From Chaos To Clarity Allison Blankenship


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Allison Blankenship was keynote at the National Association of Women Business Owners-Birmingham Leadership Forum. The information she presented in "From Chaos to Clarity: Adapt, Prosper and Succeed in Times of Change" was informative and timely. Attached is an overview of her presnetation. Sandi Gornati, CEO/President-SGI Delivery Solutions/Board Member- NAWBO-Birmingham

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From Chaos To Clarity Allison Blankenship

  1. 1. From Chaos to Clarity Adapt, Prosper and Succeed in Times of Change Allison Blankenship Author, Strategist & Consultant Precision Speaking, Inc. ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  2. 2. The “Not-Known” is the New Norm 1. “Toto, we’re not in Kansas anymore…” 2. “Not-known” vs. unknown ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  3. 3. The “Not-Known” is the New Norm Rate of change due to technology – According to trends futurist Faith Popcorn of The Popcorn Report, we are experiencing 100 years of change within a 5-year period; this period accelerates again beginning in 2010 ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  4. 4. The “Not-Known” is the New Norm Multiple career opportunities in a lifetime – The US Department of Labor estimates that a college graduate in 2010 will average 8 different careers in their lifetime ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  5. 5. The “Not-Known” is the New Norm “The Rules” are changing – A multi-generational workforce is creating a new blend of old and new values. Identifying the new rules can make the difference between success and survival ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  6. 6. The Rules Are Changing Old Rule New Rule • Loyal to a brand • Loyal to a network • Media advertising is • “Reviewing” is the key new advertising • Stay with the tried & • Innovation and true creativity rule • Work 40 hours a • Do whatever it takes week with occasional to get the job done overtime ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  7. 7. A Time of Correction? “The recession came at the best time it could because it has given the US a chance to make permanent adjustments to the government’s economic and regulatory policies and has offered businesses and individuals the opportunity to change decades-old habits.” -- Douglas McIntyre Newsweek Magazine, 8/18/09 ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  8. 8. INC. Magazines 10-Year Top Industry Growth Predictions 1. Healthcare 6. Transportation & 2. Technology Warehousing 3. Recreation & Fitness 7. Construction 4. Finance 8. Arts & Entertainment 5. Public Sector ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  9. 9. Women-Owned Businesses • 10.1 million firms are 75% owned by women • Employ 13 million people • Generate $1.9 trillion in sales (2008) • Represent 1 in 5 firms with a revenue of $1million plus • Generate $165 billion by women of color -- Center for Women’s Business Research 2009 ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  10. 10. “Change is the law of life and those who look only to the past are certain to miss the future.” -- John F. Kennedy ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  11. 11. Create the Mindset to Adapt, Prosper and Succeed 1. Get comfortable with the uncomfortable… 2. Never waste a good crisis 3. Move from fearful to fearless ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  12. 12. "To make deep personal change is to develop a new paradigm, a new self, one that is more effectively aligned with today's realities. This can occur only if we are willing to journey into unknown territory and confront the wicked problems we encounter. This journey does not follow the assumptions of rational planning. The objective may not be clear and the path is not paved with familiar procedures. This tortuous journey requires that we leave our comfort zone and step outside our normal roles. In doing so, we learn the paradoxical lesson that we can change the world only by changing ourselves.” ©2009 Allison Blankenship -- Robert Quinn in Deep Change 800-664-7641
  13. 13. “Risk without knowledge is dangerous. Knowledge without action is a waste of time. Action without risk is mediocrity.” -- Gail Cohen Thinking Outside the Lines ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  14. 14. “Crisis may be your defining moment.” -- Bill George 7 Lessons for Leading in Crisis ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  15. 15. “The secret of success is to be ready for when your time comes.” -- Benjamin Disraeli ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  16. 16. Fear-Based Thinking Encourages: 1. A loss of critical thinking skills 2. Acceptance of rampant bad behavior 3. The need to be right at all times 4. A reactive vs. proactive environment ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  17. 17. “When we are no longer able to change a situation, we are challenged to change ourselves.” --Victor Frankel ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  18. 18. Take the Steps 1. Connect core strengths 2. Become a student of adaptability ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  19. 19. What is our defining product and/or service? 1 How sustainable What is our message 4 POWER 2 distinguishes and perceived CORE our company value? or product? 3 How can we communicate the benefits of working with our organization? ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  20. 20. “We were excellent at making a living but all too often failed at making a life. We celebrated property but yearned for purpose. We cherished our freedoms but longed for connection. In an age of plenty, we were feeling spiritual hunger.” -- David Myers What is the Good Life? ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
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  22. 22. “The illiterate of the 21st century will not be those who cannot read and write, but those who cannot learn, unlearn and relearn.” -- Alvin Toffler ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  23. 23. “Courage is doing what you are afraid to do. There can be no courage unless you’re scared.” -- Eddie Rickenbacker ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  24. 24. “It is not the strongest of the species that survive, nor the most intelligent, but the one most responsive to change.” --Charles Darwin ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  25. 25. “The dogmas of the quiet past are inadequate to the stormy present. The occasion is piled high with difficulty, and we must rise – with the occasion. As our case is new, so we must think anew, and act anew. We must disenthrall ourselves, and then we shall save our country.” -- Abraham Lincoln December 1, 1862 address to Congress ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
  26. 26. “The best way to predict the future is to create it.” -- Tom Peters ©2009 Allison Blankenship 800-664-7641
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