This Has to Stop

Jul 17, 2020


It's Friday - which means I am a day late with my weekly reinvention article. 


It was marked in my planner and mapped out in my notes, but I finished the workday past mid-night and simply did not have anything left in me to say.

In just 10 days we have to send my new book, The Chief Reinvention Officer Handbook: How to Thrive in Chaos, to the printer.

We also have the new class of the Certified Reinvention Practitioner program working on projects - reinventing their companies, their families, their community non-profits - and with COVID-19 still marching through our lives, that work takes priority.

Plus, there is cooking and cleaning and tending to the family. 


I have plenty of excuses. Still, I am late and feel horrible.

This is not the first time.

Just this past December I was on location with a client and pulled a few all-nighters, ending up in a local hospital missing my plane and getting home late for the holidays.

There were years with vacations missed, birthdays...

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Did Your 2020 Plan Fly Out the Window?

Jul 09, 2020

I am with you. 


My plans, like yours, are out of the window and not coming back.

In fact, the entire planet seems to be in the same boat.

So, how can we navigate the chaos of this year? 
How can we better guide ourselves and our teams in times of change?
Where do all the opportunities lie in the face of uncertainty?

To answer these questions, I sat down with Dr. Patrick Leddin, host of the remarkable Leadership Lab podcast for 30 minutes packed the latest data and insights on how to survive and thrive in chaos:




During this conversation, we went deep - looking at the history of management thought, asking ourselves a fundamental question: what still serves us today, and what must be reinvented if we want to be successful tomorrow?

I would love to hear your answer to this question. What theory, approach, or methodology you'd like to let go moving forward - and what would you like to keep?

What should we hold on to - and what should we let...

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The ONE thing you can do today to reinvent yourself (warning: NO work required)

Jul 02, 2020

It sounds too good to be true. 


A scientific method to reinventing yourself - with no work required. 

But yes, the research is in, all in this 5-minute video:

 

After you watch it, let me know if you decided to trust science - and tried the trick.

 

 

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

Want to join our amazing reinvention community? Grab one of our free resources and you are in: https://www.learn2reinvent.com/freetools

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Three Books I'm Reading This Summer

Jun 25, 2020

 

Summer has finally arrived - but what a special summer it is. 

COVID-19 is still here, the fight for equality is still unfolding, and the International Monetary Fund's World Uncertainty Index has reached it's highest point of the past 60 years.

What are we to do?

My answer? Educate ourselves!


So today I want to share 3 books that are on my desk (nightstand, terrace table) this summer - and invite you to share yours:




Book #1: "Green Swans: The Coming Boom in Regenerative Capitalism" by the amazing John Elkington

Written by the godfather of the sustainability movement and one of my personal heroes, "Green Swans" is a book for pragmatic optimists looking for great examples of capitalism, reinvented.

Building on the concept of "black swans," John Elkington puts forward a beautiful agenda: "If Nassim Nicholas Taleb's "Black Swans" are problems that take us exponentially toward breakdown, then "Green Swans" are solutions that take us exponentially...

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We Are Now Failing 75% of the Time

Jun 18, 2020

 

As the world continues to go through major turbulence, I keep wondering how can we get better at adapting to and managing change.

To help us find the answer to this question, for the last few years, we’ve been conducting a regular global survey.


In 2018, out of over 2,000 participants, 47% reported that in order to survive, they needed to reinvent their businesses every three years or less.

Data from 2020 is still coming in, but the first 500 respondents show that the number has jumped to 58%!

(You can still participate in this SUPER important survey - and I promise to provide fresh data with even more insights.}


That should come as no surprise, given the deep interconnections that come with participating in a global economy.

The World Economic Forum’s 2019 Global Risk Report has mapped out 30 critical risks across five categories — economic, environmental, geopolitical, societal, and technological — and showed...

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Mid-Year Check In

Jun 11, 2020

 

In January we presented you a 2020 reinvention calendar with pragmatic research-driven ideas for using the power of reinvention every single month:




How could we've possibly imagined what 2020 had in store for all of us? 

