I shook my head when I saw the calendar the other day.
“How in the world has it been a year already?! Seems like I was just putting final edits on my new and completely reinvented digital book "Titanic Syndrome: Why Companies Sink and How to Reinvent Your Way Out of Any Business Disaster," then — BAM. We’re celebrating ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY!
And today, to celebrate this ONE-YEAR ANNIVERSARY:
1. We are releasing the 5th edition of the book which you can buy along with other editions for just $1 during the next 10 days:
2. We are making it easy for you to buy this book as a gift - with the exact same offer of only $1 during the next 10 days you can buy this book for someone else:
So often I hear that reinvention is not practical.
It's just too out there.
We have KPIs to reach - and with reinvention, there is no guarantee of tangible results.
It's a nice-to-have, but not a must-have.
It's just too abstract.
What does it even mean?!?!?
So, let me tell you what it means for me, personally, today.
I am typing these words at 3:34 am on a location with a difficult client.
I just got back to my hotel room from the office.
I want to sleep.
But I am in the middle of an intensely-lit city.
And the sun is coming up soon as well.
What a girl to do?
Introducing my personal reinvention hero:
A coat hanger. Yes. A hanger.
Reinvention is not just a mindset or a skill-set, it's a way of looking at the world and a way of living in this world.
And once you invite reinvention into your life, you discover the beautiful freedom of endless versions of the same item, product, company, community, career.
It may come in a form of a turnaround of a multi-billion dollar client - or in a fresh...
Last week, I asked for your help with the naming of one of the mindsets we've been exploring as a global reinvention community - and the wave of responses have been incredibly moving.
Thank you for all the amazing feedback!
We've got everything from 'conservative' to 'unflexible' to "I've always done it this way" mindset - and a few thoughtful invitations not to demonize that particular way of looking at the world.
This week, we start a month-long celebration of the 1-year anniversary of the launch of our living, ever-evolving, crowd-written, community-tested reinvented digital book.
"Titanic Syndrome: Why Companies Sink and How to Reinvent Your Way Out of Any Business Disaster" broke many conventions.
It is filled with tools.
It has a LOT of illustrations (who said pictures are for kids only???).
It is co-created by our global reinvention community.
In just a few weeks we'll release the 5th (!!!) edition of the book in just 12 months.
I am sure you heard this phrase somewhere.
Perhaps, in a strange-looking yoga magazine.
Perhaps, in a shiny Hollywood movie.
Perhaps, some podcast on spiritual matters or Vudu magic was playing on the background.
But at risk of losing all my academic and sound data-loving-businesswoman credibility, let me use this phrase as well.
Thoughts create reality.
Now that the hard part is out of the way, let me explain what I mean.
(No, no witchcraft spells will be dropped here, it's much more straightforward than that.)
Our thoughts - the fundamental believes we have about something - define how we behave, make decisions, allocate resources.
Take, for example, our thoughts and believes about change.
If you believe that change happens rarely, you will act very differently than if you believe that change is a regular event - just as if you believe that snow happens every 50 years, you will act very differently than if you think it comes every winter.
If snow (and...
I am sitting in my dark cozy room in Fontainebleau, France, drinking tea, coughing like crazy (I've been on a road and rather sick), and thinking of you.
Most likely you and I've never met.
Most likely you are one of those amazing people who connected online and decided to stay around.
So, I don't have the luxury of knowing your story, learning from you, seeing you laugh out loud.
Scientists still don't really understand why being connected to others makes such a difference to human beings.
After all, it's a dog eat dog world and survival of the fittest (especially when we do come from different tribes) should make competition - not cooperation - the best biological weapon.
Yet, a 2011 study shoes that positive social relationships awake the neurobiological endogenous opioid system (that stuff in our brains that literally works like opium).
In 2015 researchers discovered that connecting to others prevents heart...
How is your week going so far?
For me, it's a busy flying-through-3-countries kind of week, 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?"
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.
Last week we ran a short poll on our social media channels asking people what's the number #1 reason people resist change in their companies.
We gave 5 options:
1. The risk of change is seen as greater than the risk of standing still
2. People feel overloaded and overwhelmed
3. People fear they lack the competence to change - or to survive in new reality after the change is...
It's 1947, and in the small town of Marion, Virginia at the Harwood Manufacturing Corporation' pajama factory, a bit of magic is taking place.
All workers are divided into 4 very similar groups and are asked to change the way they do things.
The changes are minor - for example (and yes, this is a real case), folding pajamas into a box, rather than on top of a flat piece of cardboard.
Yet, Group One becomes extremely aggressive towards management, sees 17% quits in the first 40 days, while productivity drops immediately to about two-thirds of its historic output rate - staying at the new low level for 30 days after the change is introduced.
Group Two loses the productivity a bit right after the change is made - but then quickly recovers. There're no quits in the first 40 days and only one act of aggression against the supervisors.
But the real miracle takes place in Groups Three and Four.
"After a slight drop on the first day...
It's nearly embarrassing to admit, but yes, I have delivered four different TEDx talks.
[Clearly, it's some form of addiction.]
My very first talk was for TEDxLjubljana nearly a decade ago.
The TEDx community was just getting started, and there were barely any people in the room.
I prepared a powerpoint that did not look good on video.
So, it was a waste for everyone involved - and I learned that form, not only content, matters.
The second talk was with TEDxKlagenfurt.
I got so excited that I ran out of time.
The talk literally sped up like a bad cartoon at the end - and I learned that less is more.
The third talk was for TEDxNavesink.
The team worked so hard to get us all ready and truly prepped.
The day of the event I had an insane fever, my skirt kept making it hard to walk, and I re-did the slides the morning of the event.
Perhaps because I was miserable and sick - or because my AMAZING coaches kept nudging me on - but in the...
It’s time for some real talk.
But first, let me set the stage.
I first asked this question during an Executive MBA course I was teaching about a decade ago.
The room was filled with experienced professions who really had some mileage behind them.
So, imagine my surprise, when my question was met with absolute I-don’t-know-what-to-say silence.
No, I was not asking about anything private, weird, or inappropriate.
All I asked was this:
What value have you created last week?
Not your company. Not your business unit. You.
Simple question, right?
So it’s so remarkable how many of us have trouble with the answer.
We adore our product and services, we love or hate our processes, we celebrate or cry over our financial results… But value… That seems very abstract.
Yet, without a real grasp of value creation, reinvention is not possible – it’s all about new and improved ways of creating value.
I still remember the first time I heard of “writer’s block” – that sticky gloomy moment when a writer loses the creative spark and keeps staring at the blank page with no words coming out.
I was writing my second book.
Nothing was coming out.
And I just wanted to figure out what in a world was wrong with me.
(Nothing. It’s normal. Happens to everyone).
Well, these days writer’s block is not my issue – but reinventor’s block is.
Occasionally I simply get stuck.
No new reinvention ideas.
No juicy brainstorms.
(For a person who makes money reinventing, that’s a MAJOR issue).
Luckily, after a few rounds of reinventor’s block, I discovered an easy fix: get inspired.
See fresh reinvention ideas.
Review the stories you already know.
Get energized by other’s ability to re-think, re-new, re-build.
And your inner-reinventor will definitely wake up.
So, just in case you are...