I launched my first business blog out of curiosity, registering to attend the BlogHer Conference and hoping that it would jumpstart my blogging efforts. It did.
Over the years I've shared business tips, career advice, and views on creativity, risktaking and innovation and pretty much everything in between. I've blogged at conferences and local (and not so local) events.
My blog's vision has been to shine light on the importance of embracing entrepreneurial thinking inside the workplace. My mission has been motivating professionals to trust their risktaking instincts, and for providing the building blocks of success via practical tips and process how-to's, while offering advice on designing resilience and support nets for rebounding from setbacks.
I believe that entrepreneurship--formal programs and grassroots efforts--benefits businesses for the long haul through creativity and disciplined disruption. Employees who innovate not out of fear but because they have the right stuff become motivated contributors and collaborators. They adapt to the twists and turns of business and possess "sweet spot" capabilities for reinventing themselves and the organization.
Even disruptions associated with job transitions--voluntary or involuntary--become less onerous and more manageable for people with entrepreneurial capabilities as part of their DNA.
Reinvent Before You Must
Today, we find ourselves living in a new reality where the old world of business no longer defines success in how companies operate and how careers play out.
Leaders and professionals who recognize the optimum time to reinvent their organizational units and who possess the courage and discipline to innovate earlier in the cycle, will discover a demand for their skills along with more interesting, creative choices to consider.
We must embrace the entrepreneurial mindset, think like project strategists, and redefine career success as not how long we remain in the same role, but what we contribute during each transition cycle (we're always in transition, even when we're stationary).
It's the aggregate value of your contributions--your folio of expertise--a mix of portable knowledge and transferrable skills that differentiates you in the new world of business.
Designing flexibility into your career strategy, knowing when and how to dismantle and rebuild before you need to, and recognizing when to invent solo and when collaborative partners play a role in your success, will keep you limber for thriving in this new reality.
Shedding a Skin
I truly want to thank my many readers for engaging with me during these seven years. I've met fascinating people here in the U.S. and around the world from Europe, South Africa, Armenia, Egypt, Australia, China and Japan and I've enjoyed and have appreciated your stories and comments (even the tough love ones!).
But in order to make way for the new we need to let go of the old; and although one door is closing for me as I retire my flagship blog, a number of exciting doors are opening to keep me on point with my vision and mission.
You can find out what I'm up to at my Facebook fan page at Facebook.com/TheReinventedWorld and the blog posts at my book's website InnovationInAReinventedWorld.com. You can also stay connected with me via Twitter @DeeMcCrorey.
Of course, I'll catch you online if you've purchased my book and signed up for 1 or all 10 of my complimentary webinars in 2012!
P.S. I'll retire my blog; however, I don't have plans at this time to let it go dark. So, if you're visiting for the first time there are still plenty of practical tips, career advice and business recommendations to keep you engaged!