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14 05, 2018

Personal branding: the starting point of thought leadership

Yes,  I know the term ‘personal branding’ has many of you cringing, reaching for the vomit bag or conjuring up images of people wearing red dresses, bow-ties, braces or oversized green glasses.And sure, at a very simplistic level, personal branding is in part that.

It’s the art of establishing a highly prescribed image or impression […]

8 05, 2018

Top five reasons why individuals are embracing thought leadership

Companies and business leaders have been using public relations and thought leadership for decades to build their visibility, status and standing in order to attract new clients and become the voice and authority for their industry.

Now with the advent of social media and the myriad of online communications at their disposal, individuals have the […]

17 04, 2018

Can anyone be a thought leader?

Sorry folks, there’s much more to it than meets the eye.

Either you’re a thought leader or you’re not. You already have knowledge others don’t have and the education, experience, know-how or original research to support this knowledge.

You’re also that person who is capable of original thinking, fresh ideas and new insights. You have the […]

10 04, 2018

Is thought leadership good for my career prospects?

This is a question I’m increasingly asked by ambitious executives looking to make it to the C-suite so I figured it was high time I provided a response – thought leadership IS without a doubt the best career insurance about!

And why do I say this?  In providing my answer, I thought I’d quote US […]

13 02, 2018

Time for academics to reclaim the thought leadership mantle

This wonderful blog posted on UK academic blogsite, Acadenema, pretty much sums up the state of play across academia globally:

Academics exist in a little bubble and are at risk of being left behind as tomorrow’s thought leaders.

According to blog author, Iain Woodhouse (who himself is an academic), while this ‘bubble-ness’ is what has made […]

15 01, 2018

Top five PR and communications trends for 2018

As we reluctantly pack away our thongs and bathers, don our city clothes and head back to the office after a well-earned summer break, our gaze inevitably turns to the horizon.
What will be the top communications and public relations trends for 2018 and how we can stay ahead of the curve? What does the […]

20 12, 2017

Six rules for creating the right kind of thought leadership content

Becoming an acknowledged thought leader will remain a key leadership aspirations into 2018 and beyond.
However, intrinsic to achieving this goal is the creation of content that not only positions you as an expert but that is useful, informative and … memorable.

Here are my top SIX thought leadership content rules that you should apply regardless […]

11 12, 2017

Using thought leadership to get ‘buy-in’ for your business idea

When I began the thought leadership arm of my public relations business 12 months ago, I was convinced that the people wanting to become thought leaders would be established entrepreneurs, business owners and CEOs of corporations and community groups.

It was with considerable surprise that I recently discovered while presenting a series of workshops that […]

27 11, 2017

As a CEO, are you missing the mark when it comes to thought leadership

Until recently, academics have reigned supreme as our thinkers and thought leaders.

However, with our growing emphasis on the knowledge economy, more and more CEOs, senior executives and business people are stepping into this role or weighing up whether or not to get involved.

Sadly many of those taking up the challenge are getting it wrong.

Why? […]

21 11, 2017

Here’s how Richard Branson, Sheryl Sandberg and Gary Vaynerchuk cut through the noise as thought leaders

In this fantastic article, Entrepreneur magazine addresses how individuals can rise above the clutter and commotion that is the online world and create thought leadership content that gets read, gets viewed and goes viral.

A lot of what the article recommends, I am happy to say, is what I have been rabbiting on about in […]