Cheryl Cran

Cheryl Cran

Future of Work Expert

Cheryl Cran helps leaders and their teams to build future workplaces, today. Recognized as the #1 Future of Work influencer by Onalytica, Cran’s research into the future of work, technology, and leadership, driven by her “people first” and digital second philosophy, helps companies build the leadership capacity needed to change the world through business. For more than two decades, thousands of her clients have benefited from her expertise resulting in growth, evolution, and success.

Currently the founder of NextMapping and CEO of parent company Synthesis at Work Inc., Cran’s background is senior leadership in the corporate finance and insurance industries. After ten successful years, she was head-hunted by a national financial insurance company to head up their regional portfolio, where she helped to increase market share by more than 30% in just two years.

Cran developed NextMapping as a proprietary business solution brand to encompass all of her work and research on the future of work and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. She believes that digital transformation in the workplace must focus on how technology can enhance outcomes for people. Her clients have included AT&T, Bell Mobility, Omnitel, Gartner, British Telcomm, Manulife, as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries such as technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance, and more

Cran is the author of nine books, including NextMapping: Anticipate, Navigate, and create the Future of Work; The Art of Change Leadership: Driving Transformation in a Fast-Paced World; 101 Ways to Make Generations X, Y and Zoomers Happy at Work; and Leadership Mastery In a Digital Age. Her work has been featured in publications such as the Huffington Post, Forbes, IABC Magazine, Law Magazine, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Readers Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, Fox Online and more.


The Future of Leadership

Never before have workplaces had so much ambiguity, uncertainty, and constant change. Workers are challenged with doing more with less, learning at the speed of disruption, and working with diverse situations.

The increase of digital transformation brings a massive opportunity for leaders to create the future for themselves. Along with this opportunity though comes a need for leaders to be connected, empathetic, and inspiring for their teams.

In this keynote, Cheryl Cran, future of work expert and founder of NextMapping, shares inspiring, uplifting, and practical ideas for leaders to be future-ready, now.

Leaders will learn:

  • The most recent and up-to-date research on the future workplace and what it means for leaders today.
  • Statistics and sentiment analysis on worker attitudes and what workers want today and in the future from their leaders.
  • Leadership models on the “me to we” mindset and mapping the future of the leadership journey.
  • Tips and strategies on how to leverage leadership mastery to increase the attraction and retention of top talent.
  • Inspiring ideas that can be put into immediate action to increase employee motivation and engagement.
  • Practical daily actions to help leaders feel energized and to help their teams to be inspired and excited to create the future of work.

NextMapping: The Best Way to Create Your Future is to Map It

Many disruptions, including government shifts, global disasters, mergers and acquisitions, artificial intelligence (AI), 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 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 and strategies to proactively map the future as a leader and drive transformation.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • Insights on the impact of AI and robotics on your industry locally and globally.
  • A bi-modal model on how to leverage the best of what’s working now with data from future trends research.
  • Case studies of organizations that have successfully mapped their future by being on top of trends and future of work.
  • How to harness the “people first” principle of future workplaces and a look at leaders who have leveraged technology to enable extraordinary value for clients and employee experience.
  • A “what needs to change” and “what will never change” checklist to help prioritize strategic actions towards future of work.
  • Inspiration, ideas and a ‘map’ of the future for self/teams/business that can be put into practical application right away.
  • NextMapping™ model and steps to create your future for self/business.

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 2020? Today’s challenges include ongoing global change, technological innovation, and changing workplace dynamics.

Employee engagement, creating leaders for the future, and attracting and retaining top talent are all elements that are rapidly changing. They all impact the way we work and how we need to change to meet the challenges of the future workplace, today.

This keynote will provide research-based, global business insights, and 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 2020.

Cheryl Cran’s style is high-energy and interactive. She presents relevant research and her presentations always include fun movie clips and music. Cran is well-known for delivering the “WOW” Factor!

With Cran, you are guaranteed to have increased audience engagement and your audiences will leave with easy to implement ideas and inspiration to lead with 2020 vision and build the future workplace today.

Attendees will gain:

  • A look at the trends and technologies shaping the future workplace today.
  • Ideas for leaders and their teams to adapt their personality style and leadership style to the evolving workplace.
  • An understanding of “how” to successfully engage the multiple generations in the workplace.
  • Insights into how leaders need to adapt to the ever-changing reality of worker attitudes and shifting attitudes on loyalty, job satisfaction, and how work is done.
  • Case studies and examples of progressive companies that are on the cutting edge of creating innovative workplaces and creating the template for the workplace of the future.
  • Strategies on how to get everyone on board with the overall vision, build excitement for the company’s direction and create commitment and buy-in to taking action today and for the future.

Leading Change in a Fast-Paced Technological Workplace

This change and leadership keynote is for leaders and their teams who are working in times of intense technological innovation dealing with ongoing change.

