3 secrets of future-proofing your company

Feb 26, 2021

I am not gonna lie: this week I've been completely consumed by our 500-participant Easy Reinvention Lab.

This is the first time we are running this free, live 5-day event  - but boy is it bringing big breakthroughs for people already:


 The Lab is wrapping up tomorrow at 12 noon - but there is still time for you to get some of the same benefits.

OPTION 1: sign up for the Lab today to get all the replays and the workbook (you have until the end of Tuesday, March 2nd to catch up and then all the replays disappear):

REGISTER FOR THE LAB

 

OPTION 2: join us live on Zoom for a catch-up session on the "3 secrets of future-proofing your company (and your career)" - which will take place on Monday, March 1st, 12 -1 pm US EST:

ADD TO YOUR CALENDAR

 

Our mission is to bring reinvention skills to 1 billion people - so that we can all learn to ride the waves of change, rather than get crushed by them.

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What makes something alive?

Feb 19, 2021

What makes something alive?

Why do some companies (careers, communities, even entire companies) thrive - while others disappear?

How can we choose to stay alive in business (and beyond) - rather than be victims of our competitors, regulators, suppliers, customer deselections, and beyond?

What can business learn about survival from spiders, dolphins, and trees?


These and many other questions got answered in a new podcast episode recorded for a wonderful "Getting Work to Work" show:

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I hope you'll get some new ideas for your organization and career - and a few good laughs. 

It is one of the most honest and relaxed conversations I had on a podcast and the very first question asked blew me away - I wonder what you'd be your answer...


P.S. On Monday our free live 5-day Easy Reinvention Lab starts - and it's not too late to join.

To make sure you get our amazing workbook (a blend of our own tools with the Blue Ocean Strategy, design thinking, and much more) and be on top...

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I can barely hold the excitement

Feb 12, 2021

I think we can all agree on one thing: we are living in the year of massive change.

The pandemic is still raging, the economy is volatile, and our daily lives are disrupted in a way we could not imagine even a year ago.

So, if change is all around us, when it's literally staring into our faces, why is it so hard to change?

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My answer is simple: we are all born good at change. We are all native reinventors. But we are simply educated out of it.

So, it's time to take our reinvention powers back.

All we need is practice. Just like a muscle, reinvention skills grow when we give ourselves a little bit of time to lift some weights, do some exercises, stretch a bit.

And when the first results come, they give us energy to keep going.
 


And that's why I am SO excited to share this amazing opportunity to help you grow your reinvention muscles!



From February 22nd to 26th we'll be hosting a free 5-day reinvention experience - complete with live sessions...

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How did this Ohio company beat global powerhouses?

Feb 05, 2021

 I love love love a good business reinvention story.

You can find many of them in the fancy magazines. Yet, most seem to feature big untouchable companies far far away (think Tesla, Apple, Stripe).

But what about the "normal" businesses we can actually relate to?

 

The reinvention of PENZONE is exactly that kind of story.

At the time of its founding in 1969, PENZONE was a contemporary to some of corporate America’s most powerful titans. Take, for example, RCA. In the year of PENZONE’s incorporation, RCA appeared on the Fortune 500 list as 20.

A giant in electronics, radio equipment, marine, and international communications. When General Electric acquired RCA in 1986, most of its assets were liquidated.

The year 1969 was also great at Pan American World Airways, known to most as Pan Am. Advertised with the slogan “The World’s Most Experienced Airline,” Pan Am had 150 jets flying to 86 countries on every continent except...

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12 simple reinvention solutions you'll love this year

Feb 01, 2021

Can you believe January is already over?

Yes, 2021 is in full swing, and every New Year I start with a big question.


"How can I have a reinvention breakthrough this year?"

What can I do this year that really matters? 
Truly makes a difference?
Give my team, clients, students, family, myself what we deeply need - not only want?


This year was no different - but after the remarkable and disruptive year we just had, this question seems particularly important for 2021.

So, I want to share one of my all-time favorite collection of reinvention resources.


Behold the 2021 Reinvention Calendar - a collection of 12 specific research-based reinvention ideas you can use this year:



The idea is simple: we give you 12 science-backed pragmatic no-nonsense reinvention solutions you can turn into strategy sessions, coaching topics, or reinvention labs on a whim.

