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133 Mike Walsh: The Algorithmic Leader

“The Algorithmic Leader” explores how leaders can adapt to a world where artificial intelligence and automation are transforming business and society.

Mike Walsh: The Algorithmic Leader


"The Algorithmic Leader" is a guidebook for leaders in the age of artificial intelligence and automation. Mike Walsh argues that traditional models of leadership are no longer sufficient in a world where machines are becoming smarter than humans in many domains. Drawing on interviews with experts and case studies from leading companies, Walsh provides insights into how leaders can develop new skills and strategies to harness the power of algorithms and data. He also discusses the ethical and social implications of algorithmic decision-making, and offers a roadmap for creating a human-centered approach to technology. "The Algorithmic Leader" is a timely and insightful book that will help leaders navigate the challenges and opportunities of the digital age.


Title: The Algorithmic Leader: How to Be Smart When Machines Are Smarter Than You

Author: Mike Walsh

Publishing Year: 2019

Publisher: Basic Books

Length in hours: 6 hours and 56 minutes

5 main ideas

  1. The rise of artificial intelligence and automation is transforming the way we work and live, and requires a new model of leadership.
  2. Leaders must learn to collaborate effectively with intelligent machines, and develop new skills in data analysis and interpretation.
  3. Algorithmic decision-making raises ethical and social concerns, and leaders must consider the impact of their decisions on society.
  4. Human-centered design is crucial for creating technology that is both useful and ethical, and leaders must prioritize the needs and values of people over algorithms.
  5. To succeed in the age of AI, leaders must be adaptable, creative, and willing to learn from new sources of knowledge and expertise.
Mike Walsh: The Algorithmic Leader

5 funny quotes

  1. "Artificial intelligence is like teenage sex: everyone talks about it, nobody really knows how to do it, everyone thinks everyone else is doing it, so everyone claims they are doing it."
  2. "In the age of AI, the three most important skills are curiosity, humility, and an appreciation for the absurd."
  3. "The good news is that AI can do many things better than humans. The bad news is that it can't do everything better than humans, yet."
  4. "In the future, the most valuable commodity will not be data, but creativity. Machines can analyze data, but only humans can create something new."
  5. "In the age of AI, the best leaders will be the ones who know when to turn off their phones and go for a walk in the park."

5 thought-provoking quotes​

  1. "The algorithmic leader is not an engineer or data scientist, but someone who can ask the right questions, interpret results, and make decisions in a world where answers are uncertain."
  2. "The future belongs to those who can imagine what's possible and then figure out how to get there with the help of algorithms."
  3. "Leaders who ignore the power of algorithms risk being left behind in a world where automation and artificial intelligence are transforming every aspect of business and society."
  4. "The key to being an algorithmic leader is not to be smarter than the machines, but to be better at harnessing their power for human purposes."
  5. "The most successful leaders in the age of AI will be those who can create a shared vision for the future and inspire people to work together towards it."

5 dilemmas

  1. Balancing the benefits of automation and AI with the potential risks to jobs and human dignity.
  2. Deciding when to rely on algorithms and when to trust human judgment in complex decision-making situations.
  3. Addressing the ethical and social implications of algorithmic decision-making, including issues of bias, privacy, and accountability.
  4. Developing new forms of leadership and organizational structures that can adapt to the rapidly changing landscape of technology and business.
  5. Ensuring that AI and automation are used in ways that align with human values and goals, and not just for efficiency and profit.

5 examples

  1. Google: The tech giant that has pioneered the use of artificial intelligence and machine learning to improve search results and other services.
  2. Amazon: The e-commerce giant that uses algorithms to personalize product recommendations and optimize shipping and logistics.
  3. IBM: The technology company that is developing Watson, a cognitive computing system that can analyze and interpret vast amounts of data in various domains.
  4. GE: The industrial company that is using AI to optimize operations and maintenance in industries such as aviation and healthcare.
  5. Netflix: The streaming service that uses algorithms to recommend movies and TV shows based on users' viewing history and preferences.

Referenced books

  1. "The Innovator's Dilemma: When New Technologies Cause Great Firms to Fail" by Clayton M. Christensen
  2. "Superintelligence: Paths, Dangers, Strategies" by Nick Bostrom
  3. "The Black Box Society: The Secret Algorithms That Control Money and Information" by Frank Pasquale
  4. "Prediction Machines: The Simple Economics of Artificial Intelligence" by Ajay Agrawal, Joshua Gans, and Avi Goldfarb
  5. "Machine, Platform, Crowd: Harnessing Our Digital Future" by Andrew McAfee and Erik Brynjolfsson

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