Meet the Guest

Michael Arena, Ph.D

Michael Arena, Ph.D. is the Chief Talent Officer for GM and has played a critical role in the company’s transformation. He launched GM2020, a grassroots initiative designed to enable employees to positively disrupt the way they work, which was highlighted in Fast Company and Fortune Magazine. He is also the author of the groundbreaking research on adaptation that won the 2017 Walker Prize from People + Strategy. As a leading expert in organizational network analysis, his work has been cited in the Wall Street Journal, Chief Executive Magazine, Harvard Business Review, Business Insider and Sloan Management Review. Arena also teaches in Penn’s Masters in Organizational Dynamics program and acts as a design thinking coach within the Stanford School. Prior to GM, he also spent two years as a visiting scientist within MIT’s Media Lab and served as Senior Vice President of Leadership Development at Bank of America. To learn more about how you can foster connections among people, ideas, information, and resources check out Michael’s new book, Adaptive Space: How GM and Other Companies are Positively Disrupting Themselves and Transforming into Agile Organizations.

Talent Angle

Hosted by: Scott Engler

The Gartner Talent Angle podcast is a new and exciting approach to talent management. Every month, we’ll talk with those on the forefront of HR innovation — innovators, academics, HR professionals, economists, coaches — to explore the most interesting and cutting edge ideas in the world of HR and people development. Join us as we reimagine talent.

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