10 Steps to Successful Thought Leadership to Elevate Your Career and Your Organization

As employees seek to strengthen their identity in the workplace they must find ways to make an immediate impact for the betterment of the company as well as themselves.  This requires a commitment to share your voice with others so that your influence can be naturally felt throughout your team, your department and the organization.   Strengthening your identity is not a self-serving act, but rather a responsibility to those that you serve.  The goal is to become a thought leader.  

What is a Thought Leader?

A thought leader is a person who identifies trends, common themes and patterns within a particular industry or functional area of expertise to help others identify new opportunities or solutions for growth.

Most people believe that thought leadership is only for senior executives. In the traditional workplace, this still is the case. However, in the new workplace where the sharing of ideas is welcomed regardless of hierarchy or rank, any employee can be a thought leader. In today’s business world, the most relevant employees are starting the conversations – and benefitting both individual and corporation.

What are the steps to becoming a thought leader as an employee in your organization?

In the brave new world created by the economic shifts of the last 5 years, successful participants will let go of old-fashioned thinking, change their resource model and vision, and begin to get to know the new hierarchy. They’ll launch their thought leadership based on the strength of their onsite and online community that they have developed.  And they’ll develop an identity that will give them longevity and security in an insecure world.

After many years of developing my thought leadership platform (The Immigrant Perspective), I would like to help you with yours.   Here are my (10) most effective steps to successful thought-leadership

Now if you’ve read this far, you just have to follow the ‘via’ link to read the rest of the article. Comment, call or ‘connect’ so we can talk about how this applies to your organization…

Day 2: The high price of cheap technology

Trying to squeeze another couple of years out of the president’s laptop? Think again about TCO or the ‘total cost of ownership’. Not buying the right technology at the right time could cost you thousands in lost productivity…

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Best of 2010: Katie Couric and Brian Solis on the Importance of Social Media

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A $38.67 investment that will change your year

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If it’s true that the first hour is the ‘rudder of the day’ than the next few weeks are the ‘rudder of the year’. If you lead an organization like I do, here are 4.5 books that will give you all the insight you need to chart a course for the year…

Here they are in their recommended order of reading:

  1. 7 Habits of Highly Effective People. There’s a reason why this book is one of the most popular of all time. Read or reread it!
  2. Getting Things Done. Another book that has become so popular that people have forgotten why.
  3. Awesomely Simple. This one is new, but powerful enough to be a must read for me.
  4. Your Best Year Yet! Enough said.
  5. The Autobiography of Benjamin Franklin. What? Yes, read it. Franklin outlines his systematic approach to building new habits here.

Now for the how. Yes, I’m even going to tell you how to read them. Read them via Kindle. “What”, you say? “I’m not going to buy a Kindle just to read these books!” “Well”, I say, “you don’t have to”. Kindle software runs on Windows, Mac, iPhone, iPad, iPod Touch, Android, Windows Phone 7, BlackBerry and via web browser. It synchronizes wirelessly between devices creating a virtual library of all the books you download allowing you to use them anywhere at any time. So, if I’m reading a book on my Sprint Evo and highlight a section that I want to go back to later, when I get to my computer and synchronize my books, the same selection will be highlighted, along with any notes I’ve made, on my PC. Did I mention that most Kindle books are around $10 as well? Read more of this post

This Is the Best of Lifehacker 2010

According to Google Reader, Lifehacker is one of the 10 sites I read most. When they do a best of, it’s BEST OF! Follow the ‘via’ link for the list…

Mission accomplished!

For many years, I've had the goal of developing a system and process that would drive traffic so well that my site would be ranked within the top 100,000 sites in the US. This morning, I reached that goal. Why should you care? Because this is a simple, repeatable process that I can teach anyone to use — comment, call or contact me to learn more…

What’s holding you back?

The beautiful view from my deck in rural northeast Wisconsin is a great reminder of the power I have to publish and promote; from anywhere to anywhere!

I’ve worked hard to develop a simple blogging workflow that can empower even the most basic computer user. I don’t care if you’re Mac, Windows, Linux, or even Smartphone or iPad — my practical, tactical approach to social media can help  you publish and promote your passion whatever it might be. But “Wah!”, you might say, “I don’t want to learn anything new!” Can you send an email? Can you save a bookmark? Then I can teach you how you can leverage social media to help establish your thought leadership position…

We’re now in an unparalleled time in history where everyone has the power to publish — the question is, will you take advantage of it? I post here every day, day after day, the best of the insight God has given me into leveraging these new media tools. If it makes sense to you, use it, great! If not you know the drill — comment, call or contact me and I’ll be happy to net it out for you!

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