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How to navigate the Workplace Coexisting With AI: Me, My AI and I (Artificial General Intelligence)

artificial intelligence, leadership coach, inclusion, executive coach

Hello, fellow humans and artificial intelligence (AI) enthusiasts! You know how Spotify knows your music taste better than your partner, how Netflix suggests shows that you like, and how Waze reroutes you around traffic faster than you can say “road rage”? That is AI, serving you entertainment recommendations and navigating the bustling city streets, ensuring you get to your meeting on time and with your sanity intact.

But AI is not just about that; it is revolutionizing industries, from diagnosing diseases with precision to informing financial decisions to enabling self-driving cars.

Why should we care? AI is becoming an integral part of our lives, and understanding it is no longer optional—it is necessary. Whether you are a tech wizard or not (like me), there is something in AI for you.

As a leadership aficionado, I have navigated the waves of AI integration in the workplace with a mix of curiosity, comedy, and occasional chaos. 

The narrative in the workplace often oscillates between the excitement of efficiency gains and the fear of an impersonal future dominated by machines.

AI is not just a buzzword but a tangible reality. We stand at the crossroads of innovation and ethics, progress and preservation.

The Hilarious Beginnings Of Human-AI Camaraderie

I remember my first rendezvous with an AI scheduling tool. It thought the best time for a leadership workshop was simultaneously with my surprise birthday bash. Picture me, attempting to disclose the finer points of inclusive leadership while secretly fretting about missing my own celebration. It was a comedy of errors where AI, attempting to simplify life, reminded me of the value of human oversight. The cake was great, though, even if slightly delayed.

From Doubt To Dynamic Duo: My Evolution With AI

Initially, AI felt like an unwelcome guest at a dinner party—the kind who might accidentally spill wine on the carpet. But as time passed, AI and I learned to coexist like an old married couple, each with our quirky habits. I discovered AI's knack for data but also its odd interpretations sometimes. This journey from skepticism to partnership taught me the beauty of complementing AI's precision with human creativity.

Leading The Upskilling Odyssey

Leaders will be the architects designing the blueprint for their teams where AI and humans coexist harmoniously. Investing in reskilling and upskilling initiatives is paramount. Such initiatives not only equip employees to work alongside AI but also underscore a commitment to their development and well-being.

Upskilling should focus on digital literacy and AI proficiency. It is not about sidelining human employees but enhancing their roles, allowing them to leverage AI for tasks, specifically repetitive ones or those requiring data analysis, thereby freeing up time for creative and strategic endeavors where human ingenuity is irreplaceable.

The jobs that will be replaced will be those based on repeatable patterns, such as data analysis. Roles requiring emotional intelligence, personal touch, genuine human connections, interpersonal relationships, building collaboration and communication between teams cannot be replaced by AI.

AI cannot simulate empathy, any emotion like respect or trust, or even cultural diversity because these elements lack patterns. AI lacks human warmth and insights to pick up on little human nuances. AI can not replace human strategic thinking, creativity or innovation (at least not yet).

Lifelong Learners: AI As The Quirky Classroom Assistant

My mantra? Never stop learning. AI, in its infinite curiosity, became not just a tool but a teacher. Once, in trying to automate a feedback process, AI ended up creating a loop where it continuously complimented itself on its efficiency. It was an unintended AI comedy show, yet it underscored a crucial lesson: the importance of understanding the systems we work with, not just for efficiency but for the sheer joy of learning from our mistakes.

Fostering An AI-Inclusive Culture: It's All About Balance

Adopting AI in the workplace is not just about upgrading our tech or our skills; it is about cultivating an environment where everyone, including AI, can contribute their best.

This means creating spaces for open dialogue about AI's role, addressing fears—such as job displacement, bias and loss of human touch—and highlighting opportunities. It is akin to introducing a new team member; some initial awkwardness is expected, but with patience and understanding, new dynamics flourish. Onboarding AI as a new addition to the team is crucial.

The Future Is Now: Embracing AI As Part Of Our Professional DNA

As we stand on the precipice of the future of work, it is clear that AI will be an integral part of our journey. This doesn't spell doom for humanity; instead, it is a sign of an era of unprecedented collaboration. By harnessing AI's capabilities and marrying them with our unique human traits, we are not just surviving; we are thriving. We are creating a work culture that values efficiency and empathy, innovation and inclusion.

Here we are, at the end of our little expedition into the world where humans and AI coexist not just peacefully but prosperously for a partnership with great potential.

The journey with AI is filled with learning curves, hilarious mix-ups and, most importantly, endless possibilities. It is about embracing the adventure, making room for growth and, sometimes, just enjoying the comedy of errors that comes with integrating AI into our human world.

In essence, as we navigate the future of work, let us remember to lean into the quirks of AI, celebrate our human resilience and creativity and forge a path that leverages the best of both worlds.

Because, at the end of the day, it is not just about me, my AI and I—it is about all of us, together, charting a course toward a future where technology and humanity are enriching each other's experiences in this grand adventure called life.

You can listen to my podcast "AI Cafe Conversations" on Amazon music Apple podcasts and Spotify 


My name is Sahar Andrade, I help organizations increase their employee engagement by investing in Diversity/Inclusion practices as well as through Leadership Development Coaching.

I coach successful leaders that are stuck to reinvent their lives with courage, release their fears, get clarity on their purpose and pursue their dreams.

My teachings, my unique education and experience combined with singular approach to realizing change, form a proven system for long lasting positive transformation.

My methodology is based on human psychology, N.L.P. practices and research to break down issues, reverse engineer them, and deconstruct personal myths, while developing personal leadership skills development. It is a simple step by step program, modules, exercises, one on one and group coaching.

This is my TED TALK : Overcoming Negative Thoughts

I am the founder of “Sahar Consulting, LLC” and “Reinvent Yourself to Greatness


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