Cheryl Cran uses humor, interaction, and custom videos focusing on your company and your people along with movie clips to create a powerful keynote or seminar experience.

This keynote focuses on how each individual can harness their own abilities to manage change and personal leadership in a positive and proactive way.

Attendees will leave with:

  • Further insight into how change is impacting the speed of work and how we as leaders need to build adaptability to the new reality.
  • A shifted perspective on how we as individuals can manage stress and time in an increasingly fast-paced work environment.
  • A clear understanding of how each generation views and deals with change, plus strategies to improve change responses and actions.
  • Insight into their own personal change behaviors and tools to leverage their individual ability to adapt more quickly to ongoing change with a positive approach.
  • Tools to manage change in a way that combines emotional intelligence with generational intelligence and connects each person to the company’s vision and goals.
  • Skills to communicate in a way that speaks to the higher potential of each individual and creates unprecedented understanding and commitment to change as we move forward.

The return on investment for those attending this session and for the organization is an increased skill level for the leaders to manage change in a way that inspires each person to work hard for the vision and goals of the company.

Future Ready Teams: How to Create Agile, Adaptable & Innovative Teams

Agile, flexible and innovative teams are the Future of Work.

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.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • The latest research on team dynamics needed for future of work
  • Statistics and data on the best future of work structure of a team, the best mix of personalities, aptitudes and more
  • Strategies for team members to build a ‘me to we’ future of work attitude
  • A mindset model on how to shift towards a ‘shared leadership’ team culture
  • Ideas on how to cross collaborate, break down silos and innovate across the business
  • 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 and Keeping Top Talent

Trends, case studies, and creative ideas on recruiting and retaining 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 in 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.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • The latest research for your industry on future trends regarding attracting and retaining top talent
  • Insights into current reality of finding and keeping good people the stats and the best practices
  • Innovative ideas on finding the right people that are suited for your industry
  • Creative ideas and examples from global companies winning the war for talent
  • The top ten ‘attractors’ of what top talent want when looking to work for a company
  • How to be a company that ‘attracts’ talent, including having transformational leaders and creating a culture that focuses on shared leadership
  • The number one reason people leave an employer and how to fix it
  • A greater understanding of why investing in recruiting alone is a no-win approach
  • 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

Increasing fast pace of change requires a culture where everyone is a change 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.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • Further insight into how fast change is impacting the speed of work and how we as leaders need to build adaptability to the new reality
  • A shifted perspective on how we as individuals can harness positive stress and leverage time in an increasingly fast-paced work environment
  • A clear understanding of how each generation views change, deals with change and strategies to improve change responses and actions
  • The change cycle and how to use this model to lead change for self and for others
  • Insight into their own personal change behaviors and tools to leverage their individual ability to adapt more quickly to ongoing change with a positive approach
  • Tools to lead change with multiple perspectives including emotional intelligence, generation intelligence and energetic intelligence
  • A change leadership ‘next map’ that will outline your next steps to creating the future that you want to create

The Future of Leadership

Never before have workplaces had so much ambiguity, uncertainty, and constant change. Workers are challenged with doing more with less, learning at the speed of disruption, and working with diverse situations.

The increase of digital transformation brings a massive opportunity for leaders to create the future for themselves. Along with this opportunity though comes a need for leaders to be connected, empathetic, and inspiring for their teams.

In this keynote, Cheryl Cran, future of work expert and founder of NextMapping, shares inspiring, uplifting, and practical ideas for leaders to be future-ready, now.

Leaders will learn:

  • The most recent and up-to-date research on the future workplace and what it means for leaders today.
  • Statistics and sentiment analysis on worker attitudes and what workers want today and in the future from their leaders.
  • Leadership models on the “me to we” mindset and mapping the future of the leadership journey.
  • Tips and strategies on how to leverage leadership mastery to increase the attraction and retention of top talent.
  • Inspiring ideas that can be put into immediate action to increase employee motivation and engagement.
  • Practical daily actions to help leaders feel energized and to help their teams to be inspired and excited to create the future of work.

NextMapping: The Best Way to Create Your Future is to Map It

Many disruptions, including government shifts, global disasters, mergers and acquisitions, artificial intelligence (AI), 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 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 and strategies to proactively map the future as a leader and drive transformation.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • Insights on the impact of AI and robotics on your industry locally and globally.
  • A bi-modal model on how to leverage the best of what’s working now with data from future trends research.
  • Case studies of organizations that have successfully mapped their future by being on top of trends and future of work.
  • How to harness the “people first” principle of future workplaces and a look at leaders who have leveraged technology to enable extraordinary value for clients and employee experience.
  • A “what needs to change” and “what will never change” checklist to help prioritize strategic actions towards future of work.
  • Inspiration, ideas and a ‘map’ of the future for self/teams/business that can be put into practical application right away.
  • NextMapping™ model and steps to create your future for self/business.