IN THIS EPISODE, KARAN FERRELL-RHODES SHARES THE VISION OF THE BLENDED WORKFORCES @WORK PODCAST .

For those who may not be fully aware, Blended Workforces are when employers use a mix of traditional employees along with external resources like independent contractors, consultants, vendors, and technology- all in the hopes of enhancing competitiveness, ensuring cost flexibility, and expediting business goals.

Karan is a CHRO Consigliere, organizational strategist, and leadership tactics expert who has researched over 10K high achieving leaders, organizations and businesses to pinpoint what differentiated their success from their peers. She is an expert on the business strategy of blended workforces and consults with organizations looking to better infuse blended workforces into their business operations.  She also uses her research to help prepare suppliers to better position their candidacy to land more lucrative contracts.

Each Thursday, we provide new insights and navigate how to go about up-leveling and optimizing blended workforces to do their best work. We bring you the stories behind the ingenuity, resilience and execution excellence of all the different types of stakeholders who help to make blended workforces work well for all involved.

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  1. What keeps CEO’s up at night
  2. The definition of blended workforces
  3. What the BWAW podcast will cover

    “Effectively leading and managing blended workforces is very dynamic and complex, and has been overlooked by MBA programs and in-house leadership training. I couldn’t find anyone adequately addressing the business of blended workforces and felt that the topic needed its own home.”

    Karan Ferrell-Rhodes

    Host - Blended Workforces @ Work Podcast

    FEATURED TIMESTAMPS:

    [00:00] What keeps CEO’s up at night
    [00:32]  The definition of blended workforces
    [01:54]  What the BWAW podcast will cover

    ABOUT KARAN FERRELL-RHODES:

    Karan is a CHRO and organizational effectiveness strategist who is obsessed with up-leveling the capability of companies to optimize their workforces to do their best work. After 18+ years of witnessing the chaos and trauma caused by under-resourced HR teams and bad leadership actions within organizations, she ditched her comfy job as a corporate HR exec at Microsoft to found Shockingly Different Leadership, a global human capital professional services firm that companies trust when needing to supplement their in-house HR teams with contract experts to help execute business-critical People, Learning, Culture and Organizational Effectiveness initiatives.

    Karan and the team of over 350 SDL consultants have worked with executive teams at companies such as Coca-Cola, Microsoft, British Petroleum, Meta, EY, Raymond James, Major League Baseball and the NFL.

    Listen in as Karan gives us an insider’s look into how the world’s most progressive companies manage blended workforces, scale their talent capabilities, source the perfect external consultants, lead organizational change initiatives, flex their business functions on-demand, reduce costs and better manage their human capital project spend.

    Karan is also the author of Lead at the Top of Your Game, creator of the Leadership Tactics Diagnostic assessment and is a frequent contributor on leadership strategies to Forbes.com.

    When not traveling the globe, Karan resides in Atlanta, where she enjoys serving on numerous non-profit boards, planning intimate dinners with family & friends, watching professional sports, and dreaming of one day becoming a movie critic and sommelier.

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    TRAILER | Welcome to the Blended Workforces at Work Podcast with host Karan Ferrell-Rhodes

    Karan Rhodes  00:00

    Pick your choice of executive research studies and you’ll find that most of the C-suite say that the gap between the employee talent they currently have and the skills that are needed is what keeps them up at night. Executives are being forced to boldly question long-held assumptions about how work should be done, who should do it, and the role of the physical office and technology solutions.

    That’s why Blended Workforces are one of the hottest talent strategies today.  For those who don’t know, Blended workforces are when employers use a mix of traditional employees with external resources like independent contractors, consultants, vendors, and technology- all in the hopes of enhancing competitiveness, ensuring cost flexibility, and expediting business goals. This sounds like a no-brainer, right?  Well, it’s not as easy as it seems.

    Unfortunately, effectively leading and managing blended workforces is very dynamic and complex, and has been overlooked by MBA programs and in-house leadership training.  I learned by being both on the Corporate HR procurement side of the house and by eventually being a service provider for enterprise-level firms myself.  And when I searched around for more info, I couldn’t find anyone adequately addressing the business of blended workforces and felt that the topic needed its own home. Where were the leaders who repped this highly impactful strategy?  Seeing none, I stepped up to the plate and used my experience as a CHRO and Organizational Effectiveness Strategist to start this podcast to elevate the type of workplace collaboration that I love and that has proven to be a win-win for all parties, if done right. 

    Subscribe to the podcast and tune in each Thursday as we navigate how to go about up-leveling and optimizing blended workforces to do their best work.  We’ll focus on supporting both sides of the table  – First, by helping employers unpack best practices to implement and blind spots to avoid when infusing a blended workforce strategy that will enable their ability to quickly adapt to changing business demands by scaling their workforce up and down as needed.  And on the flipside, we aim to help the wild, wild west of contractors and suppliers out there, by providing insights on how to professionalize their firms and improve their chances of finding and landing lucrative contract opportunities.  So, no matter if you are the head of HR, a C-Suite leader, a business executive, in Finance or procurement, or a product or service provider, this podcast is for you.  I’m your host, Karan Ferrell-Rhodes, and it’s time to get smarter about Blended Workforces @Work.

    Email:  podcast [at] shockinglydifferent.com

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