It's hard to believe.
But the very last day of 2019 is here.
What a year it has been!!!
86,191+ of you took the leap and decided to up-level your reinvention skills via workshops, talks, reinvention labs and more all over the world.
Thank you for being the global force that you are!
Amazing courageous pioneering professionals from Slovenia, South Africa, Macedonia, Mexico, Canada, and the US decided to take on the Chief Reinvention Officer title.
Some changed their organizations to make room for this new role. Some just woke up one day and said: this is it, this is the title I give myself.
Either way, it works.
Thank you for showing the rest of us the way forward!
More than 28 countries (yes, we miss you on this image, Macedonia!) over 6 continents became part of our reinvention planet.
Thank you for making this particular way of living and working THE foundational literacy skill of the 21st century!
And now it's time to dream big. As we are entering into the 2020s, what do you...
My dear reinventor, it's time.
The holiday season is here - and it's time to make this time truly meaningful.
But the question is: what does that mean for you?
I have lived on so many continents and with so many cultures that no one way to celebrate (or even one date) seems good enough.
Some of us have already put "away from the office" auto-response for our emails.
Others are still setting up business meetings for the upcoming week.
Some of us have packed tons of presents under a lit tree.
Others choose to keep the house clean and give each other time.
Some love loud parties and make long menu lists.
Others prefer time alone, filled with slow thinking and fragrant tea.
And that, perhaps, is the greatest gift of this season: a choice.
You are free to choose how to make it right for you.
Powerful for you.
Meaningful for you.
You get to let go of holiday traditions that no longer serve you - and protect the ones that give you light.
That is my...
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...
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.
Our team at Chief Reinvention Officer had a big September.
First, I made a trip around the world (Columbus - Toronto - Frankfurt - Nur Sultan - Seoul - Vancouver - Chicago - Columbus.... Even typing it up makes me dizzy!)
Then we launched the Fall 2019 Class of our foundations-of-reinvention course. (All those emails. Yes, we are done. Back to weekly articles!)
Then we started our own company reinvention - our quest for better team flow, better tech, better value for all of you...
So, when the idea came up to hold our next big strategic discussion while taking a walk at a beautiful park, I jumped.
What can be better than talking about letting go of no-longer-useful ideas while watching the trees letting go of their leaves?!
So, here we were, turning a corner of the park, talking about our mission - about the shift required in how we manage our organizations to meet the challenges of speed and uncertainty.
I am in my normal all-knowing preachy self, talking a lot.