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  • Analytical
  • Engaging
  • Inspiring


The workplace will be drastically different in 2030: AI, robotics and machine learning will threaten firms that cling to outdated 20th-century business models. But it won’t be as dystopian as you might fear, say academicians Sudhanshu Palsule and Michael Chavez. Embracing your humanity is the secret to thriving in the new economy. Palsule and Chavez explain how to use valuable human skills, like empathy. Writing in an analytical, instructional style, they deftly distill complex ideas into a guidebook for leaders, challenging traditional concepts of power and human nature, and reimagining the purpose of organizations.

About the Authors

Michael Chavez, who has 25 years of executive management, strategy and development experience at global organizations, is the CEO of Duke University’s Duke Corporate Education department, where Sudhanshu Palsule is a CEO adviser and professor.


Successful 21st-century leaders will inspire meaning and purpose amid existential uncertainty.

Organizations face an increasing need for leaders who embrace their humanity – or who rehumanize leadership. Those who want to stay relevant and keep up with the rapid pace of change should remember that being human – not mechanistic – will grow increasingly important over time.

Each person’s approach to finding meaning, purpose and empathy will determine his or her performance in a world in which AI, algorithms and information are increasingly pervasive. Society will face a growing crisis of meaning as the global flow of information disconnects people from their familiar touchstones. 

Help the people you lead discover their purpose and the meaning of their work through your passion, empathy and mindful approach. 

Four factors will shape your experience of work in the 21st century:

  1. Complexity – The 21st century heralds a move away from linear modes of thinking and behaving, such as top-down corporate hierarchies.
  2. Millennial perspectives – Millennials expect leaders to be purpose...

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