There is so much change in the world. Things are
changing all around us. Are you leaning into it or bracing yourself as
it pelts you?

My newly adopted 6-yr-old daughter, from India, seems bent on becoming
part of our family. Even as she was grieving the loss of her closest
friends in the orphanage she leaned on us, her new mommy and daddy, for
support.   I took her shopping for shoes the other day – from
her reaction I don’t believe she has ever worn socks or closed-toe
shoes of any kind. It took her about 12 hours to make up her mind.
Today it was shoes and socks all the way.

It may sound silly. From her point of view the stakes are high:
identity. She is leaning into her new world.

I spoke with the VP of a $126B company who was leaning headlong into
the turmoil changing his industry. He found a whole new line of revenue
that appeared to be completely outside his scope. But, it was
legitimate and with some nurturing turned into over a billion dollars
of profit while it simultaneously wielded a powerful advantage of the
competition, tying together his customers and their customers with his
strategy. It became a goldmine.

All this and I still find CEOs who wince at new trends, complain about
the disruption in the marketplace, turn away from new ideas while they
try and shore up the tried-and-true.  Yes, business fundamentals
are still in play – and always will be. However, the ways we interact
with customers are being forever transformed.

It’s time to take business innovation seriously. The stakes are high.
Are you part of tomorrow’s solutions or yesterday’s successes? There is
nothing like a good photo album and the opportunity to reminisce with
friends. But, don’t let that stop from you from leaning into the wind,
letting it fill your sails, and take you to new horizons.

My upcoming

For Association CEOs:
New Business Models Working Today
Nov 15, 12:00-1:30, downtown Washington, DC
New association business models are emerging around us – bold successes
by CEO entrepreneurs.  There are 8 Keys – You can put them to work
tomorrow. I am going to share them on Nov. 15. Event is limited to CEOs
only. No charge for
participation. If you are interested in
attending or the white paper series, send me an email.

For Independent
JumpStarting Business – Getting Things Going Fast
Oct 28, 12:00-1:30, Chef Tony’s, 4926 St Elmo’s Ave, Bethesda, MD
This the 7th in my ongoing series to teach the techniques behind my
successful consulting practice. $15 charge covers a meal by Chef Tony.
Topics at this event include Getting Engagements Fast and Exactly What
to Do when Things are Slow, Click
here if you are interested in