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To Take Advantage of Artificial Intelligence, We Need an AI Enabled Workforce

Artificial Intelligence (AI) enabled organizations are an emerging reality.  Transformation towards an AI-enabled organization requires the management to adopt “Change Management” and also adapt their Organizational Leadership styles in accordance with it in order to bring out the best results from the new systems and the talent that develops with it.

However, putting an effective AI system in place requires a talented AI team, managing the AI system’s implementation, and addressing the risks inherent in driving such a change program.

As Artificial Intelligence (AI) permeates into businesses small and large across industries, organizations are looking to hire experienced AI and Machine Learning (ML) talent.  But, the pool of qualified resources is not always adequate given the difference in scope of Data Scientists and AI / ML resources.  The big question regarding talent is, “what to look for when recruiting AI Talent?”

For a firm to develop an AI-enabled workforce, foster a supportive Organizational Culture, and steer an AI enablement effort there are 4 organizational elements that are essential:

  1. Management and Reporting Structure
  2. AI Training for Management
  3. Human Bias Removal
  4. Ability to Distinguish between Correlation and Causation

Let us probe a little deeper into a few of these elements.

Management and Reporting Structure

Organizational Design is one of key element to successful AI management.  An effective management and reporting structure will adequately manage the risks arising out of using an AI system.  Such a structure encompasses:

AI Training for Management

Full backing of the AI system by the management has to be ensured for the system to take root across the organization.  For this purpose, it is vital to:

  • Understand the ability and scope of AI system by the management.
  • Equip the senior management with abundant information.
  • Top management has to own the change for it to be successful.

Human Bias Removal

Algorithms are designed by humans; choices made by biased human designers or within complex social systems can lead to outcomes in conflict with the organization’s goals and values.  Effectively managing biases and risks can be the difference between useful output or otherwise.  To avoid being trapped by bias and risks, leadership needs to work on the following imperatives: 

  • Senior managers need to closely monitor how their organization ingests, processes, and exports data.
  • Systems should be proactively audited to make sure they serve the right purposes.

Assets such as technical expertise, business processes, data, and culture need prior investment for AI systems and workforce to be productive.  These investments may look frivolous at the time but provide more value when AI skills are acquired more easily.  A major portion of the business value of AI talent is reflected in these complementary assets.

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About Mark Bridges

Mark Bridges is a Senior Director of Strategy at Flevy. Flevy is your go-to resource for best practices in business management, covering management topics from Strategic Planning to Operational Excellence to Digital Transformation (view full list here). Learn how the Fortune 100 and global consulting firms do it. Improve the growth and efficiency of your organization by leveraging Flevy's library of best practice methodologies and templates. Prior to Flevy, Mark worked as an Associate at McKinsey & Co. and holds an MBA from the Booth School of Business at the University of Chicago. You can connect with Mark on LinkedIn here.

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