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Cheryl Cran

Future of Work & Change Leadership Expert

Cheryl Cran believes that the best way to create the future is to map it. She not only look at your core business, but also what’s next with technology, globalization and societal shifts. With her global perspective, Cheryl helps you be more agile and ready in the fast pace of change. 

Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


The Future of Work Is Now – Are You Ready?
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.

Key Takeaways:
• Ideas for leaders and their teams to adapt their personality style and leadership style to the fast-changing workplace.
• Mindset model on how to navigate fast pace of change as we head to future of work
• Strategies on how to get everyone on board with the overall future vision, build excitement for the company’s direction and create commitment and buy-in to taking action today and for the future

The Best Way to Create the Future is to Map It
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.

Key Takeaways:
•A bi-modal model on how to leverage the best of what’s working now with data from future trends research
• How to harness the ‘people first’ principle of future workplaces
• NextMapping model and steps to create your future for self/business

Future Ready Teams – How to Create Agile, Adaptable & Innovative Teams
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.

Key Takeaways:
• Strategies for team members to build a ‘me to we’ future of work attitude
• How to create agile, adaptable and innovative teams
• Inspiration and plans to ‘map out’ what’s next for your teams to be future of work ready

The Future of Attracting & Keeping Top Talent
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.

Key Takeaways:
• Innovative ideas on finding the right people that are suited for your industry
• The top ten ‘attractors’ of what top talent want when looking to work for a company
• Creative solutions that you can put into place right away to increase your wins in attracting and keeping top talent

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.

Key Takeaways:
• Tools to lead change with multiple perspectives including emotional intelligence, generation intelligence and energetic intelligence
• The change cycle and how to use this model to lead change for self and for others


TMI Global | TMI Consultant of the Year

Canadian Speaker Hall of Fame Award
Global Speakers Federation President's Service Award

  • Her ability to weave in the messages of the other presenters, her ability to engage the groups with humor, fun, authenticity and provocative thought was quite simply amazing and EXACTLY what we needed as a close to our events. Her stage presence, her use of audience interaction and her depth of knowledge on how today’s leaders can lead change, transform people and grow business in the digital age was the reason we hired her and she is so easy to work with, it was a pleasure to have her on our team.

    - VP, AT&T University
  • She was able to weave in content from other elements of the program as well as tune in to the unique challenges that people in our teams are dealing with and provide inspiring ideas. Her business background and experience along with her intuitive insights and dynamic delivery provided our group with inspiration and was a fantastic way to wrap up our conference!

    - VP Federal Employee Benefits, Kaiser Permanete
  • Her ability to weave in content that is current to the corporate situation as well as present in a way that is fun, intelligent and thought provoking is amazing. We have had overwhelmingly positive feedback.

    - HR Executive, Jamieson Natural Sources
  • The presentation that you delivered for us was exactly what we wanted and needed. We wanted a positive focus on communication and delivery strategies that would improve relations with all levels within the organization. You certainly provided specific strategies that were easy to understand and immediately applicable.

    - Calgary Home Builders Association
  • My crowd is a hard one to please, and I immediately received a lot of positive feedback after your speech. You had the team energized, attentive and participating in what was the last conference of a 2-day kickoff. Not an easy task. I would recommend you anytime!

    - Director, Marketing and Business to business communications, Media Solutions (CBC / Radio-Canada)

Summary Profile

Cheryl Cran is the founder of NextMapping™ 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™ – Anticipate, Navigate and 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 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.’