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RTI International CFO Michael Kaelin on Facing Your Team’s AI Fears

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James Kotecki
Sep 30, 2020 · 10 min read

Episode Highlights from Machine Meets World

This week’s guest is Michael Kaelin, RTI International’s Executive Vice President and Chief Financial Officer.

Facts > Fear

“One of the most important things is really trying to get in the hearts and minds of your team, because the natural first reaction is, ‘Oh my God, we’re going to implement this technology and I’m going to lose my job.’ I mean, that was the thing that was on their minds in 2016, 2017, so we spent a lot of time talking about why that wasn’t the case.

People > Tech

“Adoption of AI, digital transformation, to me, is all about people. It’s not about the tech. I mean, you can buy the tech tomorrow if you wanted it, but if you don’t have an organization that’s aligned, excited, motivated about the change that can come from the adoption of the technology, then you’re not going to get the benefit from it.”

“This Is a Journey”

“Don’t get frustrated by fits and starts because you’ll have some of them, and that’s the way it’s been for us, but we know it’s a long-term important item for us, and we continue to invest and continue to move things forward. And so I think if you think of things like a journey, you won’t get as frustrated by maybe a lack of immediate results, but they will come. You will eventually get there.”

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