Change is a reality that is here to stay, no question. But how we deal with change doesn’t have to create fear and uncertainty, or be overly managed with structure and templates. If you can move to a culture of design thinking and learning, organizational agility, and a willingness to embrace change can become naturally woven into the day-to-day work and routines of your team.
For a long time, I believed the prevailing wisdom that people are generally uncomfortable with change. I’m not sure exactly where I picked up that idea, or how it became so ingrained in my psyche, but I know many people who talk about the change they’re experiencing with high levels of anxiety.
Next week’s NewCo Bay Area festival is going to be our most impressive yet, with companies in three major cities — Oakland, San Jose, and San Francisco — all opening their doors throughout the week. We also have added a day of “MasterClasses” with tracks taught by experienced practitioners on Design/UX, Marketing, and startup leadership. All of this on top of our Shift Forum, which is most likely going to sell out of tickets by mid to late this week.
If you wanted to, you could fill four full days with nothing but NewCo experiences, and of course, that’s what I’ll be doing. Here’s my lineup of companies I’ll either be visiting, or would visit if I wasn’t running the program at the Forum: