How May Summer Reading List Prepared Me For The AI Revolution


By Carlos Melendez, COO and cofounder of Wovenware

As summer 2018 is now in the rearview mirror, I recall fondly my summer reading list, which included a wide variety of subjects from the Autobiography of a Yogi by Paramahansa Yogananda to You’re More Powerful Than You Think: A Citizen’s Guide to Making Change Happen by Eric Liu. But, two books stand out because of their value as we prepare for the AI revolution that is upon us: Your Oxygen Mask First: 17 Habits to Help High Achievers Survive & Thrive by Kevin N. Lawrence and Consulting Essentials: The Art and Science of People, Facts, and Frameworks by Jeff Kavanaugh.

I have written several blogs explaining and giving examples of what artificial intelligence (AI) is, but as AI becomes more prevalent, it’s important to talk about what leaders can do to prepare for the AI revolution that is upon us, and these books can provide some valuable ideas.

What’s interesting is that true AI preparation doesn’t come from a programmer’s guide or a voluminous textbook on data science, but unlike transformative technologies that have gone before it, preparing for the AI revolution is more about the real world. Mastering the subject most certainly requires data science expertise, but to really make it a business reality, it requires a change in mindset, perspective and corporate culture.

So here are some takeaways from my summer reading list that may serve as a good source of inspiration for your as you begin your AI transformation journey.

Master Your Sweet Spot

In Your Oxygen Mask First: 17 Habits to Help High Achievers Survive & Thrive, Lawrence explains that leaders should do the things they love the way they love to do them. It’s about looking for your strengths and concentrating on them. Obsessed with understanding why successful people crash and burn, Lawrence shares 17 habits that give any leader the chance to rise above their success and keep achieving.

What if you could concentrate your work efforts on the things you like doing and are good at and use AI to help you automate the other things that aren’t as rewarding? Leaders should start identifying those work areas where they are lacking or which simply don’t bring enough reward for the effort and see how AI can be implemented in those areas to enable greater productivity. It might be something like an analyst who is not good at forecasting customer demand or a services staff fielding routine customer queries.

Whatever the scenario, there is an AI technology that can help you perform those tasks you don’t enjoy doing or that are not your strengths. Leaders should concentrate on their strengths and let AI manage other tasks.

Focus On A Culture Of Learning

The rate of change in the world is increasing exponentially. For us to keep up and be useful, we need to foster learning among our teams. Jeff Kavanaugh teaches the concept of learnability really well in Consulting Essentials: The Art and Science of People, Facts, and Frameworks. Leveraging his experience as a senior partner at a large consulting firm and adjunct professor at the University of Texas at Dallas, he shares with readers how to quickly scale the consulting learning curve.

What I learned is that by becoming better learners and listening to the needs of our customers, employees and the market at large, we will be able to identify opportunities where we can use AI and predictive analytics to bolster our products, services and operations.

Read the source article in Forbes.