It seems to me that everybody is looking for the “next Steve Jobs” or trying to emulate him in many ways. The recent movie on Jobs’ life only reinforces what a master he was at commanding an audience.
But can I tell you something? Trying to be Steve Jobs isn’t necessary for a company’s leadership and it often isn’t right for that particular environment. In many cases, a leader can have a tremendous influence on a company culture with their own style – not Steve’s. In today’s Talman Tidbit, we’ll explore how candidates may give greater weight than ever to finding a fit based on culture. One person at the top can make all the difference in not only what that culture looks like but the prospects for recruiting and retention as well.
We’re certainly seeing our fair share of Watson, the brilliant machine learning system developed from IBM, in the media lately. There’s Watson on television, talking to everyone from Bob Dylan to Ken Jennings, one of the biggest winners on “Jeopardy!” ever. I open the Wall Street Journal and what do you know? There’s Watson again, featured in a very large insert touting the various APIs that Watson now has – including text to speech and speech to text. Through these APIs, the machine will be able to better understand what the user is literally saying.
Industries like insurance and healthcare have been around for as long as we can remember. Yet, while they may feel very old, established and unchanging, new developments are showing us that machine learning is creating a fountain of youth, so to speak for these fields. Due to these fresh technological approaches with the help of machines, it’s very good news in the way of new opportunities for us human beings too.