Thought Leader or Expert? You Decide

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 [...]

What’s Scaring Your Team Away From Building Influence?

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

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 to Establish Your Credibility in a New Setting

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 [...]

Why Should Thought Leaders Stay in Their Lane? Part II

BE OF SERVICE BY SHARING YOUR EXPERTISE, 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 [...]

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 [...]

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 [...]

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: [...]

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