As COVID-19 continues to invite change and disruption into our world, I send you and yours my warmest regards.
Here, in our virtual reinvention land, we continue to work on REINVENTION SUMMIT replays with Day 6 still to be produced - soon, I promise. Internet troubles botched the recording for Day 3, but 4 full days of recordings and materials are waiting for you here>>>
A surprising and ironic thing happened to me while working on the SUMMIT, but first I need to give you a background story.
For many years, our global tribe has been working on bringing mindset, toolset, and skillset of reinvention to the masses.
In 2019 alone, we served more than 86,000 people with mostly free materials, articles, videos, workshops, and reinvention labs - and made a huge effort to bring a tool-filled accessible filled-tested book to the masses.
The problem? Nobody wanted to publish our book.
Time after time, we got the same response: that reinvention is...
No matter where you are right now and how the new COVID-19 reality looks like for you, I am sending you my warmest wishes.
This is not a sprint - this transformation we are all experiencing is a marathon.
So, my big hope is that you're taking care of yourself and your community - and giving yourself permission to grieve, to appreciate, to discover (and to occasionally skip some of those Zoom-Skype-WhatsApp-Hangout meetings that seem to multiply at the exponential rate)!
Here, in the reinvention-land, things have been incredibly busy.
We've run a 2-week free Reinvention Summit, organized a 2-day reinvention bootcamp for 200+ entrepreneurs in crisis, and provided countless hours of coaching for companies in need.
We are still producing the videos and putting together resources from the Summit for all of you to use (no email or login needed) - most of the talks are now ready for you to watch here>>
But to make your life easier (as there are...
There is no question that COVID-19 is a major disruption for all of us.
The level of uncertainty is through the roof.
And if you are anything like me, you got plenty of data, articles, and insights on what's going on with the virus and its many impacts on our lives.
So, today, I don't want to speak about the virus itself - but instead share nine COVID-19 reinvention stories to give us a chance to breathe in, get some hope, and even an occasional smile.
So, what amazing reinvention are happening today?
#1 In France, the luxury conglomerate LVMH—which owns Louis Vuitton, Christian Dior, and Celine - now produces free hand sanitizer for hospitals that desperately need it:
#2 In Ireland, the country’s health regulatory body is now testing the 3D-printed ventilator that came from an open innovation project that only took 1 week to develop a prototype:
#3 In Germany, Audi has made a...
Last Wednesday, in the middle of a canceled flight, I got an idea to host a free virtual pop-up REINVENTION SUMMIT.
This week we are about to start Day 3 - and finalizing Week 2.
We opened up with an idea that COVID-19 is another reminder that "black swans" - a metaphor used to describe rare and improbable disruptions - are everywhere, showing up in flocks:
We also explored a pragmatic exercise you can do TODAY to coach your team, your clients, or your kids how to use fear as a productive resource - and you can watch the video and download the worksheet (no email needed) here>>
My dear friend and change extraordinaire Dr. Lindsey Godwin spent time with us diving deep into the power of Appreciative Inquiry to survive and thrive in crisis:
You can watch that inspiring talk here>>
Aidan McCullen shared a story of a burning phoenix as a symbol of constant reinvention - his talk will be available soon.
The amazing tribe...
Crisis is in the air.
Coronavirus is raging, the market is crashing, oil prices crash means the entire countries are now on a verge of bankruptcy.
What are we to do?
In the last few days, I got calls from 3 different CEOs from very different countries, industries, and environments, all asking me the same question.
"What should I say? I don't know what to do yet, it's too uncertain, so what should I say to my people, my investors, my partners?"
Hearing this question brought me right back to 2015.
I was working with a company in crisis trying to survive while the whole industry was struggling.
Amidst sleepless nights and intense projects, I noticed one peculiar thing.
He was (and still is) a very bright, kind, and effective person.
But here, he would consistently raise his voice and become agitated and unproductive with seemingly reasonable questions and requests.
So, I asked him what's up.
"I don't know what to do. I don't know what to tell them when they all come to me...
We barely made it through 2 months of the New Year, and so far we've:
It's safe to say that disruptions are here to stay - not as a one-time event, a project we can manage and move on - but as a new standard feature of our modern world.
Now, what are we to do to get ourselves comfortable with this ever-growing uncertainty and volatility?
Here are four places to start:
#1: First and foremost, it's about getting ourselves used to discomfort and experimentation.
Talking to people you don't normally talk to, read news from new sources you don't normally read, get to places you don't usually show up at.
Make it a part of your weekly routine - and challenge your...
I have always loved the word "innovation."
I love its power, its energy, its promises.
I love what this word can bring to the world, to our organizations, to our lives.
So, imagine my shock when I discovered that this word means something very different to the vast majority of employees on planet Earth.
It took me a while to get over myself and stop pedaling this word over and over again.
All I needed to do is a touch of compassion - and putting my audience (and not myself and my "perfect" opinions) at the center of attention.
And that's exactly what my latest article is about - published by Harvard Business Review:
I hope it can serve as a catalyst for some much-needed conversations with your colleagues or clients - and I would love to get your feedback (good, bad, or ugly).
It's hard to believe that one word can make a difference.
I hope the research and the examples I offered in this article will convince you otherwise.
Today could not be more surreal.
It started with taking my daughter to an Emergency Room after nine rounds of vomiting all over our house.
I only thought that happens in movies - and with my husband over in Europe taking care of his mom after two consecutive heart attacks, it was just the two of us amidst the mess and confusion and puke.
(Don't worry, she is much better now, I have proof...)
Then the news came out.
Pier 1, a US-based publicly-traded retailer has filed for bankruptcy, confirming it will fire 40% of headquarters staff and close as many as 450 stores.
There are new floods and new storms with lives lost.
There's a new humanitarian crisis for displaced Syrians caught in the battle for Idlib (and we are so used to this war, it doesn't even make the main page anymore).
And then I had a call with a client.
Amidst the Coronavirus, the company has moved into full crisis management - and give it another month or two, it will reach the...
Here is the deal: it’s not that easy to surprise me.
No, I have not seen everything there is to see on Planet Earth.
I have never been to Australia.
I was spared from war and violence.
I don’t know what dragon fruit tastes like (to be honest, it kind of freaks me out).
But after living on three continents in two different political systems, working with countless organizations doing what I do, getting me genuinely amazed is not an easy task.
However, when the Managing Director of a successful 14-year-old consulting company announced that he quit and took on a whole new never-before role barely 2 weeks into our reinvention course, I was seriously surprised:
What surprised me was not the intellectual reasoning behind this decision. After all, I have been championing the idea that every organization needs a Chief Reinvention Officer for a good half-of-a-decade.
[My logic is simple: many years ago when the speed of change was bearable, when the volatility...
Our 2020 Reinvention FEST is in full swing.
We got 134 scholarship applications (announcing the 5 winners soon), hosted our January Reinvention Happy Hour, got together with our Reinvention Academy alumni for a high-energy reunion (you guys are really smashing it!), and gave new interviews for super-cool podcasts (such as The Fearless & Successful, which you can catch here).
And the best of the FEST is yet to come: starting this Thursday, we are hosting a series of live (free and online) Masterclasses jam-packed with tested easy-to-implement solutions.
But before we dive in the what and the how of reinvention at those hour-long Masterclasses, it's crucial that we speak about the why.
Why does it matter?
That was exactly the question recently asked by the wonderful editors of the Higher Education Digest - and I am certain this 5-minute read will open some good conversation here:
(Zoom on the images or download...