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Imagine This...

Take a trip into the future that will challenge the way you think and act today. In each episode, BCG's Patricia Sabga and her AI co-host GENE delve into disruptive scenarios that could define the coming decades. BCG experts join the conversation, probing the possibilities and implications for leaders. Human and machine work together to explore the very real actions CEOs could take today to prepare.This podcast uses the following third-party services for analysis: Chartable - https://chartable.com/privacy

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Recent Episodes of Imagine This...


Robots Rise Up—and Deliver to Your Door

Robots Rise Up—and Deliver to Your Door

What will it be like to shop when technology has evolved to essentially eliminate the cost of home delivery? BCG’s Brad Loftus imagines a future where sensors in our homes know what needs replenishing and items are delivered from warehouses without ever being touched by human hands. These innovations will change everything about the retail experience, including the elimination, or radical redesign, of many brick-and-mortar stores. Yet, Brad contends, this future could result in a more personalized shopping experience for many products. 

 

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Episode 8 12 June 2024 29m and 22s


When AI Comes for Knowledge Workers

When AI Comes for Knowledge Workers

Will a coming generation of AI bots be able to generate and iterate ideas as well as or better than people? Will knowledge workers be replaced by machines? BCG’s Matthew Sinclair imagines a future where technology could replace writers, software engineers, and, yes, consultants–although he’s not convinced that businesses should lose the human touch. There are inherent risks in handing over the most creative elements of your business to bots–including perpetuating what Matthew calls “the tyranny of the banal.”   

 

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Matthew Sinclair: https://on.bcg.com/4btUGgN 

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Episode 7 29 May 2024 31m and 19s


BCG Presents: CEO Digest

BCG Presents: CEO Digest

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Join BCG AI conversational agent GENE and editor in chief Paul Michelman as they discuss the ideas that GENE has identified as the BCG insights most relevant for CEOs this month. In May, GENE wants to make sure you are up to speed on the value of transforming before performance stalls, an unexpected opportunity to realign your organization around purpose, and the critical intersection of AI and water management—and what you can do about it.



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Episode 15 May 2024 15m and 52s


The End of Free Trade

The End of Free Trade

How should business leaders prepare to do business in a new new world order? BCG’s Nikolaus Lang prepares executives to completely rethink trade in a multipolar future, in which they must navigate different geopolitical, social, and environmental considerations. Finding the least expensive place to manufacture a product to sell to customers across the globe won’t work anymore. Instead, companies will have to operate within new trade blocs. Organization structure, supply chains, customer expectations…much will have to change. 

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Episode 6 1 May 2024 32m and 32s


The Next-Gen CEO

The Next-Gen CEO

Peering into the future, BCG’s Judith Wallenstein paints a picture of organizational leadership upended by AI, global volatility, and blurring boundaries between companies that work together. She muses that the chief executive officer role may morph into a chief ecosystem orchestrator role and demand leadership traits and backgrounds far different than we see today. How would top executives deploy influence, foster trusting relationships, and welcome and accept challenges that enhance corporate decision making?   

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Episode 5 17 April 2024 31m and 28s


The End of Middle Management (For Real)

The End of Middle Management (For Real)

Middle management. Senior leaders say it’s a sticking point; individual contributors say it’s not meeting needs; middle managers themselves say the role is a source of burnout. Julia Dhar, founder and leader of BCG’s Behavioral Science Lab, imagines a future in which AI takes over aspects of middle management. Among the most beneficial outcomes: companies keep their employees doing what they do best and senior leaders communicate their vision directly to the frontline. 

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Episode 4 3 April 2024 32m and 58s


When Software Writes Itself

When Software Writes Itself

Some argue that self-generating software will be a revolutionary development for businesses, others contend that it may be unwieldy.  BCG’s Vladimir Lukic believes that it will be a playful thought partner for business leaders to steer and sanity-check. It will make nimble exploration and innovation possible so that every company can have the bespoke and custom programs it needs. What should leaders do until the unknown point in the future when self-writing software is a reality?  

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Episode 3 20 March 2024 25m and 38s


Joy as a Business Strategy?

Joy as a Business Strategy?

Some worry that AI will eliminate jobs. But what if we found ourselves in 2030 with 50% more job openings than people to fill them? BCG’s Debbie Lovich imagines a world where top companies must wow workers—or risk losing essential talent (and profits) to competitors. How would CEOs extend their companies’ customer-facing strengths to attract the best of the talent pool? By deploying deep research, segmentation, and personalization to create the kind of workplace that talent buys into. Those that spark joy will clean up in the marketplace.  

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Episode 2 6 March 2024 29m and 2s


A Bot in the C-Suite?

A Bot in the C-Suite?

By 2030, the best CIO might be a CIB: a chief intelligence bot. And the human CEO might be bolstered by a swarm of CEO bots, able to harness a vast diversity of perspectives. Can you imagine? In this episode, BCG’s Mickey McManus envisions a future where top leaders share the corner office with AI—blending the logical with human intuition. Mickey, a BCG senior advisor and a pioneer in human-centered design, considers how a company like this would function. Hint: he recommends an approach much like jazz improvisation.

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Episode 1 21 February 2024 26m and 56s


Imagine This...: Peer into Possible Futures

Imagine This...: Peer into Possible Futures

What would you have done differently if you had anticipated the likelihood of a global pandemic or the explosion of generative AI? Spend time with BCG’s editor in chief, our conversational AI agent GENE, and BCG experts as they focus on what could lie ahead for our world—and how you should prepare your business today



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Episode 28 January 2024 1m and 24s

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