5 Ways to Ensure Your Employees Are Ready to ‘Take the Stage’​ As Thought Leaders

2021-12-08T23:20:06+00:00By |Building a Thought Leading Organization|

Has your organization put ‘thought leadership’ as one of its goals for 2021? You’re not alone. Increasingly, I'm hearing from organizations of all types and sizes that are prioritizing thought leadership, understanding that building a reputation as forward-thinking, standing out for their expertise, adding value through advocating for and advancing change in their industry or society – these are all ways that organizations build trust and attract the right customers, partners and [...]

Leaving Your C-Suite Job? Time to Invest in Thought Leadership

2021-12-08T23:25:54+00:00By |Getting Started as a Thought Leader|

This last year was a doozy and most of the C-Suite executives I know hunkered down, just trying to keep the job they have and keep their teams and companies on track. But with vaccine access becoming widespread, it feels like hope is (finally) on the horizon. And with that hope comes a new focus on … what’s next? You may be asking yourself should I position myself for a new, bigger [...]

Entrepreneurial Thought Leader: Lisa Hufford

2021-10-25T23:41:34+00:00By |Building a Thought Leading Organization, Interview With a Thought Leader, Strategies & Tactics for Thought Leaders|

I recently had the opportunity to interview Lisa Hufford, author of Navigating the Talent Shift, and founder and CEO of Simplicity Consulting -- a $40M on-demand marketing and communications consulting business in the Pacific Northwest. The sad truth is that there are far too few women CEOs who have written a well-respected business book to showcase their ideas and build their brand, so I was intrigued to speak with Lisa right from the start. Lisa [...]

Thought Leader or Expert? You Decide

2021-10-25T23:39:38+00:00By |Getting Started as a Thought Leader, Thought Leadership Mindset & Skillset|

Here’s what I’ve been thinking about lately…what’s the difference between someone who is an expert in their field and someone who is a well-known expert? And what about someone who is a well-known expert in their field vs. someone who is a well-respected thought leader? Often the terms expert and thought leader are used synonymously, but actually, I believe that while expertise is a pre-requisite for thought leadership, being an expert is [...]

Start Your New Year With a Life Audit

2021-03-23T01:25:17+00:00By |Strategies & Tactics for Thought Leaders|

Are you ready to kick off your New Year with a bit of annual planning? Try the Life Audit.I first discovered the life audit in 2014 in this great article on Medium by Ximena Vengoechea a design researcher at Twitter. While Ximena does a thorough and masterful job of describing the complete process, here is my short-cut version for those in a hurry.1) dream big (and broadly)To conduct a life audit you need lots of post-it [...]

What’s Scaring Your Team Away From Building Influence?

2021-10-25T23:33:08+00:00By |Getting Started as a Thought Leader, Interview With a Thought Leader|

I was on the phone recently with Holly Hamann, Co-Founder, and CMO of TapInfluence, talking about how they have been building a thought leadership culture throughout their organization. Holly shared some of her lessons learned and then we got to talking about some of the myths and misconceptions that scare people away from taking their first steps to building influence. Given that it’s almost Halloween, I thought I’d share a few of [...]

Magic of the Mastermind

2021-02-07T04:26:19+00:00By |Getting Started as a Thought Leader, Strategies & Tactics for Thought Leaders|

Every entrepreneur and executive needs a safe place to test their ideas and expand their thinking. Is it time to join a mastermind? Some years ago, I participated in a magical retreat on the shores of Morro Bay in Southern California. The combination of a squadron of pelicans, pods of porpoises, and a plethora of fascinating people definitely made this a weekend to remember. The retreat was hosted by my friend and [...]

How I Learned to Create An Abundance Mindset

2021-02-07T04:26:02+00:00By |Thought Leadership Mindset & Skillset|

In December, my friends Sam and Mary and I were on vacation in Hawaii awaiting our spa appointments (yes it was a good day) when Mary suggested that over the next 365 days we all agree to play the Money Game together. She explained that every day we would text each other a short note -- from wherever we were in the world -- to stipulate where we would give our “money” [...]

Thought Leadership Tools: How Do You Prepare a Great Talk?

2021-04-18T18:20:15+00:00By |Strategies & Tactics for Thought Leaders, Thought Leadership Mindset & Skillset|

As a longtime speaker, I still frequently struggle to develop a great talk – one that is both memorable and provides some lasting change for those in the audience. When someone offers a book, class, tool or template that can help, I sit up and take notice. Thus, I was happy to be included in JD Schramm’s Stanford workshop last week for the students selected to deliver LOWKeynote talks this year. There he shared his ideas [...]

How to Establish Your Credibility in a New Setting

2021-04-18T18:02:54+00:00By |Getting Started as a Thought Leader, Strategies & Tactics for Thought Leaders|

A longtime consultant friend of mine recently joined a senior CEO group in order to build connections and scale her business. After attending her first meeting, she shared with me her dismay that the other CEOs in the room – all men – treated her as something of the junior partner in the room. While each of them was welcoming and eager to share their expertise, she was surprised at how they [...]

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