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abrupt future. navigating the digital, distributed & disruptive workplace

42 EpisodesProduced by Benoit Hardy-ValléeWebsite

abrupt future is a podcast that explores the potential consequences of abrupt and dramatic changes to our workplaces. Through interviews with experts and in-depth analysis, the podcast delves into topics such as hybrid workforce, HR technology, artificial intelligence and the future of work. Each ep… read more

42 Episodes | 2020 - 2023

The Human Aspect of AI: Behavioral and Organizational Implications

June 11th, 2023


Sebastian Krakowski is an Assistant Professor at the Stockholm School of Economics (House of Innovation) and a Digital Fellow at the Stanford Digital …

From Lateral Moves to Strategic Placement: Internal Mobility and Labor Markets

April 4th, 2023


In our latest episode, we had a fascinating conversation with JR Keller, an Associate Professor of Human Resource Studies at Cornell University's …

The Dynamics of Team Performance: Insights for Leaders and Managers

March 6th, 2023


In this episode of Abrupt Future, Benoit interviews Dr. Hayden J. R. Woodley, an Assistant Professor of Organizational Behaviour at Western …

Achieving Fairness in Algorithmic Decision Making in HR

February 7th, 2023


Join us on this episode as we dive into the complex world of algorithmic fairness in HR with Manish Raghavan, Assistant Professor of Information …

ChatGPT and Beyond: Navigating the New Era of Generative AI

February 3rd, 2023


Alex Tamkin, a PhD student at Stanford University  and generative AI specialist, discusses the new era of pre-trained foundation models in AI. Unlike traditional machine learning models trained for specific tasks, these …

From Cognition to Innovation: The Power of Building on the Knowledge of Others

January 26th, 2023


Professor Ann Majchrzak of the USC Marshall School of Business stresses the importance of innovation in addressing difficult societal challenges and …

The Role of Assessments in Talent Management

January 17th, 2023


Sarah Linkletter is COO at EPSI, a firm it specializes in human resources, talent assessment and consulting services, and a Ph.D student at the …

COVID-19 and the Elevated Status of HR: Insights from Senior HR Leaders

January 3rd, 2023


In this episode of Abrupt Future, Professor David Collings discusses the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on talent management and the role of human …

Introducing Not a Token Hire, a Knockri Podcast. My interview with Maaz Rana and reflections on diversity, inclusion, AI and the metaverse.

December 21st, 2022


Earlier this year,  I had the pleasure of speaking with Maaz Rana, co-founder and chief operating officer at Knockri. We talk about my experience with DEI and  “how I became a white person.” (I promise it makes sense).  …

33 - On Product Management in HR & Employee Experience, a conversation with Jonathon Hensley

August 29th, 2022


On Product Management in HR & Employee Experience, a conversation with Jonathon Hensley, CEO of Emerge Interactive

  • What is alignment and why it …

32 - On the new compensation experience - a conversation with Matthew Kopko

March 25th, 2022


A conversation with Matthew Kopko,  Vice President of Public policy at DailyPay

  • What is On-Demand Pay ? What problems is it solving?
  • Will that  make …

31 - On business ecosystems, organisations and talent - a conversation with Roland Deiser

February 14th, 2022


A conversation with Roland Deiser, Executive Chairman at Center for the Future of Organization, Drucker School of Management (

30 - On meaning and leadership - a conversation with Stephen de Groot

January 24th, 2022


Stephen de Groot is President & Co-Founder of Brivia and a leadership expert. 

  • The Great Resignation -  challenges and opportunities
  • The biggest …

29 - 10 things I learned about the “Future Of Work That Happened Faster Than We Thought”

January 3rd, 2022


In April 2020, I started this podcast to think through the different workforce, HR and organisational impacts of the global shift to remote work.  

The idea of remote working wasn’t new to me, but this was different …

28 - On the possible futures of work and leadership - a conversation with Dustin W. Seale

December 1st, 2021


Dustin W. Seale is a partner in Heidrick & Struggles’ London office and managing partner of Heidrick Consulting in Europe. He focuses on CEO and …

27 - On the evolution of Diversity and Inclusion, a conversation with Priya Radia

November 20th, 2021


A conversation with Priya Radia, D&I Management Consultant at Included

How was Included created?
What is “Inclusion 3.0”
Do we still need to …

26 - On the Future of HR Shared Services, a conversation with Emma Leonis

September 27th, 2021


In this episode, Benoit Hardy-Vallee talks with Emma Leonis, Executive Director of HR Transformation at LACE Partners. She leads LACE’s thought leadership into the future of HR service delivery and operating models, …

25 - On Communication, Conflict and Compassion at work - A conversation with Liz Kislik

