April 9, 2014

My Next Role Is …

To each there comes in their lifetime a special moment when they are figuratively tapped on the shoulder and offered the chance to do a very special thing, unique to them and fitted to their talents. What a tragedy if that moment finds them unprepared or unqualified for that which could have been their finest hour.  Sir Winston Churchill

ttotree2I could read Churchill all day.

And Yeats, Frost, Handy, Drucker, and so on … but that’s not why you’re here.

Today my career took on a new twist, one that I believe is indeed a special moment and that I’m both prepared and (I think) qualified for. Whether it becomes my finest hour remains to be seen.

Today I am proud to announce that TELUS Transformation Office has officially launched and I have become its Chief Envisioner.

For the grammar and spelling pundits, I beg your forgiveness. I like to make up words, and yes ‘envisioner’ is not in the Oxford Dictionary.

TTO_headerWhat is TELUS Transformation Office you ask?

There is plenty more to share and discover on the TTO official website, or with the press release but the highlights are as follows:

  • An organizational culture change service provider offering assessment, consulting and learning services
  • Specialization in a few key areas:
    • Leadership
    • Digital Readiness
    • Connected Learning
    • Career and Talent
    • Flexible Work Styles
    • Onboarding and Induction
  • Development of strategy, collateral, content and implementation is also an option


If you’ve frequented this space, you know I’m a walking Venn Diagram consisting of leadership, collaboration technologies and learning practices. It’s not only my working life purpose, it is the basis of Flat Army and what I’ve been doing for the better part of my entire career.

At TELUS — a Canadian based telecommunications company with over $11 billion in revenues — we had the fortune of watching employee engagement shift from 53% to 83% over a period of time that involved an amazing number of changes through an amazing group of people from coast to coast. Now it’s our chance to give back and help other organizations, leaders and employees who may want some assistance to shift their internal, organizational mindset.

My Excitement is Oozing

I’ve had the great fortune of working with brilliant people over my now twenty year career.

(Editors Note: 20 years? Holy smokes.)

This next opportunity gives me a chance to work with many more people who seek such change. It’s taking me back to my roots as an educator when I was helping those who sought guidance with their career and knowledge span. This time around — through TELUS Transformation Office — the focus is on culture, employee engagement and a more open and harmonious organizational mindset.

I can’t begin to tell you how exciting this is for me.

You had me at ‘hello’.

I get to continue being me — inventing, philosophizing, developing, leading, writing, speaking and dreaming — while helping others. It doesn’t really get much better than that. Well, I hope the next book sells better, but that’s a whole other matter.

Are You Interested?

If you, your organization or an organization that you have in mind might be interested in our services … we’re now open for business. Check out the video below for some insight into the TELUS story, and drop me a line if you’d like to chat.

13 Replies to “My Next Role Is …”

  1. Congrats Dan!!
    Sounds like your dream job (although is it really considered a job if it’s work you love doing so much:))

    Cheers mate.

  2. Remember you telling me about this last summer Dan. Exciting times indeed. Sounds like a perfect job. I’ll do a blog on this if you don’t mind? It’s a neat example of ‘inside out’ innovation.

  3. Congratulations Dan! I’m excited for you and the organizations you’ll be working with. I can’t wait to hear and learn from the success stories of those transformations.

  4. @Daniel – wow, those are kind words, many thanks.

    @Danielle – you are spot on … #winning 🙂

    @Adi – thanks so much, and yes of course, I’d be delighted to read what you have to say

    @Wendy – it reminds of a certain HTP start-up business that you and I launched. Good times.

  5. Hi Dan, my goodness! Talking about levelling up the game into more awesome things! TELUS is very lucky to have you and the whole bunch of people who keep inspiring you to do what you do best, not just with TELUS, but everyone who has got the privilege to know you (read, speak or listen to you): enabling knowledge workers to re-define how now only they should view work, but also realise it into their own workflows. The shift has already begun when you folks completely transformed and re-engaged back the workforce to a huge % while the rest of the world just can’t come even close. With this new initiative and exciting adventure I can only hope to be sitting right next to the shoulders of giants, perhaps through osmosis, learn how you will continue to change the world to become a better place.

    Congratulations on the journey, Dan! The first 20 years have been good fun! The following 20 will be transformational! Well done!

    1. Hi Dan, oh, don’t mention it, my friend. I meant every single word from the above comment. It’s just such a huge treat for us all to share plenty of common social spaces where we can learn from your experiences and thoughts put together that we are just that: simply privileged. Thanks ever so much for allowing us to tap into your thinking and learn along the way through your generous contributions! I can assure you we are all becoming better as a result of it.

      PS. Oh, and I *do* mean each and everyone of these words, too! 🙂

  6. @Barbara – thanks a lot. We’ll be sure to post our success stories (and hiccups) for others to learn from.

    @Caroline – it’s no PhD, but ya, it’s definitely a high. Thanks for dropping by.

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