Nelson Furtado

Nelson Furtado

Propositions & Innovation Director

I’m the Propositions & Innovation director working in our leadership consultancy practice.

What experience and expertise do you bring to your role?

Across a career in public service, higher education, and strategy consulting, I have focused on enabling opportunities for talent – whether that be students, researchers, executives, and the workforce at large – by deriving meaningful insights from data. In my current role, I sit at the intersection of our consulting, R&D, and technology functions; my focus is on designing online assessments that engage and empower users while generating data to inform better talent decision-making.

What are your thoughts on the future of your sector?

Unsurprisingly AI looms large over the future of data-driven talent management. I’m optimistic but ever mindful of a few key things:
People at the centre: When we talk about talent data, we can’t lose sight of the fact that every data point represents something about a person on the other end. With advances in talent marketplaces and skills-based hiring, we should be wary of reducing people at work to inventory to be moved around an organisation.

What’s your go-to productivity trick?

Never more than 30 emails in my inbox.

How do you prefer to start your day?

A hot shower, a cold bowl of cereal, and a podcast on a walk.

What was your first job?

Touting store credit cards at Canadian Tire (I lasted two weeks).

What’s the best advice you were ever given?

Don’t forget to pause and take a breath.

What’s your top three podcasts/books?

1. The Vergecast
2. Eat Sleep Work Repeat
3. Decoder with Nilay Patel

1. The Design of Everyday Things by Don Norman
2. Fahrenheit 451 by Ray Bradbury
3. Flow: The Psychology of Optimal Experience by Mihaly Csikszentmihalyi