Have you ever felt completely overwhelmed, perhaps incapacitated by change coming into your life?
Sometimes it is a fundamental, truly remarkable change – perhaps, an unfortunate diagnosis in the family, a new competitor in your industry that threatens destruction of your entire business, or the collapse of an entire country.
It could also be a much smaller change – such as a new coworker who kinda drives you crazy or maybe there is a construction on the road towards work which makes the commute more difficult. Whatever you are facing right now, here’s the news: you are not alone.
Change today is happening at an extremely accelerating pace. Never before we have seen such speed and such scale of change. Just as we climb out of one crisis, just as we get back on our feet, just as we reconnect to reality, we are knocked down again. Again, and again, change is coming to our lives. And that’s where the Chief Reinvention Officer comes under the spotlight – to provide every one of us the tools, the knowledge, the resource, and support, all too necessary to enable us to ride the wave of change than rather be crashed from it.
Now, where did the Chief Reinvention Officer appeared in the first place?
As it often happens, this emerging community of reinventors starts with a personal story. I am a recovering academic, and it was in academic circles where my most recent reinvention story begins. Like any addiction, academia never really stops – you keep researching and teaching no matter what career path you take.
I used to be a professor of strategy and change management and I worked for many years in executive education which means working with people who have a lot of experience, real leaders executives who came to study change, strategy, and leadership along with me.
However, one day, one of my students dared me, saying, everything you say here sounds amazing. It’s exciting, it’s new, but here’s the problem, it’s all theory. I have no clue whether everything you share here has been ever tested in real life. So do you dare to come into a real company and walk the talk?
That was the moment when I got hooked, my pride was on the line, and I co-founded a company that is celebrating ten years this summer: a reinvention agency that works with corporations big or small, sometimes with government and individuals, too – helping them reinvent their lives, their businesses, and their realities.
What happened some three years ago was that our company got completely overbooked. We had so much more demand than our capacity that for the past years we had to routinely say “no” to an absolute majority of requests. Clearly, there was a real need for reinvention skills, tools, and support around the world – but how could we provide it to everyone who needs it? What if we started a new media platform – where everyone can get free reinvention insights, share their challenges, and get other reinventors to help out? Welcome to Chief Reinvention Officer!
Imagine a world where reinvention is a habit
Need few more reasons why reinvention is so important? Here’s a thing or two.
What is different about Chief Reinvention Officer method is that we do not use one theory or one tool – it is all about integration. The Chief Reinvention Officer aims to connect the best of strategy, the best of change management, we mix in and sprinkle around a lot of work from innovation, creative leadership, and design thinking. Sometimes we utilize the methods from the start-up or tech world – lean startup, SCRUM, agile approach all have been used in our project. Add it all to the mix!
It is all about integrative, holistic approach to reinvention.
Last but not least, imagine – what if every company in the world had a successful Chief Reinvention Officer and every country in the world introducing a Ministry of Reinvention. What would our world look like if reinvention is a habit? What would your life and career look like?
If you are the kind of person who shares this vision and want to get even better at reinvention, make sure you sign up, became part of this initiative, and take the first request from us – under this blog and video, make sure you post about your challenge, your difficulty, your personal question about facing change successfully.
What is your biggest reinvention challenge?
We will do our best to help respond to your question and support you in your challenge – and invite you to help your fellow reinventors.
Welcome to Chief Reinvention Officer – we are so happy to have you!!