Best of 2020: Gartner ThinkCast Podcasts

Our most popular ThinkCast podcast episodes reflect the disruptions, adaptations and business operations needed for organizations to succeed.

The events of 2020 created a lot of big change and possibly even more big questions. From managing employees through a global pandemic to top trends for the future to how to better commit to diversity, equity and inclusion, executives from across the business had to be agile, creative and empathetic.

Gartner experts joined Gartner ThinkCast hosts Kasey Panetta and Heather Pemberton Levy to discuss topics ranging from COVID-19 to racial injustice to operating business in a new operating environment that are affecting executives everywhere.

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In case you missed them, here are the Gartner ThinkCast episodes that garnered the most attention in 2020.

No. 1: How to Get Transformation Right

Do you know the three magical ingredients for a successful digital transformation? Wouldn’t it be great if there were “‘hacks” for culture change? Hear from Gartner expert Mary Mesaglio to understand how organizations approach digital transformation and how they leverage culture to accelerate change. Learn where organizations typically get stuck and specific tactics to move forward.

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No. 2: Coronavirus: Lead Your Organization Through Disruption

With the rapid spread of the coronavirus, or COVID-19, leaders must prepare for how to manage and respond to the impact of a global pandemic. As people, we are concerned with the safety of our families, colleagues and communities first. As professionals, we’re caught up in varying and often rapidly changing levels of disruption in our daily and strategic operations.

In this episode, we talk with Gartner experts from our IT, supply chain, HR and risk practices to learn how executives should be responding, where they are vulnerable to missteps and what questions are on the minds of leaders from each practice.

No. 3: Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion: What Organizations Get Wrong

In this Gartner ThinkCast special series on the Executives’ Role in Advancing Diversity, Equity and Inclusion, Kasey Panetta interviews Lauren Romansky, Managing VP of the Gartner HR practice. Employees across the globe are engaging in discussions of racial justice, and leaders are seizing this moment to consider their role and opportunities to advance diversity, equity and inclusion at their organizations.

No. 4: Gartner Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2020: Part 1

Featured at Gartner Symposium IT/Xpo®, the Hype Cycle for Emerging Technologies, 2020 highlights the 30 emerging technologies with significant impact on business, society and people over the next five to 10 years. In the first episode of our two-part series, we explore how the Hype Cycle is created, the year’s trends and two of the featured technologies.

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No. 5: Are You Prepared for the Future of Work?

Workforce planning, employee performance and employee experience have all taken on a new meaning post COVID-19. In this episode of ThinkCast, Heather Levy, Vice President of Content Marketing at Gartner has a conversation with Adriana Duque Hughes, VP of Workforce Planning, Gartner, to talk about the changes HR executives and employees are facing and how that trickles down to expectations.


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