Nobody could.

Yet, here we are, finding ourselves halfway into the year, wondering how can we make it better. 

Safer. Stronger. More hopeful. More just.


How can we find a new and better version of ourselves - even in the middle of the pandemic, confusion, chaos, and pain?

I don't have an easy answer.

But I still believe those 12 science-based pragmatic non-nonsense reinvention solutions can still serve you, your team, your clients, your community - as you can turn them into strategy sessions, coaching moment, or reinvention labs in no time.

So, we made sure to include links to the background research and free instructional videos to make it work better - and I can't wait to hear what you do with these tools.


What was on the calendar for the...

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What Gives You Hope Today?

Jun 05, 2020


We are a rather international community and often go through very different challenges and face different realities. But today, more than ever, I am reminded of the many philosophers who tell us that there is no "there," only here, and there are no "others," only us.

On Sunday my fellow Kazakhstani spent a day remembering everyone who got killed by the Soviet government - 40% of Kazakh population along with millions of people of every nationality. In the evening, as we reflected around the table on the strengths of our great-grandparents, grandparents, and parents who managed to find a reason to keep pushing even when nothing around gave them that reason, I felt hope.

On Monday I saw that Forbes published an article on reinventing the very essence of economics. Much of the pain our world is experiencing right now comes from the fundamental inequality that is built into many of our theories - economics being the first one. A new effort to fix that is here, and it is...

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Life, Cancer, Death.

May 28, 2020

 

Today feels particularly heavy.

Here, in the US, COVID-19 deaths have surpassed 100,000 mark - all while we are trying to make sense of horrific deaths due to police brutality and racial profiling.

Around the world, questions about the future of humanity continue to emerge with great debates about reinventions of the economy, ecology, society - and at the same time the feeling that we'll waste yet another crisis keeps showing up.

So, as I had a particularly tense morning, my daughter reminded me of my own words delivered 2 years ago at a college graduation ceremony.


"Mom, you shared how much you and our entire family went through in just a few years. Life, cancer, suicide. Change is coming, mom. But you are ready."

So, today I want to share with you (and re-watch myself) those 16 minutes.

Perhaps, they will help me and you get ready to face tomorrow:





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Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva helps companies such as Coca-Cola, Kohler, and IBM turn...

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How Often Should You Reinvent to Survive?

May 21, 2020

 

Last week I invited you to reimagine the very definition of the word "reinvention."

(As a community of reinvention pioneers, we better know the answer - and lead others to it!)

Thanks to a huge wave of answers (and a very heated discussion in our private Facebook group, which you are welcome to join), I have a new multi-faceted definition for you to react to with further edits, critique or support - just hit reply:


But today's topic is not what reinvention is - but when should we reinvent, exactly?

In their book "Stall Points," authors Matthew S. Olson and Derek van Bever show that once a company gets to a major stall in its growth, it has less than a 10% chance of ever fully recovering. 

That means we have to reinvent before that moment arrives - but how do we know when we are about to hit?

For a few years, I've been searching for an answer to this question with no result.


So, in 2018 my team and I decided to start our own research -...

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What is Reinvention? Help Us Come Up With a New Definition 🚀

May 14, 2020


As COVID-19 continues to demand a new way of living, working, and evolving, reinvention seems to be all the rage.

Articles are suddenly asking for reinvention advice. Amazing management thinkers are hosting podcasts on reinvention. We get more interview requests and have shared the tools of reinvention with more students than ever before.


But what is reinvention, exactly?

Two years ago (when our global community was much smaller), I asked this exact question to many of you - and with many debates and iterations, you helped me develop this definition: 




As our tools grew and practice in real-life companies, communities, and non-profit organizations multiplied, it became clear that reinvention is about a system that can sustain constant change:




And now I ask for the power of collective intellect once again. What definition of reinvention would you give?

What kind of vision of reinvention would be most useful right now?
What kind of concept can we bring to the world to...

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