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.

Cran is the founder of NextMapping and CEO of parent company, Synthesis at Work Inc. Prior to this, she held senior leadership positions in the corporate finance and insurance industries. Cran developed NextMapping as a proprietary business solution brand to encompass her work and research on the future of work and the leadership needed to navigate change in the workplace. Her past clients have included Amazon, Upwork, AT&T, Gartner, Scottish Water, and ExecOnline, as well as mid-sized companies and entrepreneurs in industries such as technology, health, agriculture, finance, insurance, and more.

Cran is the author of 10 books, including her newest, Super.Crucial.Human, and her bestsellers, NextMapping: Anticipate, Navigate and Create The Future of Work and The Art of Change Leadership: Driving Transformation in a Fast Paced-World. Her work has been featured in publications such as Fast Company, Huff Post, Forbes, Metro New York, Entrepreneur Magazine, Reader’s Digest, CBS Online, NBC Online, and more. She is also the creator of the NextNow podcast.


The Future is Human: How Being a Better Human is Key to the Future of Work

This keynote — based on Cheryl Cran’s new book, Super.Crucial.Human — focuses on the concept that, now and in the future, everyone is a leader and with that everyone needs to be a better human.

Research has confirmed that not only are we in a worker’s market, we are going to need more people now and into the future even with the rise of automation, AI, and robotics. What we need is people who have crucial human skills — skills that go beyond the basics when it comes to compassion, creativity, communication, and collaboration.

This keynote will inspire and elevate the mindsets of audience members to embrace that being human means we have infinite possibilities to evolve and to adapt at the speed of change.

Audiences will learn:

  • Research on the social trends that are driving the urgent need for everyone to develop “crucial human skills”.
  • How to reframe challenges, setbacks, and disruptions into elevated opportunities to evolve and grow.
  • The four Cs of being a super crucial human — next level skills of compassion, creativity, conscious communication, and collaboration.
  • Why LQ (love quotient) is even MORE important than EQ (emotional intelligence) and how to apply it in both life and work.
  • How to leverage the “me to we” mindset model to increase collaboration in a hybrid workplace reality.
  • Actionable models and strategic ideas on how to elevate crucial human skills and apply in real time in life and work for accelerated success in all relationships.

Think Like a Futurist: How to Leverage Trends and Patterns to Create What’s Next

We collectively have been through more change in the past few years than we have in the previous decade. The future needs leaders with energy, stamina, and increased ability to inspire and engage teams in the hybrid workplace. The future needs more leaders to think like a futurist — anticipate change and to be aware of the trends and patterns at play that are impacting fast-changing workplace dynamics.

Many leaders can get caught in the cycle putting out fires or focusing on tasks and have less time to vision, focus, and plan for what’s next. In this keynote, Cheryl Cran will inspire leaders to think like a futurist and to look for patterns and leverage trends to increase energy, innovate, and collaborate at the speed of change.

Audiences will learn:

  • About research on the “worker’s market” and what that means for leaders today and in the future.
  • How to reframe change as something we can lead rather than something we manage.
  • About the social trends and patterns that are impacting the way leaders need to lead now and in the future.
  • A model on how to think like a futurist that minimizes stress and increases flow in life and work.
  • Actionable ideas on how to apply futurist thinking to your daily interactions as a leader.

The Future of Hybrid Teams

Hybrid teams are here to stay — in fact, research shows that virtual work and WFA (work from anywhere) is going to increase. Leaders and teams have been navigating this new reality throughout the pandemic, and the future will continue to require leaders and teams to successfully navigate the nuances of a hybrid workplace reality.

There is a continued shortage of workers, and we are firmly in a worker’s market. This means that we’re in a new world of work. Leaders are leading in unprecedented times and all workers are asking themselves big questions about what it means to work and how they want to work in the future.

In this keynote attendees will learn:

  • Future of “all things” research that reveals the social trends impacting the future of work.
  • Insights into the trends that are shaping what the now and future workplace.
  • How to leverage patterns in human behaviour to increase team synergy in a hybrid workplace.
  • Key strategies on how to communicate and collaborate in a virtual team environment.
  • New ways to engage teams in a hybrid culture.
  • The “future ready” skills that ALL workers need to develop to increase agility and adaptability.
  • How to use the “adaptability scale” to see where you are and how you can “self coach” to greater flexibility.
  • Actionable take-aways that can be applied right away in your everyday work and life.

The Future of Leadership

What are the attributes, what are the mindsets and what are the secrets to being a change leader driving towards the future of work?

Workplaces have never had so much ambiguity, uncertainty, and constant change. Workers are challenged to do more with less, learn at the speed of disruption and work with diverse situations. There is a massive opportunity for leaders to create the future for themselves and their teams.

With this increase in digital transformation there is a call for leaders to be connected, empathetic, and inspiring for their teams.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • The most recent research on the future workplace and what it means for leaders.
  • 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.

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.

This keynote will provide global business insights and thought provoking, creative, leading-edge strategies on how leaders can take immediate action to increase team buy in, adaptability, and execution today as we head towards 2030.

Attendees will leave this session with:

  • 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 fast-changing workplace.
  • How to successfully work with and engage multiple generations in the workplace.
  • Insights into how leaders need to adapt to the ever-changing reality of worker attitudes toward loyalty, job satisfaction, and how work is done.
  • Mindset model on how to navigate the fast pace of change as we head to the future of work.
  • Research on the intelligence needed to navigate the future of work.
  • Case studies and examples of companies and leaders that are creating innovative, future-ready workplaces.
  • Strategies to get everyone on board with the future vision, build excitement for the company’s direction, and create commitment and buy-in to take action today and for the future.