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Why Should Thought Leaders Stay in Their Lane? Part I

AN INTERVIEW WITH JO MILLER, BE LEADERLY This interview is part of an on-going series of articles I am doing about how people make the journey from leader to thought leader. See my previous interviews with Priya Huskins of Woodruff and Sawyer and Holly Hamann of Tap Influence.  This time, I had the pleasure of interviewing Jo Miller, CEO of Be Leaderly, one of my favorite thought leaders and speakers in the world of women's leadership. Over the [...]

An Evening With Robin Chase

Last night I had the chance to re-connect with Robin Chase, Co-Founder of Zipcar and Buzzcar (now Drivy) and a fellow Wellesley alum at the opening night reception of the Springboard Annual Forum. There we had a half-hour fireside chat discussing her past, present, and future initiatives and the change she would like to see in the world. Robin is a transportation innovator who has built upon her expertise in launching and leading one of the world’s [...]

How Is Thought Leadership Different From PR & Marketing?

A few years ago, I sat down with a friend who had just left her role as CEO of a prominent PR firm in Silicon Valley. I asked her which piece of her job she would miss the least. She smiled and said it was working with CEOs of technology companies who hired her team to remake them as thought leaders when they really didn’t have any original thoughts of their own [...]

What is a Thought Leader?

FROM A POST IN THE UK BUSINESS REPORTER Some people use the term “thought leader” as if all you have to do to earn that moniker is to start tweeting. This is hardly the case. Individuals with expertise, passion, and a track record of changing the world become thought leaders when they rise above themselves by sharing their knowledge so others can change the world too. Many thought leaders start as leaders [...]

How I Learned (Again) That Less is Really More

The secret to a great talk? Follow the grandma rule, remember to 'stick and click', and don't hesitate to repeat your top messages. I made a mistake last month, (ok, probably more than one), but one that I want to talk about here. I gave a talk at a local company about my new book that kinda bombed. Ouch. Now that a few weeks have passed, I can look back with a little [...]

Why Become a Thought Leader?

CAREER INSURANCE…FROM POST IN THE UK BUSINESS REPORTER In earlier posts, we explored what a thought leader is and how thought leadership is different from PR and marketing. Now you might be asking why you should make the journey from leader to thought leader. After all, there isn’t any research that I know of that proves that those that become thought leaders are always better paid or better off. Yet what I have witnessed is [...]

Where Are All the Women Entrepreneurs?

Sure, women start lots of companies. But where are the big, world-changing businesses run by women? I get asked this question all the time: Where are all the women entrepreneurs? I guess the people who ask figure that I should know: I’m the co-founder of the Forum for Women Entrepreneurs and co-founder of the Springboard Venture Forums which have helped women raise over $5 billion for their businesses. My response is simple: [...]

Sometimes It’s Just Right

Keep looking, you'll eventually find your tribe. And when you do, you'll know it. Do you ever feel like you’ve spent your whole life looking for that place you feel at home almost immediately? That place where you are surrounded by other people who are just as odd, just as different or just as uniquely wonderful as you are? I have. And the gift is that I have finally found them – [...]

Are You a Boundary Setter?

How do you become a thought leader? Become a boundary setter. That is the advice from four thought leaders who joined my panel at the Grace Hopper Celebration in Fall 2012. The panelists included Janet Murray of Georgia Tech, Candice Brown Elliott, CEO of Nouvoyance, Inc., Shelley Evenson, formerly with Facebook now Executive Director Organizational Evolution at Fjord, and Nina Bhatti, formerly of HP now doing a new start-up. There are two somewhat opposing contexts of thought leadership – thought leaders [...]

What Do I Do When No One Is Listening?

Thought leaders are often ahead of their time. They can find themselves ignored, overlooked, and even shunned. How do you overcome the naysayers? Imagine if you knew that the world was coming to an end, but no one would listen. I had the privilege of seeing the revival of the 1985 play, Normal Heart, at the American Conservatory Theater in San Francisco – a gut-wrenching exploration of the very beginnings of the HIV/AIDS [...]

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