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.