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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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 🚀

 

 

The...

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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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