Episode Description

What is the “human side” of construction? What is “human capital” and how does it relate to employee retention? Join host Todd and guest Katie Hall as they discuss the boom of AI development, how to secure buy-in for new tech within the construction industry, how we can find and translate construction skills in other areas, and much more.

Katie Hall is the Founder and CEO of Claira, a competency analytics platform helping companies understand their workforce and hire better. Before starting Claira, Katie spent 10 years in global workforce development, where it became clear that customers and the market were ready for a more precise, inclusive future of work. Katie regularly speaks and writes on a variety of topics including diversity hiring, ai ethics, and automation impact on the workforce. Previously, Katie worked for the United States Attorney’s Office, Department of Justice, Executive Office of the President, The White House and the State of Michigan. She holds an MBA from MIT Sloan School of Management and an MPA from the University of Michigan, Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy and a BA in Political Science from Hope College. She also played and coached volleyball for 20 years.

Todd Takes

1. Take the time to map out your current workforce competencies and where you would like to be in the future. Then you can assess the delta between the two and get a gameplan on how to fill in the needed gaps by hiring new or upleveling your people. 

2. There is no need to be intimidated or threatened by AI. I truly think those that are able to harness AI will be freed up to focus on what people do best and that is be creative and empathetic to move the  industry forward. 

3. I love Katie’s declaration to ferociously attack what is frustrating you. Do not settle for a bad system simply because that is the system you operate in. Look around for those small 1% improvements and build momentum of change


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