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Speaker Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping™/NextMapping.com and the CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc.
Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, and author of 9 books including the 2nd edition of “NextMapping – Anticipate, Navigate & Create The Future of Work” with companion workbook.
Other book titles include “The Art of Change Leadership – Driving Transformation In a Fast-Paced World” (Wiley 2015), “101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work” (2010) and 4 other books on the ultimate leadership skills needed to be future of work ready.
Cheryl’s future of work thought leadership has been featured in publications such as Huff Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online and more.
For over two decades Cheryl has built a reputation for delivering extraordinary value to clients that include AT&T, Bell Mobility, Omnitel, Gartner, British Telcomm, Manulife, as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries that include technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance and more.
NextMapping™ was developed as a proprietary business solution brand that encompasses all of Cheryl’s work and research on the future of work and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. It’s time to not just hear about the future but to use NextMapping™ to get there! Technology in the workplace must be used to prepare for the future with a focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people.
The common theme of all of Cheryl’s life’s work is a ‘people first’ and digital second approach to create a more human future, helping companies to build the leadership capacity needed to ‘change the world through business.See keynotes with Cheryl Cran
Leading Virtual Teams In A Fast Changing Workplace
In 2020 companies have had to rapidly pivot and adjust to the major disruption of the pandemic.
Leaders have had to quickly shift their teams to work virtually and this quick shift has created challenges that include keeping teams engaged and productive.
No one predicted that a global pandemic in 2020 would upend the entire way we work and live.
What WAS predicted by futurists was a remote work reality, an automated reality and a new way of leading in the future of work.
The best way to predict the future is to focus on the now and look at patterns to look at ‘what’s next’. There is no going back to ’normal’ there is only preparing for and creating the future.
The pandemic has accelerated future of work realities such as increased work from home workers and the inherent challenges that come with remote work.
In the past workplace culture was handled based on in-person conversations, performance was measured on metrics as well as on team interactions.
Now and into the future workplace culture is about remote and how to engage with remote workers and how to succeed in remote teams.
In the past few months, our surveys have found that leaders are struggling with how to lead, engage and manage performance of their WFH workers.
Employee engagement, creating future ready leaders, attracting and retaining top talent are all elements that are rapidly changing and impacting the way we work and how we need to change to meet the challenges of the future workplace today.
This keynote will provide researched global business insights, thought provoking, creative, leading edge ideas and strategies on how leaders can take immediate action to increase team buy in, adaptability and execution NOW as we head towards 2030.
This future of work keynote provides insights into the future of work and strategies to proactively map the future as a leader. Dynamic ideas and creative approaches to help build future ready leadership that drives transformation towards the future of work.
This future of teams’ keynote provides dynamic insights into the future of teams and how team structure is morphing to meet the real-time disruptions and demands of fast changing world. Research shows that small teams with highly motivated and engaged individuals are able to innovate and execute very quickly. The impact on business with high performing teams is faster ideas to market, nimble solutions for client experience and ultimately competitive advantage.
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“Cheryl was our keynote speaker at the UVA Wise Economic Forum and she presented “The Future of Work is Now – Are You Ready?” The response from our audience included comments such as: “Fantastic and inspirational view of the future” “Loved the blend of practicality along with a push to help us be more innovative” “Phenomenal ideas on how we can innovate and increase real time creativity for future success” “Excellent research and statistics on the future of work and its relevance to both education and business” “Inspired by Cheryl Cran” We would definitely have Cheryl back to provide more insights on the future of work, innovation and change leadership.”
“Cheryl was our opening keynote speaker for our annual AGA National Leadership Training and she was phenomenal! Her keynote was titled, “The Art of Change Leadership – How to Flex in Flux” and her message was truly timely and of high value to our participants. We received overwhelming positive feedback from our group about Cheryl’s dynamic delivery style, the polling and Q&A interaction, and the survey she sent to participants to get to know her audience and customize her presentation. Cheryl’s opening keynote started our conference off with huge energy – we loved the videos and the music that got everyone excited for the rest of the day.”
There is no better motivational speaker, generational psychology expert, and change leadership mentor than Cheryl Cran. Cheryl is totally credible, sincere, transparent, and endearing as she relates her life experiences to today’s business and work situations. I have no reservations in recommending her to any Fortune 100 company who is dealing with radical change in their workforce. The world would be a much better place if they followed Cheryl’s advice and recommendations on hope to relate to others and how to cope.”
“At our annual staff event, Cheryl delivered an inspirational and informative keynote address on the future of work and its impact on us. She worked closely with us to customize her address to ensure it was meaningful and relevant to our staff. Cheryl’s talk was provocative and delivered with positive energy.”
Being a guest on Diane’s show is truly a first-rate experience. Diane is a fabulous host, making the setting warm and conversational. I love her energy and enthusiasm, which made me want to lean in further to our discussion. I appreciate the passion we share around curiosity, leadership, and business and I know we could have continued the conversation for hours. Thank you, Diane, for creating high-quality work with fascinating guests that people look forward to listening to and learning from.
What do you gain personally from being a keynote speaker?
I truly want to transform business through leadership and help businesses grow and thrive by helping leaders to lead in a way that engages and inspires others to work together for a common goal. Keynote speaking is an opportunity to provide energy, information, tools, new insights and some fun and I love the interaction with the audience. If I can provide one or two new ideas with a bunch of new insights then I feel like I have contributed on a big level. I love what I do.
What types of results do clients experience after your programmes and keynotes?
I have been keynoting for over 20 years and my testimonials from clients always say that my keynotes are eye opening, lots of good insights and tips, inspiring and practical ideas. People leave my keynotes with revived energy around their work and with practical ideas to go back and implement into their work right away.
Do you have a favourite experience from your speaking career?
I have so many – I have been blessed and honored to work with clients all over the world, my work in Italy was especially rewarding as well as the people that I get to meet and connect with globally. I love the overall experiences I have been able to have as a result of my speaking career.
What do you consider the biggest challenge facing businesses today?
Technology integration for optimal business while leading in a way that is evolutionary for business. Many companies are struggling with attracting and retaining top talent and it all comes back to leadership. Leaders need to ‘upgrade his or her operating system’ which includes thinking differently, leveraging technology and engaging people with more energy awareness.
Can you provide 3 tips for effective collaboration in multi-generational teams?
Generations intelligence is one component of being a master leader – I often share with my clients that there are multiple intelligences.
When it comes to the generations I would say that these tips are key:
And a bonus tip – leverage technology to communicate with each other and use all forms of communication to increase success: face to face, email, instant messaging, texting, etc.
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