free hand had been produced in 1999, the work entitled ‘Mild Mild West‘, his progression to cultural icon had started.

Where Blek and Banksy intertwined surrounded the subject of plagiarism; often stencil work of the two artists have appeared to be quite similar, see below:

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Blek le Rat

Banksy Canvas

Banksy

If intended or not, a possible similarity could be drawn between the two pieces of work; whether this would actually be meaningful in any way other than Banksy being inspired by Blek, I’m not sure either man would comment or see the need to comment. Blek has a more conciliatory approach to the anti-establishment that emanates from street art; he was quoted in a newspaper article in 2008 as saying: “It is important that people recognise what we do, and accept it for what it is,” – and he went on to say –  “It is art. Urban artists are forced to write on public property because there is a lack of space assigned to us.”

Thrashbird from the USA

Casting my eye over to the USA, I have been following the work of another ‘urban artist’ who goes by the name Thrashbird who also adopts the persona of complete incognito; similar to his UK cousin Banksy. Based in Los Angeles, Thrashbird has been described as an authentic contemporary street-art renegade – he classes himself as someone who simply uses “humour and subversion to dramatise significant issues that plague our society“. His ‘Clone’ is one of the most identifiable stencils that he has produced (see below); often seen in many places in the streets of LA, the figure is slouched over his phone, completely transfixed in the digital world as opposed to the real world.

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Thrashbird has repeatedly sprayed this stencil onto pavements as opposed to sides of buildings to make the point that, if you see it, it’s likely to be because you are glued to your phone while passing by it – point proven some would say!

My personal favourites are where Thrashbird has made a statement for us all to see; like in the billboard he has adapted in the picture below; combining a statement with humour and the ironic message that pokes fun at the ‘reality TV’ generation.

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Also, where he reminds us of our continued pursuit of consumerism in the stencil ‘You Need More Shit’;

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; for me, Thrashbird’s lack of limitations are his biggest appeal as he will create works in rural surroundings turning sometimes derelict areas into works of art with a clear statement. Additionally, as street-art continues to be accepted into the ‘mainstream gallery’ community, Thrashbird also has a host of ‘for gallery‘ pieces that appear to be growing in popularity.

Final Thoughts

All these artists are inspirational, from Blek to Banksy to Thrashbird; individuals that are telling us about the world around us in the world around us! – in the very streets we walk and live in and not through some news streaming service, via Twitter or Facebook or some other ‘accredited’ and ‘un-bias’ new channel – they are connecting us to the environment we live in through both the visual and messaging of their work asking us to wake up and realise what and where we are.

Other references:

I’m a regular graffiti hunter in around the streets of East London and any other place I travel to; this has included anywhere from the USA to Poland (more recently); you can check out all my posts on Instagram on the handle @lastnamejesus.

 

 

 

The spectre of Google?

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The beginning of Google-doom?

Folks, it’s time to sit-up and listen as Google are now serious about the talent acquisition and recruitment industry; the June 20th official release of Google for Jobs and Google Hire into the US market could well be seen as the catalyst for major change in the industry.

What, you may ask, is the reason(s) for Google to focus on the job market and hiring process? – the two that have been quoted, with quite a degree of consistency by anyone Google, are (*with a slight paraphrase);

  1. The job search process currently provides a poor experience for the job seeker and Google for Jobs aims to increase the chances of discovery and conversion for the job seeker; the net result for the hiring manager is more motivated applicants.
  2. Google Hire is a collaborative tool that increases collaboration and communication internally (hiring manager and recruitment team) which has the result of quicker feedback and communication externally (job seeker); thereby improving the overall experience for both.

And this is what Google does very well – using technology, in this case AI and machine learning tech, to provide an efficient solution. And that’s exactly why the UK talent acquisition and recruitment market should be taking note of the activity in the USA.

Google Hire (or ‘Hire’ as it’s being referred to) has been in beta-test for 12-months across a diverse number of industry sectors with about 100 companies from car dealerships, to pizza chains to plumbing companies participating. The driver behind this diversification was to ensure that Hire could deliver value in very different sectors and the output of the Hire beta-test has so far validated the hypothesis of quicker communication. With 75% of Hiring Managers providing feedback to applicants or interviewees within 48-hours, that’s impressive by any standard!

