Self-reinventions present you with a number of benefits, the obvious one being a transformative you. But contrary to what many people believe, transformation doesn't happen by chance just because you decide to change jobs or leave a career to start-up your own micro-business or even a start-up. A good rule of thumb is that the greater the change the earlier you'll want to begin the process of stress testing your systems before launching the new Product of You. So, what types of changes might require less time and where would you want to introduce longer lead times? Consider the following when pulling together your transformation strategies.
What a difference a year makes. During a CES 2015 panel John Chambers, former Cisco CEO, made the following statement: "You either disrupt your industry, disrupt yourself, or become a victim of disruption," he said. A few months later, Chambers announced his succession hand-off to Chuck Robbins, a long-time Cisco insider who had led its worldwide field operations as senior VP before being handed the CEO reins.
Throughout 2015 I've mentored four professionals from different generations who also happen to hail from different parts of the U.S. and who all have one thing in common: loss of employment earlier in the year. Either by choice or by necessity they've taken time off from aggressively pursuing a new job, using this time to reflect and consciously decide on their next career move. It's become a gap year of sorts for them, and for one person in particular, it's also turned into a walkabout adventure traveling across the U.S.
I published an end-of-year Facebook post about catching up with Rich Goldman, one of the thought leaders in Innovation in a Reinvented World, and who provides readers with insight and experience representative of Essential Element #2: Entrepreneurship. It was fun catching up with Rich again after four years and another reinvention for him!
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How many of you wear (or have worn) badges peppered with words and phrases representative of your company's core values? Have you internalized these core values and model them at work? Are they even meaningful to you? And did you receive training on how to translate these values into everyday behavior? Far too often companies build their cultures around value words, which by themselves mean little to their employees or contingent workers.
Employee retention is one of those things that keeps talent managers and leadership teams awake at night. And for good reason. The other day I caught a SiliconBeat article about tech worker unhappiness despite the wage and hiring boom we’re experiencing in Santa Clara County—the strongest job market in the nation—with San Francisco-San Mateo area the fifth-strongest. Cities still struggling with unemployment and under-employment might think us spoiled and entitled, but if you scratch the surface and explore why tech workers are feeling restless these days, it might reflect a canary in the coal mine for non-tech workers as well. Among the key findings of the TINYpulse survey of 5,000 tech workers:
I was reminded of my 15-day rule for moving beyond setbacks from a former conference attendee who now uses this process for managing her perfectionist tendencies. She credits it for helping her to release, learn, and get closure on the emotional aspects of professional setbacks (it has always served me well). So, I thought this might be a good time to review the original post and convert it to an infographic.
I was reminded of the power of mindful change as an element of personal and professional growth as I was putting the finishing touches on a presentation for an upcoming reinvention program. I was thrown a personal “curveball”, a baseball term for those unfamiliar with American sports, adding another layer of complexity to the reinvention work that I'm helping others with, along with my own reinvention cycle (you might remember that I’m a two-year “marker” person—my Optimum Change Cycle is two years—which means that I begin the reinvention process half-way through my OCC). The practical aspects of mindful change hit home with all the cha-cha-changes going on!
People often ask me why I treat a personal or career reinvention like a project. But did you know that by doing so you are 90 percent more likely to reach (or exceed) your goal? This is why Project Managers typically make top notch “reinventionists” once they learn the how of my reinvention model—it becomes an on-demand process for them when they know the optimum time to change.