Whether you are an executive searching for that special way to up-level, an employee seeking a...

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What?! There are NINE types of reinvention?

Jan 24, 2021

Recently, I was asked by a wonderful podcast host on what constitutes  "good reinvention."

Should it always be a monumental, revolutionary, breakthrough kind of change?

Or could it possibly be a more manageable incremental improvement?

My answer got him so surprised that he chose it as the main quote to advertise the podcast.

(And those of you who already read The Chief Reinvention Officer Handbook will remember page 180).

 

Our research indicates at least nine different types of reinvention - which differ in both scope and intensity, as our wonderful Reinvention Portfolio Canvas suggests :


 


Understanding the variety of options available to you - and being able to choose which type of reinvention is the most fitting to your needs right now is the key to successful reinvention.

So, to help you with this task in both career and company reinvention, we've spent an hour discussing:

WHY reinventing your skillset is going to become one of the most important skills of the...

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Change is NOT a project

Jan 15, 2021

We are 15 days into the new year - and I think it's becoming painfully clear to all of us that uncertainty and disruption is here to stay.

In the past thirty years, I have seen, lived through, and studied a wide variety of disruptions around the world.

Just as with COVID-19, every time a crisis started to descend upon the globe, it unleashed a wide variety of questions. They ranged from the purely practical, such as “How do we cut costs?”; to the more managerial, such as “How do I coach my team through paralysis?”; all the way to the existential “What does it all mean for the way we live, work, and interact in the future?”

But as time goes on in every crisis, one question seems to take over most business meetings, conversations, and articles.

“How do we make it until this is over?” starts an executive meeting. “How do we survive until things stabilize?” echoes a chat room for small business owners. “How do we...

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469?!?

Jan 08, 2021

2021 is upon us. I hope this year will be a year of light.

Yet, if you had turned on the news in the recent days, I know my wishes of a bright and easy New Year are most likely already made impossible by a disruption or crisis of some sort.

With challenges coming at every corner, it's tempting to despair or grow thinking of any possibility of a better life, a stronger business, or a healthier community.

But what if I told you you've already become a master of reinvention - without even knowing it?

 

Take, for example, economic challenges. If you were to guess, how many economic crises have we already survived in the recent past - say since 1988?

The answer is as shocking as it is full of hope.

Although popular economic folklore highlights the Great Depression that started in 1929 and the Great Recession that erupted in 2008, there were many others.

Even if we forget regional or industry-specific crises and focus only on country...

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Top 10 reinvention resources for 2021 [for every level]

Jan 01, 2021

It's here! 2021 is upon us!


I don't want to spend too much time bashing this unusual year - after all, research consistently shows that appreciation, not complaining, builds up our mental capacity.

Instead, I want to start this year with a list of the best reinvention resources that can prepare each and every one of us for an uncertain 2021.

Even more - I want to sort the resources for different levels of familiarity and expertise.

Reinvention is like any other skill - we have beginners, intermediate, and advanced practitioners.

Just like in yoga you might want to have the basics as an addition to your normal routine, or have a consistent yoga practice, or go on to teach yoga to others, with reinvention you might simply dip your toes, or get comfortable with it, or go all the way to becoming a Certified Reinvention Practitioner.


Whether you are just getting to know the field of reinvention - or have a ton of practice already - we have something for everyone.


FOR THOSE OF US...

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The most daring gift you can give yourself [HINT: you can't buy it]

Dec 27, 2020

It's Christmas time - and whether you are celebrating or not, this is the time of the year that the whole world seems to be looking for the perfect gift.

While I am sure your gifts for your loved ones are already taken care of, my concern is for what you have decided to give to yourself.

And I have an idea.

Perhaps more than any other year, 2020 has shown us that we live in a special era.

The late 1920s ushered the time of the Great Depression. 
2008 was the start of the Great Recession.
2020 moved us into the age of the Great Reinvention.

Whether it's your career, your organization, your family, or your community, one thing is clear: there will be no "business as usual."

The world is accelerating, with new crises AND new opportunities continuously asking us all to reinvent. To renew. To re-think. To re-imagine.



And that's why the greatest gift we can all give ourselves is to become Chief Reinvention Officers of our own lives.

To give ourselves permission...

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