Anarchy in the UK

As both Google for Jobs and Google Hire are both currently active only in the USA, I’m predicting that the UK will an official launch in early 2018 with Google for Jobs being released first and Google Hire following in the latter part of Q1 2018. My rationale is based on the fact that Google will want to index job seeker search and application behaviour first to ascertain any regional nuances that need to be considered for Hire before it’s released.

 

 

 

 

 

“Not ranked”

Has your podcast ever received a poo emoji?

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1. Build

Feedback to date

It’s been 28 days since the posting of my first podcast on Anchor FM and the learnings and feedback to date has been a combination of ‘favouriting’ from fellow members of the Anchor FM community, a few ‘claps’ for song choices; my last podcast on Sunday this week actually managed to inspire some unknown individuals to post poo, wastepaper basket and TV emojis across certain sections of the podcast — I have found all these reactions fascinating in equal measure.

2. Measure

1st Podcast — Candidate=Individual

Reflecting on the sections of the podcasts that generated the responses, I managed to engage 3 listeners for about 20% of my first podcast and then I retained 2 listeners for a further section before retaining 1 loyal listener for just over 50% of the podcast itself — my first reflection is this…was that first podcast too long?

15 sections (9 voice content, 4 tracks, 2 interludes). 3 Listeners.

2nd Podcast — Reflections on the 1st podcast

This podcast retained 1 listener for over 50% of the podcast upon which a wastepaper basket emoji was posted onto the section; listening to that section again I was discussing knowing what to say on a podcast — as in preparing your content and dialogue before recording. Perhaps this was too much of an obvious statement for more seasoned podcaster? Having said that, my rationale for posting that section was to help others (like me) who’ve just started out — should I have made this more clear?

13 sections (7 voice content, 6 tracks). 1 Listener.

3rd Podcast — GROW Model (unfinished)

I experimented with adding a ‘guest appearance’ into this podcast; Alexa, my Amazon Echo Voice Assistant — zero listeners. Also, I didn’t actually finish the podcast owing to time constraints and left it opened ended — no surprise then that this was not particularly compelling listening.

7 sections (4 voice content, 3 tracks). 0 Listeners.

4th Podcast — Seattle

I went for a more personal subject matter on this recording as I was feeling reflective after falling down the stairs in my house in the morning; thinking about it now, I was probably still suffering the after effects of mild concussion as I recorded this podcast while sitting downwind on my local seafront — the result — a completely inaudible podcast! Lesson learnt.

10 sections (5 voice content, 5 tracks). 0 Listeners.

5th Podcast — Mindset and the GROW Model (revisited)

This podcast was recorded the day after the ‘Seattle’ recording; this time, indoors! The subject matter for this 5th offering was feedback on a recent application I’d made to the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation (*as a context for a broader observation about individual engagement), a definition of mindsetand acknowledging my colleague Dr Tim Sparkes and detailing the ‘G’ in the GROW Model which actually stands for ‘Goal’. Again, the end result was the same — zero listeners!

15 sections (8 content, 6 tracks, 1 break). 0 Listeners.

The Charts

Additionally, in this time I have remained ‘Not ranked’ in the ‘The Charts’ and I have been interested to understand what other podcasts are gaining traction and comparing them (if relevant) to my own. A sample of the top 10 are as follows:

  • mrbrown — Blogfather of Singapore, satirist, writer, traveler, photographer, cyclist, gamer, and podcaster
  • Daily Tech Headlines — Award-winning podcaster Tom Merritt gives you all the tech news you need each day in five minutes
  • Hocc — Hocc, goomomoom 99 bag generator, welcome to kick tube.
  • Progress Daily Show — (no description)
  • Politics Explained — The Opposite of Fake News. Political Scientist Ian Shapiro explains what is truly happening and what it means.
  • The Internet Today — Brandon Bigley finds the best stuff on the internet so you don’t have to.
  • Science Rundown — Daily science & healthy news stories curated by pracademic & science enthusiast Pedro Flores, MAS, PhD Student
  • Newest Latest Best — Jeff Cannata delivers the newest info, latest releases & best stuff in Video Games
  • Nate Punzalan — A Filipino YouTuber still seizing that carpe diem!
  • Sam Sheffer — (no description)

Learn

What do these podcast have that my current podcasts don’t appear to have?

