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.
But as time goes on in every crisis, one question seems to take over most business meetings, conversations, and articles.
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...
It's here! 2021 is upon us!
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.
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...
It is time for another Reinvention Weekly - and the entire month of December we are reflecting, celebrating, and getting ready for a completely unpredictable but full of possibilities 2021.
So far, throughout this special month, we have already shared the never-before-seen research results from our 2020 Reinvention Survey.
We also celebrated the crowd-generated impact of "The Chief Reinvention Officer Handbook: How to Thrive in Chaos" with a ton of free resources available for everyone to use right now.
Now is the time to go from celebration to preparation - to make sure we finish 2020 strong and get ready for the remarkable and uncertain New Year.
It's December and this entire month we are looking back at a remarkable, unbelievable, disruptive 2020 - and extracting the best ideas, insights, and resources to take into 2021.
Last week I shared never-before-seen data from our 2020 Global Reinvention Survey.
(Can you believe that to survive and thrive today, a whopping 60% of people are reinventing their business every 3 years or less?!)
This week I want to look back at another major milestone - the collective effort that resulted in the release of "The Chief Reinvention Officer Handbook: How to Thrive in Chaos":
More than 3,000 people contributed to this book, testing each of the 9 tools in real organizations around the globe, participating in our research, and polishing the featured cases, worksheets, and insights.
Since its release in late October, the Handbook:
1. Made its way into the hands of reinvention trailblazers who are leading reinvention efforts in Germany, Australia, South Africa,...
Thanksgiving was wonderful (thank you for all the great messages!), December is here, and that means one thing and one thing only - it's time to wrap up the amazing, unique, and demanding 2020!
Each week of December we'll work on this task - and today I want to start with data.
For a number of years, my team and I run a Global Reinvention Study, which engages thousands of people around the world.
This year the data is particularly telling, so I want to share 3 most important insights everyone needs to know to understand 2020 - and get ready for a productive 2021.
1: The speed of change is accelerating:
In 2018, out of over 2,000 managers participating, 47% reported that in order to survive, they needed to reinvent their businesses every three years or less. Data from 2020 show that the number has jumped to a whopping 60%.
2. There is a much greater need for...
It's Thanksgiving Day here, in the United States, a holiday that for me, the immigrant, has become so very important.
Science shows a direct link between our ability to feel that sense of "thank you" and our overall happiness level.
"Research has repeatedly pointed to a so-called happiness set point—a baseline for happiness that makes some people just naturally happier than others, regardless of the external circumstances—gratitude research highlights the potential for raising that home base of happiness by as much as 25 percent," writes neuroscientist Friederike Fabritius.
So, how about we get happier by 25% right now?
Here is the list of all the things I am thankful for today (in no particular order) - as a way to invite you to write down your own:
Time for my traditional Reinvention Weekly - and this week we're talking about a personal reinvention hack that provided SO much benefit in my life that I simple have to share it!
So, here is the thing.
To reinvent on time, to stay relevant, to notice trends before they hit us, it's crucial to develop a system for anticipating change.
Trusting a chance or getting occasional input at a conference or industry-specific publication worked well when things were more stable, but in todays volatile unpredictable world, missing a trend might cost you your business - or career.
In companies, we build a trend-watching system that works like a clock - providing regular timely warnings for threats and opportunities emerging on the horizon.
But about us as individuals?
How do we stay on top of trends that might disrupt our life and career?
How do we make sure we do this systematically - rather than rely on "happy accidents" to help us stay future-ready?
My answer? Create a...
Throughout my 26 years of working with crises, I have seen a lot of breakthroughs - and a lot of mistakes.
But there is one mistake, which, in my opinion, is the most dangerous, the most fundamental, and the most common.
Which one? What comes to mind?
The biggest mistake that has killed the vast majority of organizations in the recent decades is treating each crisis as something rare, unique, and isolated.
An economic crisis? We come together for a big tense meeting, we brainstorm, develop an action plan, tightened our belts, and brace until the worse is over.
A new challenging demand from a client (a supplier, a governmental agency, a partner)? We come together for a big tense meeting, we brainstorm, develop an action plan, tightened our belts, and brace until the worse is over.
COVID-19? We come together for a big tense meeting, we brainstorm, develop an action plan, tightened our belts, and brace...