The Rise of Generative AI: Anticipating Fundamental Shifts in Work and Organizations

Hunt Scanlon Media host Rob Adams spoke to H.I.E.C Managing Partner, Tony Leng, for the Podcast ‘Talent Talks’.

In this episode, Tony draws upon his extensive experience as a CEO, as well as his financial background as a CPA and CA, and technical expertise gained from working with tech companies to delve deep and comprehend the nuanced needs of his clients as they establish their teams. Tony delved deep into the transformative potential of Generative AI (GenAI) and its implications for the future of work and organizational structures. He provides invaluable insights into how businesses can proactively adapt to shifts in work dynamics and overall structure. Listen now!



GenAI, which enables the generation of content such as text, images, and sound, is poised to revolutionize the way businesses operate. In its initial phase, GenAI promises to automate routine tasks, which currently occupy a significant portion of an employee’s time, thereby enhancing efficiency and fostering innovation. According to studies, embracing GenAI can lead to a cost reduction of 2-3%. More than just another IT tool, GenAI is set to redefine how organizations deliver value, drawing parallels with the profound impact the introduction of the internet had on businesses. As organizations navigate this new landscape, Tony emphasizes the importance of proactive leadership, governance, and education. He also highlights the emergence of roles like the Chief Generative AI Officer (CGAIO) and the need for businesses to strike a balance between leveraging GenAI’s transformative potential and ensuring ethical and transparent practices.

The podcast also touched upon the challenges and opportunities presented by GenAI in areas such as data management, talent acquisition, security, transparency, and ethics. Tony underscored the significance of data as the foundation for building AI models and the associated risks and rewards. He also discussed the evolving talent landscape, with the emergence of new roles and the need for continuous education to mitigate fears and uncertainties. On the topic of security, the conversation revolved around the increasing value of data and the heightened risks of data breaches. Tony also shed light on the importance of transparency, especially when AI models are involved in decision-making processes that require regulatory oversight. Ethical considerations, especially in the context of potential biases in AI models, were also discussed.

As GenAI becomes an integral part of business operations, Tony emphasized the urgency for organizations to adapt, educate, and ensure they have the right leadership in place to navigate this transformative landscape successfully.