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...
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.
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:
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I am often asked why I decided to focus on reinvention.
There are so many other options to choose from.
Topics to research. Projects to complete. Impact to make.
In fact, only 5 years ago the word reinvention was not even in my vocabulary.
I was running a crisis management company while teaching business and non-profit leaders how to survive and thrive.
Between intense boardrooms and exhausting classrooms, I felt like a total failure. No matter how much effort was spent on putting out fires, there always seem to be another one on the horizon. And growing.
And one day I had an aha moment.
I admitted to myself that my glorious (and very lucrative) business was not that glorious.
I was treating symptoms - rather than going after root causes.
I was "fishing" for others - rather than teaching them how to fish.
And since our Volatile, Uncertain, Complex, and Ambiguous (VUCA) world was getting crazier by the minute (recessions, new competition, new customer expectations, new...
I don't know how you like to spend the very first day of the New Year, but for me, it's always a good work day.
The party is over, the guests are sleeping, the team is on a break.
It's the perfect time to take on those less-than-enjoyable tasks postponed for days (or, if we are honest, weeks) and screaming for attention.
This January, my first day of the year was spent convincing a CEO of a multi-billion-dollar company to explore his beliefs.
You see, this amazing (and very successful) business leader had asked my opinion on a new initiative.
The proposal was solid, the arguments were iron-clad, and the need for this solution was really big.
The problem, however, was that we've been there, done that already.
This was exactly the 5th attempt to create a solid change implementation platform - and all other attempts have already failed.
They did not fail because of bad ideas. Or bad management. Or bad data.
They failed because the CEO did not believe in...
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.