Steering Through AI’s Fractional C-Suite with Colin Sanburg

Welcome to the Artificial Intelligence Podcast! We delve into the dynamic and emerging field of AI, guiding listeners through the intricacies of the tech world and the magic of AI. Our host, Jonathan Green, best-selling author, navigates these waters with ease, ensuring you're informed and ready to leverage AI in your own endeavors.

In this episode, we're thrilled to have Colin Sanburg, a seasoned expert in the fractional C-suite landscape, particularly as a fractional CFO. Colin brings his wisdom to the table, discussing the rise of AI and its implications for executive roles. With titles like CAIO, CIO, and CAO swirling around, the conversation turns to the role of AI in shaping the future of leadership positions and how companies scramble to incorporate AI at the behest of eager boards.

Colin defines the fractional space as a domain where high-level expertise is utilized on a part-time basis, especially as full-time availability and affordability become increasingly challenging. He distinguishes between consultants, who offer advice, and fractional executives, who roll up their sleeves and get to work, embedding themselves within the company's operations.

The podcast takes a deep dive into the nuances of being a fractional AIO versus an AI consultant or agency. Colin shares insights on the rapid evolution of AI and how staying up-to-date is a significant part of the job, highlighting the demand for constant adaptation and learning in this field.

Listeners will gain a clear understanding of how AI experts can differentiate themselves, the benefits of being a fractional executive, and the importance of staying current in an ever-changing landscape. Colin also shares his journey into the fractional world and the potential growth paths for similar roles.

Jonathan and Colin engage in a candid discussion about the fears and challenges of proclaiming oneself an AI expert and the catch-22 of expertise and recognition. They emphasize the importance of just starting, gaining experience, and becoming the go-to person in one's network for AI knowledge.

By the end of the episode, you'll be ready to embrace the AI revolution, armed with the knowledge to navigate these uncharted waters. Whether you're an AI novice or a seasoned tech enthusiast, this conversation will provide valuable perspectives and actionable advice.

Notable Quotes:

  • “The fractional space is where you have a high-level need and either can't afford or don't need that expertise 100% of the time.” – [Colin Sandberg]
  • “The difference between a consultant and a fractional executive is execution. As a fractional, you're doing the job, not just advising on it.” – [Colin Sandberg]
  • “In AI, the landscape changes so rapidly that what you learned a year ago may no longer be relevant.” – [Jonathan Green]
  • “You don't need a college degree in AI to be an expert; you need to be living and breathing the subject matter.” – [Colin Sandberg]

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