  • They are shorter than mine in terms of timeline
  • They have a specific subject matter that is the basis for the podcast (i.e. Science, Tech News, Apple news)
  • Not have music tracks inserted into them; however, outside the Top 10 there are podcast channels dedicated purely to music
  • More production (i.e. breaks, interludes and personalised intro’s)

Actions

  • Change my Bio — it’s not relevant to the subject matter of my podcasts
  • Change the background colour from a blue/purple to red (*might make a visual difference)
  • Shorten the length of my podcasts to 5–7 minutes
  • Less musically interludes (perhaps)
  • Implement these changes and review after 1-week

Reflections on my 1st podcast

On Air

Pro’s and Con’s of the first attempt

August Airtime

I mentioned in my last blog post, I released my first podcast on Anchor FM on the 14th August 2017; after some initial ‘favouriting’ from Tim Time, The Corner, Joe & The Method, JulesTheHuman, completelyNOUN, UNIQUELY COMMON, Nerd Vault and Melvyn — the Anchor-sphere went pretty quiet and I’m not surprised to report that I didn’t make it into the ‘Popular’ chart as a Top 20 podcast — at this stage, I remain ‘unranked’.

Learnings — first reflections

Musical interlude — Firstly, I was very excited by the prospect of inserting music into my podcast; through Anchor FM you can connect to your Apple Music or Spotify accounts (if you have them), and then select 30-seconds of music to add as inserts into the podcast — the listener then get’s the option to listen to the full track if they want to outside of your podcast. The only downside (*that I realised afterwards), is that if you decide to create an ‘Episode’ out of your podcast, the music disappears and is not referenced — therefore, your listener ends up hearing you ramble on about a music track that isn’t played.

Know what you want to say — as mentioned, I’d adapted a previous blog post to use as the framework for the podcast; it may sound like an obvious tip, however, read your content a few times so you don’t end up having to re-record certain sections of your podcast 2–3 times (*or 5 for me on one particular section).

Remember you’re speaking to an audience — the fact is that you’re recording the podcast in a studio on your own; or in my case, in the converted attic room in my house which is currently full of boxes. Either way, wherever your studiois situated, you have to think about projecting the energy and excitement of the topic as opposed to reading the words like a storyteller. My express aim was to ‘engage’ as opposed to ‘inform’. I found that I had to record certain sections and listen to them back before deciding on the final cut — and trust me, listening to my own voice is not something I enjoy doing.

Repetition of words — I was SO guilty of this in the final section of my podcast; I must have sounded like a stuck recording as I said the word ‘individual’ about a dozen times. It must have sounded like I was sponsoring the word in some way. Having said that, at the time of recording the podcast, I really wasn’t aware of it. Even when I listened to it back the first time it didn’t resonate with me; it wasn’t until I listened to the podcast about 5-days later to critique it I realised this error.

Next Steps

Having taken learnings from my first podcast, I decided to adopt a SMART assessment of the potential for me to create a series of podcasts. As part of this process, I brainstormed ideas for future podcasts and came up with the following:

  • Women in Tech / Diversity
  • Teaching — the gap between school leavers and industry?
  • Chatbots in recruitment / talent management
  • The GROW Model
  • Goal-setting and achieving your personal and professional targets
  • The future of recruitment industry
  • The sharing economy
  • Networking and connecting people
  • The use of personas in recruitment
  • Talent engagement and attraction strategies
  • Individual experience
  • Community building for companies that are hiring
  • Social responsibility versus CSR
  • Disrupting HR
  • Company culture and environment
  • Do you trust your MD/CEO?
  • What is talent management?
  • Marketing — what is the future?
  • Payments industry trends — what’s the future for the consumer?
  • Creating a new business within a legacy business
  • The changing shape of consultancy
  • RPO — the future of RPO and is there one?
  • Agency versus In-house recruitment — is there really any gap between the two now?
  • The death of the CV

If you’re still reading this blog post, I’d welcome feedback on any topics that might interest you.