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!
Here is our short end-of-year video to get the juices pumping for you--2016 is right around the corner! Why not check out our 8 minute video course 10 Pivots to Juice the New Year that includes voice narration and more teachable moments for you. How do YOU plan to juice the new year in your career, business, or your personal life?
For one day only on November 30, 2015 we're offering a 2:1 gift-a-membership special. Here's how it works. You purchase a membership for yourself at our regular rate of $79 / month and you get a chance to give a 4-month membership gift to anyone you choose with all the benefits of our Seeding Change membership--full access to all our online courses, monthly Training Insights, community forum, and in January 2016 the launch of our newest course.
You may have pulled together a career portfolio in the past, maybe while in college or to land your current job. A solid career portfolio can differentiate you in the marketplace by highlighting your transferable skills and expertise, establish or strengthen your personal brand, and trace your personal development—something that a resume or CV can't fully capture. Entrepreneurial skills will increasingly play a role in differentiating you in the marketplace; helping you land that next job, leadership opportunity, or client. Here are three reasons why you need a portfolio of entrepreneurial skills.
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.
Compassionate accountability. It’s a life challenge for me—what about you? When I’m under the stress of deadlines or I’ve allowed myself to get too hungry or didn’t get enough sleep the night before—pretty much, things that are in my control—what’s at risk of dropping is more than my energy level. In today’s fast-moving, ambiguous, and disruptive business environments of mergers and product innovations, it doesn’t take much of a leap for us to feel the challenges associated with living and modeling Emotional Intelligence while at work and in our personal lives.
How much would you say success in life is due to good timing? You know the adage—right time, right place. Perhaps, you’ve had teachers and bosses who intervened at the right time and inspired you to change your life’s course. Over the years the leaders I’m most grateful for having crossed my paths were those who seemed to instinctively know when I needed them to intervene. Their timing was always impeccable. Intervening at the right time increases the likelihood of your being able to influence someone’s direction, something that they may still be working out in their head.