Todd Talks Change Management at NYU


Honored to be asked to speak on the panel of a great event at the NYU Wasserman Career Center -- co-hosted by the NYU Student SHRM Chapter -- on the topic of Change Management.

As "the only constant is change," there was much to talk about. While my three fellow panelists (from Oracle, EY, and Global Brands) worked full-time in change management consulting, I focused more on "change leadership" and the importance of emphasizing the human elements involved in large-scale change initiatives.

In addition to drawing on my experience from teaching John Kotter's classic "8-Step Change Process" in my NYU class for many years, I focused on the fact that "In an ever-changing world, if you're standing still, you're falling behind"...and the crucial importance of continuous learning.

There were approximately 60 students in attendance (including 12 of my current and/or former students), and the even was simulcast globally to NYU students from NYC to Shanghai to Abu Dhabi.

Click here to check out the video.

Proud to be featured in the NYU SPS SHRM Chapter "HR Spotlight"

As my students know from my many horror stories, I worked for way too many horrible bosses earlier in my career. Figuring that there had to be a better way to manage and lead people than through tyranny and abuse, I dove head-first into studying the world of management and leadership, and have since made it my personal mission to do my part to rid the world of bad bosses…thereby “Helping to make the world a better place…one leader at a time.”

So, in addition to running a leadership consulting, training, and coaching firm called BigBlueGumball, for the past seven years I’ve also been an adjunct professor at NYU in the HRMD Master’s program where I co-teach with Jeff Schwartzman a popular graduate course entitled “Leadership and Team Building.” One of our primary goals is to teach HR professionals how to put the “humanity” back into “Human” Resources; and one of the ways we do this is by providing our students with a variety of classic and cutting edge management and leadership tools, tips, and techniques designed to help them each to maximize their performance, their productivity, and their potential.

As we believe that “The true value of knowledge is not in its accumulation, but in its application,” and that “Wisdom is where Knowledge and Experience meet,” we try to set our students up for success by showing them how what we do in the classroom translates into the outside world, and encourage them to always look for ways to connect the three corners of the learning triangle between our class content, the external world, and their own lives – past, present, and future.

What makes our approach unique (and, we think, fun!) is our creative methodology called VisuaLeadership®, which is all about leveraging the power of visual imagery, mental models, metaphors, and storytelling to manage and lead ourselves and our people. For example, in one early classroom exercise, when we ask students to call out the first word that comes to mind when they hear the word "leadership," many immediately blurt out, "Vision!" And when we ask them to define what they mean by "vision" in the context of leadership, it tends to be all about a leader having a mental image of the future: a picture, that they see in their "mind's eye" of an idealized future state that is different from -- and better than -- the current reality. And, so, with that description in mind, equipping, empowering, and inspiring our students to turn their own visions into reality lies at the heart of what we do and how we do it.

The French novelist Marcel Proust famously wrote that “The real voyage of discovery consists not in seeking new lands, but in seeing with new eyes.” Similarly, our hope is that through our teaching, our students’ eyes will be opened to a whole new world of possibilities.

For more of Todd’s thoughts on “leadership and learning,” please check out his blog column on LinkedIn.

Leadership Lessons at Columbia University

Just finished my third year of teaching a 3-day highlights version of my NYU "Leadership & Teambuilding" course for grad students in the MFA (Master of Fine Arts) theater program at Columbia University!

In addition to the excitement of being on this amazing Ivy League campus right in the heart of NYC (on 116th & Broadway), I really enjoyed working with these future Broadway stage managers to help them develop their leadership capabilities...while, at the same time, finally getting a chance to incorporate into my teaching numerous references to Shakespeare and Les well as a wide array of showtunes!

Todd Moderates Panel at NYU's Fall 2016 Orientation Event

Thanks to the NYU School of Professional Studies for inviting me to moderate this terrific panel discussion to welcome the incoming class of the Division of Programs in Business. Focusing on the three themes of Community, Engagement, and Collaboration, this conversation helped to get the new academic year off to an exciting start!

Todd Quoted in Fast Company on "How to Make the Most of Your Temp Gig"

How To Make The Most Out Of Your Temp Gig
Working a temporary job this summer? Here's how to make it count before your time's up.


They may not be glamorous, they probably won’t be easy, and they might not pay very well, but temp jobs can—and do—lead to successful careers in rewarding fields of work. Just ask Todd Cherches, CEO and cofounder of BigBlueGumball, a New York City–based career consulting, training, and coaching firm:

After graduating from college, I got into the temp pool at Walt Disney Studios in LA. After a series of eight different weeklong temp jobs, the last one led to an amazing full-time assistant-level job in comedy development working for a writer/producer.

Just because you’re not on the permanent payroll doesn’t mean you can’t reap big benefits from a summer temp gig. You just have to put in the effort and treat your temporary job like it’s the dream job you’re hoping for.

For the rest of the article, here's the link.