Finishing the year strong? Yes please!

Dec 18, 2020

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.

To help you with this task (and to show the incredible appreciation I have for this powerful community), I hosted a 3-part mini-course - to explore the 3 critical shifts you need to make to boost your reinvention capacity and get ready for 2021 🚀




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Germany, Australia, South Africa, Romania, Sweden...

Dec 12, 2020

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,...

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Three facts you must know about 2020 to thrive in 2021

Dec 04, 2020

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%.

The median fell at precisely 3 years – the speed we have not seen in data before!


2. There is a much greater need for...

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Thank you.

Nov 26, 2020

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:

  1. Air.
  2. The way my daughters' apple pie tastes right out of the oven.
  3. Arranging flowers on my kitchen table.
  4. Reading a random, no-matter-how-small reinvention story on Facebook - and sharing it.
  5. Laughing...
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Why I have a personal Advisory Board - and so should you

Nov 20, 2020

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...

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The biggest mistake when dealing with crises 🧐

Nov 13, 2020

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...

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Oh my goodness!

Oct 29, 2020

"The Chief Reinvention Officer Handbook: How to Thrive in Chaos" is finally here!!!

This book has been a labor of love of more than 3,000 people - and today I want to say a huge thank you to everyone who tested the tools, participated in the research, debated the wording, and made this book a true transformative experience we all need right now.

My dear Reinvention Tribe, THANK YOU. Your rock!

So, how do we celebrate? How do we share these ideas with the world? How do we make a real difference?

From the beginning, we agreed: this is so much more than a book. 

Chief Reinvention Officer is a mindset, a method, and a movement.

2020 has proven to all of us how much this movement is needed in the world filled with volatility, uncertainty, and constant crisis.

We don't know what 2021 will bring. One thing, however, is certain: disruption is here to stay.

Imagine what our world can do if we enter 2021 with 100,000 people ready and able to face any crisis - and turn it...

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You're trying hard but getting a ton of resistance. Now what?

Oct 15, 2020

You're working hard - trying to change things, improve things, move forward.

You have a solid idea, did your homework, and you know it will work.

You try.


But all you are getting back is resistance.

Your team, bosses, or clients are simply not interested in "rocking the boat."

You are stuck in inertia.

You are a victim of "we've always done it this way."

Because That's How We've Always Done It' Will Kill Your Employee's Creativity and Your Company | by Patrick Kelly | Medium


Now what?

In my role as a consultant, teacher, and the head of transformation for a global 85-people metal and mining company, I faced this challenge again and again in many different forms.

Sometimes it comes as vocal opposition - and sometimes hides as silent sabotage.

I even had an engineer asking me once publicly at a meeting "Are you smoking something at the ExCom?"


So, I had to get good at resistance to change - and now I want to share pragmatic strategies that turn resistance into buy-in with you.

To do so, on Wednesday, October 21st, 2020 from 3-5 pm US EST we are hosting a live...

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Stop. Calling. Everything. Innovation.

Oct 08, 2020

I hope your October is going well - and you are entering the last quarter of this very challenging year.

This has been a year of sudden stops - and sad endings.


But there is also no question that this year has also been a year of many new beginnings.

If we want to find our way forward, if we want to adapt, to pivot, to survive and thrive in change, we have to find new answers, new solutions, new approaches.


The problem? People hate new things.

A 2010 study, for example, found that the longer something is thought to exist, the better it is evaluated, whether we talk about university requirements, art, acupuncture, or food.

Dr. Heidi Grant Halvorson writes: “People who saw a painting described as having been painted in 1905 found it far more pleasing to look at than people who saw the same painting described as created in 2005.

Students preferred the course requirement described as the status quo over a new version regardless of whether the new version meant...

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Reinvention vs Kim Kardashian

Oct 01, 2020

I am sure you know the feeling.

You've been working on something for a long time.

You gave it your all: blood, sweat, tears (and an occasional family fight over the sleepless nights).

It's time to launch.

And... it does not fly.


That was one of the most memorable moments of my past 10 years.

In 2014, I was working on a new book: aimed at dealing with resource depletion and reinventing the way we work so that our companies are more sustainable and flourishing at the same time.

The day my book launched was the day Kim Kardashian released her book of selfies, called "Selfish."

Guess which book did better with the readers...)))


In just a few weeks, my new book "The Chief Reinvention Officer Handbook: How to Thrive in Chaos" will be published - and I am very worried.

On one hand, it's painfully clear that the world is in desperate need of reinvention - and much of the struggles we are in are here because people simply don't know how to change.

So, this new book can...

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