Issue 128 - 02 | Built to Reinvent: The Ten Commandments of Today’s Sustainable Company

By Nadya Zhexembayeva
Published April 15, 2015 8:00 a.m.
“Ask any manager on planet Earth, ‘What is your key challenge?’ and among many different responses one will strike you with remarkable consistency: Staying afloat. The fast-moving roller-coaster economy we live in today makes this task increasingly difficult. Just as we handle one crisis, another looms around the corner. How can we sustain—and even thrive?

The answer is the one you’ve heard before: We must consistently remake who we are, what we offer, and how we deliver our offerings to the world. Put it simply, we must reinvent.

What you may not have heard before is this: Today, the frequency with which our reinvention must take place is staggering. Essentially, we must become a new company every three years.

In fact, we must reinvent so frequently and so radically that the traditional roles and processes inside of an organization cannot keep up. It’s time to make reinvention into its own profession. The Ten Commandments are here to help you with this task. Spoiler alert: all hail the Chief Reinvention Officer!”

About Nadya Zhexembayeva | Dr. Nadya Zhexembayeva is a business owner, educator, speaker and author, specializing on reinvention. Nadya helped such companies as The Coca-Cola Company, ERG (formerly ENRC PLC), IBM, CISCO, Erste Bank, Henkel, Knauf Insulation, Vienna Insurance Group and many others to reinvent their products, processes, and leadership practices. She also serves as president of Challenge: Future, a global youth think-DO-tank. She earned her doctorate in organisational behaviour at the Weatherhead School of Management, Case Western Reserve University.

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