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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 not in itself sufficient for someone to be a thought leader. There are a few other key pieces that have to be in place.

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7 Roadblocks to Thought Leadership–and How to Overcome Them

Opportunities abound for leaders from all walks of life to utilize thought leadership strategies in order to gain visibility and credibility for their ideas. So why, then, do so few pursue these avenues? What are the roadblocks that hold people back and how can you overcome them?

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8 Great Strategies for Change Agent Success

Last week, I led a workshop about what it takes to be a change agent – one of my favorite topics – for an audience of Bay Area women executives and corporate attorneys. We had a lively discussion about the joys and journeys of change agents and by the end of the session, we’d come up with a few important best practices for successful change agents.

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Are You “There” Yet? If Not, Perhaps It’s Time to Change Your Attitude

Do you believe that your success has as much to do with your attitude as any actions that you might take? I do! And last weekend, I had two conversations that definitely reinforced that belief.

The first conversation was at a lovely afternoon party where I was re-introduced to a woman I had met a few times before, many years ago — let me call her Mary for the sake of simplicity. As we sat outside in the sun drinking lemonade, Mary told me that she really wanted to serve on a corporate board but had no idea how to go about it.

Mary, I soon learned, has achieved significant distinction in her field since we last met. She has a PhD, which she received at a very young age, and was honored with a prestigious award in her field. She works as an executive at a major technology company advising senior leadership and the company’s board in her area of expertise. She is also a newly appointed professor at a major university business school, her alma mater, and regularly gives paid speeches at large industry conferences for significant fees.

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An Evening with Thought Leader Robin Chase, Founder of Zipcar

Last night I had the chance to re-connect with Robin Chase, Co-Founder of ZIpcar and Buzzcar (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.

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5 Key Components of Great Posts (on LinkedIn)

There are so many times every day that I see great articles/blog posts, but so few times that the author does a great job of creating a winning piece. There is one article shared on LinkedIn today that has all the right components. I’d give it an A+.

Here’s the link: Can Angela and Tim Create Apple 3.0 or Not, by Steve Tappin, Chief Executive, Xinfu, Host BBC CEO Guru & Founder, World Of CEOs

5 Components of Winning Posts

So what makes this an A+ post? I would say it was the combination of 5 components.

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