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Cheryl Cran, CSP Canada
Cheryl Cran

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 7 books including NextMapping™ - How Great Leaders Inspire Everyone to Create the Future of Work.

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 four 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."


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  • The Future of Work Is Now: Are You Ready? - What will leaders and their teams have to do to thrive today and beyond to the year 2030? Today's challenges include ongoing global change, technological innovation and fast changing workplace dynamics. 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.

  • The Best Way to Create the Future is to Map It - Are you and your leaders fully ready to proactively lead into the future of work? Is your company poised to jump on opportunities and to innovate at the speed of change in the workplace? Is your industry disrupting the status quo or being disrupted? Do you have the right people with the right technology in the workplace that can quickly deliver extraordinary value to your clients and teams? Many disruptions including government shifts, global disasters, mergers and acquisitions, artificial intelligence, robotics, and changing worker attitudes is causing the need for leaders to be able to map the future of work for their company and for their teams. The type of leadership that is needed during these fast-paced times is the ability to flex in times of flux. Agility, adaptability and innovation are key attributes that will help leaders to drive the change and transformation needed to get to the future of work. 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

  • Future Ready Teams: How to Create Agile, Adaptable & Innovative Teams - Are your teams unified in vision, focus and purpose? Are your teams able to collaborate, innovate and adapt to rapid change in the workplace? Do your teams leverage technology to improve client and employee experience? 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.

  • The Future of Attracting & Keeping Top Talent - 95% of companies surveyed cite a big focus for the future is finding and keeping top talent in the age of robotics, remote workers and increasing competition. Fortune 500 CEO's surveyed state that even with the age of robotics they are planning to continue to seek and hire talented people well into 2020 and beyond. The competition for attracting top talent is increasing, and as quickly as people are being hired and trained other industries are approaching and poaching talent. In addition the increase in freelance and entrepreneur opportunities for millennials is making the talent search even more challenging. What can companies do? What do leaders need to do to win the war for talent? In this keynote, you will learn how to map out a strategy and plan on how to attract top talent and how to retain them for longer than average time frames.

  • The Art of Change Leadership - Driving Transformation In a Fast Paced World - This change leadership keynote is for everyone because "everyone is a leader!" Everyone in the workplace is working in times of intense technological innovation and dealing with ongoing rapid change and disruptions. The key is how to inspire and engage everyone to be "leaders of change" and to dynamically increase innovation, collaboration and success for everyone in the company and for the business overall. This keynote focuses on how each individual can harness their own inner abilities to lead change and personal leadership in a positive and proactive way. This keynote is based on Cheryl's book The Art of Change Leadership (Wiley 2015)
The Art of Change Leadership Leadership Mastery In The Digital Age 101 Ways The Control Freak Revolution 50 Ways to Lead and Love It!
The Art of Change Leadership: Driving Transformation In a Fast-Paced World Leadership Mastery In The Digital Age: How to Lead Change, Transform People & Grow Business 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work The Control Freak Revolution: Make Your Most Maddening Behaviors Work for Your Company and to Your Advantage 50 Ways to Lead & Love It!

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