August 17th, 2021


In this episode, Benoit Hardy-Vallee talks to Liz Kislik. She is a management consultant, executive coach, author, and an expert in leadership, …

22 - On Recruiting in the age of Googlisation - A conversation with Ira Wolfe

May 26th, 2021


In this episode, Benoit Hardy-Vallee talks to Ira S Wolfe - President at Poised for the Future Company, Founder of Success Performance Solutions, and …

21 - On business automation - A conversation with Richard Schnitzel

May 4th, 2021

  • The kind of task or activities that tend to be automated
  • Where should leaders start
  •  "Authenticious" Automation
  • How people react to automation

20- On military leadership, resilience and thinking, an interview with Richard Lawrence

April 26th, 2021


On military leadership, resilience and thinking, an interview with Richard Lawrence, 04/12,2021

While serving in the military, Richard was posted in Northern Island, Iran, and Afghanistan. Post leaving the Army, he …

19 - On the Future of Meeting - A conversation with James Kelley

April 7th, 2021


James Kelley is the CEO & Co-Founder of qChange, a real-time end-to-end Leader Experience Solution that prompts, measures, grows, and predicts …

18 - On Frontline Worker Experience - A conversation with Jordan Boesch

March 24th, 2021


Jordan Boesch is the CEO and Founder of 7shifts, a labor-management platform used by about 16,000 restaurants across North America. 7shifts allows …

16 - On the rise of On-demand Workers and the Future of Work, a conversation with Jeff Wald

December 28th, 2020


A conversation with Jeff Wald, Founder of Work Market (now an ADP company). Jeff has founded several other technology companies including Spinback …

14 - On the skills of the future - a conversation with Diana Rivera and Joshua Zachariah

November 20th, 2020

  • A conversation with 2  of the authors of a new research report on how labour market could evolve by 2030.
  • Context and drivers behind the “Ahead by a …

12 - On leadership, coaching and resilience, a conversation with Shonna Waters

August 11th, 2020


A conversation with  Shonna Waters, VP Behavioral Science, Professor, Author, Certified Leadership Coach at BetterUp. 

· How BetterUp uses behavioral science to help employees and organizations to grow

· Why resilience is …

11 - On VR Learning and Soft Skills, a conversation with Imran Mouna

July 7th, 2020


 A conversation with Imran Mouna, Co-founder of InStage, a company who develop VR software to rapidly improve soft skills. 

· Background on launching InStage

· How to you use VR in learning

· The benefits for VR learning

· …

09 - On Digital Nomads, a conversation with Dave Cook

June 12th, 2020


A conversation with Dave Cook – PhD Researcher, Anthropology, UCL (University College London).

  • What are “digital nomads” and what Dave learned about …

08 - On Employee Experience Management, a conversation with Dr. Benjamin Granger

May 29th, 2020


A conversation with Dr. Benjamin Granger, Sr. Principal | XM Catalyst XM Institute at SAP Qualtrics. 

  • Definition and clarifications on Employee …

07 - On Asynchronous Communication, a conversation with Amir Salihefendić

May 21st, 2020


A conversation with Amir Salihefendić, Founder and CEO of Doist.  (

  • The backstory – how Amir came with Doist, what the experience …

06 - On Imagination Work and Online Design Thinking, a conversation with Mariano Suarez-Battan

May 16th, 2020


A conversation Mariano Suarez-Battan, CEO or MURAL. 

The nature of imagination work

The story and use of MURAL

Remote vs in-person imagination work

Best …

05 - On the Economics, Management and Psychology of Distributed Work, a conversation with Laurel Farrer

May 7th, 2020


A conversation with Laurel Farrer CEO of Distribute Consulting, Founder of the Remote Work Association and a Writer for Forbes magazine and other …

04 - On The 2020 State of Remote Work Survey, a conversation with Hailley Griffis

April 30th, 2020


A conversation with Hailley Griffis, Head of Public Relations at Buffer, a fully distributed organization of 85 people living and working in 15 …

03 - On Relationships within Remote Organizations, a conversation with Andreas Eckhardt

April 22nd, 2020

With Pr. Dr. Andreas Eckhardt, Professor of Human Resource Management at the German Graduate School of Management and Law (GGS), an expert in Digital …

02 - On Generational Attitudes Toward Remote Work, a conversation with Giselle Kovary

April 11th, 2020

How the rapid, forced virtualization of work is received by the different generations at workGenerations and the use of technology at workThe …

01 - On Distributed Work and Personality, a conversation with Dr. Laura Hambley

April 9th, 2020

A conversation with Laura Hambley from Work EvOHlution.Topics covered: What “distributed work” is The biggest myths about distributed work …
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