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...
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...