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...
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?
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...
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...
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:
Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva helps companies such as Coca-Cola, Kohler, and IBM turn...
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 -...
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...
This month the inaugural class of Certified Reinvention Practitioners will be hosting a series of free LIVE sessions covering a wide range of reinvention topics.
We call this fantastic journey our Reinvention Booster Series - with no registration required as all sessions are held inside our private Facebook group, Reinvention Society.
Best of all: the very first session is happening today!
Here is the schedule and topics for you to mark your calendars:
Thursday, May 7th, at 2 pm US est:
"Why We Need Disruption" by Gary Graham (South Africa)
Saturday, May 9th, at 10 am US est:
"Reinventing to Create Enduring Value" by Jim Merhaut (USA)
Tuesday, May 12th, at 12 pm US est:
"My 3 Reinvention Essentials" by Ina Kukovic Borovnik (Slovenia)
Wednesday, May 13th, at 3 pm US est:
"Getting Over the Fear of Reinvention" by Sonia Di Maulo (Canada)
Friday, May 15th, at 2 pm US est:
"Reinventing Management Systems" by ...
If one thing is clear as we are all working on the effects of COVID-19 is that reinvention is all around us.
And for the part 5+ yeast, we've been getting ready. Even more so in the last year.
In 2019 we've launched our Certificate Programs - first, we've graduated the pilot class of the Certified Reinvention Practitioner program, and then started the pilot class of the Certified Reinvention Coach program.
Our inaugural class of Certified Reinvention Practitioners is an amazing group of consultants and executives from Slovenia, South Africa, Kazakhstan, Mexico, Canada, and the US. Everyone who's graduated has seen a tremendous change in their lives - personally and professionally - and their experience and hard work laid a foundation for a brand new profession: reinvention.
Now (with tons of urging from the global reinvention community), we are ready to run our second Certified Reinvention Practitioner Program!!!
But here is a catch.
Not every workbook will be...
I am sure you've experienced this before.
It was perhaps a very ordinary day.
A perfectly usual moment in time.
A decision made in passing, nearly by accident.
And yet, something monumental happened.
The world shifted. And looking back, you can trace it all to that very moment.
For me, the last time it happened was on October 29th, 2019.
In between intense meetings and packing for yet another trans-Atlantic flight, I wrote a quick email and hit sent.
And a new profession was born.
9 people decided to join our very first, pilot Certified Practitioner Program.
There were no pre-recordings. No clear structure. Not even a webpage.
Only blind trust that together we'll allow the art and science of reinvention to emerge - and commitment to fight against the urge for quick fixes, easy answers, and template solutions.
Together, we've developed new tools. Started new projects. Went through incredible personal and professional losses. Recorded many wins.
It's Thursday - time for my traditional Reinvention Weekly.
I am supposed to say something bright, or informative, or useful - or share some big news.
My team has prepared all kinds of great things for me to share.
There is only one problem.
I don't feel it.
I am staring at my computer screen for more than an hour feeling this mix of sadness and joy and despair and inspiration, trying to find something useful to say.
Something that would worth you opening this email.
Something that gives more than it takes.
Something that matters.
And if I am truly honest to myself, there is only one thing.
Thank you for showing up. For trying. For crushing it. For failing.
Thank you for looking uncertainty straight into the eyes - and still going on.
Thank you for being human.
Thank you for giving yourself a break - and letting others do the same.
Thank you for sewing masks, pivoting your business, showing up to exhausting Zooms, posting inspiring stories, messaging me those...