Three podcast episodes to pay attention to right now

May 07, 2021

 

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:

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Yes, it is incredibly lonely.

Apr 30, 2021

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...

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Reinvention in my grocery store? 🤷🏻‍♀️

Apr 23, 2021

 

I love love love finding a good reinvention story. I hunt for them everywhere: in books, articles, at professional conferences. I roam social media searching for them with the tenacity of Indiana Jones in pursuit of ancient treasures.


So, imagine how excited I was to find a reinvention story in a grocery aisle while shopping for toothpaste.


Behold, a reinvented deodorant!

 

 

Here's what's new: traditional deodorants are packaged in a single-use plastic, which goes to the trash at the end of use.

The new reinvented deodorant comes with a stainless steel case, which you can use your entire life with different refills - the refills are packaged in recycled plastic.

Essentially, this turns your deodorant into a subscription - increasing consumer loyalty while offering new value to the consumers looking to limit their ecological footprint.

This kind of plus-plus solution is exactly what makes for a...

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Taking a shower 🛁

Apr 16, 2021

 

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...

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How to leverage chaos as a competitive advantage

Apr 13, 2021

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?

I believe that to conquer chaos, you must first understand what it is. And here is my take on this difficult issue: chaos is not an absence of order. It's a presence of more than one order.

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.

 

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Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva helps companies such as Coca-Cola, Kohler, and IBM turn change and disruption into an opportunity.

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Call me

Apr 02, 2021

Here is the deal: it’s not that easy to surprise me.

No, I have not seen everything there is to see on Planet Earth. 

I have never been to Australia.
I was spared from war and violence.
I don’t know what dragon fruit tastes like (to be honest, it kind of freaks me out).

But after living on three continents in two different political systems, working with countless organizations doing what I do, getting me genuinely amazed is not an easy task.


However, when the Managing Director of a successful 14-year-old consulting company announced that he quit and took on a whole new never-before role barely 2 weeks into our reinvention course, I was seriously surprised:



What surprised me was not the intellectual reasoning behind this decision. After all, I have been championing
 the idea that every organization needs a Chief Reinvention Officer for a good half-of-a-decade.

[My logic is simple: many years ago when the speed of change was bearable, when the volatility and...

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We are not stupid. Nor scared. We are just tired.

Mar 26, 2021

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.

But wherever I turn lately, wherever I speak on reinvention, or work with a company on their turn-around, I get the same question...


"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.

There is no one answer to this question - there are many custom-made answers for many different reasons why people resist change.

 

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.

We gave 5 options:

1. The...

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The new game in town?

Mar 19, 2021

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...

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He said what?!?

Mar 12, 2021

It happens to nearly every generation.

Professions disappear, skills become irrelevant, entire industries grow obsolete (remember, just a few generations ago jobs such as an "elevator operator," a "human computer," and a "town crier" were a real thing).

Yet, it rarely happens as fast and furious as it's happening now. 

This Oxford University study suggests that about 47% of jobs in the US alone will disappear due to automation. Gartner research shows that organizations are now listing about 33% more skills on job ads in 2020 than they did in 2017. The Financial Times suggests we should plan for fiver careers (not jobs, full on careers!) in our lifetime, adding a powerful punchline "Work is impermanent - reinvention is rational":



The message is clear: reinvent or get out of the game. Yet, how many schools, universities, or Executive Education institutions do you know that are taking this need seriously? 

There are almost none. Reinvention is still a...

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7 lessons I learned from a year of COVID

Mar 05, 2021

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...

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