I don't know about you, but I love a good podcast on a slow Saturday morning.
So, today I have three episodes for you to choose from - all packed for extra value and insight.
IF YOU WORK IN A CORPORATE SETTING, whether for-profit, non-profit, or any other organization, or are currently between jobs, this episode is all about professional reinvention.
We talk about the trends disrupting the future of work, simple tools to help you transition in this pandemic economy, and much more:
IF YOU ARE A CONSULTANT, TRAINER, OR COACH, this just-released episode on how we grew our business by 477% in 2020 is the right fit for you.
Here, I wanted to be very specific on which trends are disrupting the consulting industry right now - and how to use these trends, rather than be their victim. In the US alone the consulting industry shrunk by nearly 8% in 2020, but our growth rates are proof to you that it does not need to be your number. Listen here now:
I don't know about your experience with reinvention, but for me, it has always been an incredibly draining job.
You get tired of non-stop firefighting.
You can't ever seem to get buy-in from your peers, bosses, or clients, who all have their own agenda.
You keep struggling to get traction with changing your organization - or that of your clients - for the better.
And through it all, you feel completely and utterly alone.
That was me for a long long time.
Until I decided that I absolutely must build a community of reinvention practitioners so that we all have a place to go to when we feel tired or confused; when we need to pick somebody's brain and find a new hack; or when we simply have something to celebrate - and want to be with people who understand a hard-won battle.
At first, my reinvention family was an informal, private affair.
But the further we went, the more clear it became how needed and amazingly powerful (as professionals...
I get tons of questions about business and reinvention, but one of them is surely the most frequent.
"How often should I reinvent?"
Here's my answer. Reinvention is like taking a shower.
If I don't take a shower on a regular basis, I begin to stink. The same applies to our products, processes, leadership practices, and business models. And the same for our careers and competencies: if we don't reinvent on a regular basis, we begin to stink.
So, how do we take a metaphorical shower? How can we reinvent regularly - before we are forced to do so by COVID-19, new competitors, new bosses, new regulations, new customer expectations.
Here are my three secrets to making reinvention a habit.
Secret #1: Allocate specific "protected" time to reinvent
You know the drill: if it's not on our calendar as a "I am not canceling this," or a must-have, it will simply not get done. We have to put things on a calendar, we have to...
There is no debate.
The world is changing so fast and disruption is all around. Does that feel like a threat? Why not use chaos as a competitive advantage, instead? How can we turn crisis into a resource?
These are the topics we covered in the most recent episode of the #WorkTrends podcast - starting with one key question.
What is chaos?
Now, what is your relationship with chaos? Hit "reply" and let me know your greatest take-away from this podcast - and the questions you want me to answer in the future.
Can't wait to hear your response.
Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva helps companies such as Coca-Cola, Kohler, and IBM turn change and disruption into an opportunity.
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Here is the deal: it’s not that easy to surprise me.
How's your 2021 going so far?
For me, it's an intense calendar-is-double-booked kind of start of the year, filled with speaking, facilitating, and consulting.
"How do we deal | combat | prevent | address | handle resistance to change?"
I got it two times today - once while teaching an introduction to reinvention and then again looking at advanced reinvention projects with the current and future Certified Reinvention Practitioners.
So, the first thing to do is to assess why people resist change in the first place - in your company or at your client organization.
Not long ago, we ran a short poll asking people what is the number 1 reason people resist change in their companies.
What a week!
It looks like we are finally getting through with mainstream business thinking about the power and the essential nature of reinvention.
First, we got featured in Forbes (say what?!) - which has unceremoniously announced that "Reinvention is THE new game in town":
What is so important and monumental is that this mainstream publication finally gets the key point we are trying to drive home for some time now - that volatility is here to stay and change can no longer be treated as a one-time project:
"Executives in such businesses seeking to improve their chances of survival might do well to study a timely new book by self-styled 'chief reinvention officer' Nadya Zhexembayeva. “How To Thrive In Chaos” is an easily-accessible, large-format book that is subtitled “The chief reinvention officer handbook” and as such is filled with lessons and steps to take to embrace success in an era of change. But perhaps the...
It's hard to believe.
Exactly one year ago, I packed my bag and took a flight to San Francisco for our annual Silicon Valley "let's find the new trends and disruptions before they happen" trip.
Look at me, all smiley at the Plug&Play corporate innovation-meet-start-ups tech center.... not a single mask in sight.
It's been one year. No way. What a year.
Since then we learned a lot. We cried, we laughed, we discovered a ton of songs to sing for 20 seconds while washing our hands. We adapted.
So, it feels like it is crucial for us to pause, take a moment, and capture the enormity of what we lived through and the strength of what we learned.
I will start sharing my lessons here - and invite you to join. If you're part of our private Facebook group, share your lessons here.
In no particular order, what I learned from the year of COVID-19 so far:
LESSON #1: Life is more fragile than we are ready to admit. What we think of as solid and sure and...