The Edge - Thought Leadership Program

Gain the edge with Thought Leadership

What is Thought Leadership? Thought Leadership is suffering from an identity crisis at the moment. Some people hate the term and the concept while others are embracing it as way to gain a competitive edge. However mostly, it is just misunderstood. Joel Kurtzman, editor-in-chief of the Booz Allen Hamilton magazine coined the phrase ‘Thought Leadership’ back […]

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Your actions generate stories

Like it or not people are telling stories about you. They can be positive or negative, with the focus on you or your company. These stories will be based on the actions or decisions you have made. When I work with organisations, I spend a lot of time training leaders in the skills required to […]

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Why are dogs bad storytellers?

The other day a client sent me a joke that her son told her.       Why are dogs bad storytellers? ….because they only have one tail.       That is funny and true on many levels. If you share stories in business, you need to include a variety of examples. If you […]

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Lesson from La La Land

Last week I flew to New Zealand for work and watched the much acclaimed movie, La La Land. You know, the movie that won best picture for about 30 seconds. It’s a bit of a feel good musical so probably not my favourite genre. Pulp Fiction is my favourite move of all time so black […]

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How to find stories for work

When I first start working with clients on storytelling in business, the most common concern I hear is, ‘I don’t have any stories because I’m just normal’. This is quickly followed by, ‘Where do you find your stories?’. Everyone has stories, regardless of what you do, who you are or how ‘normal’ you think you […]

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The four types of stories you need in business

One of the biggest mistakes leaders make when they embark on storytelling in business is to rely on one story or one type of story. For example only telling the same story over and over again or only sharing stories about your children or training for a marathon. Over the last decade of working with […]

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What I have learnt in 50 years

On Thursday I turn 50 and like any milestone birthday it’s a great time to reflect on where you are at and what you have achieved. After contemplating the last 50 years, I am grateful for all the wonderful things in my life such as my health, wonderful family, supporting friends, amazing career and opportunities […]

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The Science of Storytelling

You might already be aware that telling a story makes good sense, but it is more than that. It is actually based on good science. In the 2014 Harvard Business Review article, ‘Why your brain loves good storytelling’, neuroeconomist, Paul Zak, revealed the powerful impact the love hormone oxytocin has on the brain when we […]

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How not to propose this Valentine’s Day

On Valentine’s Day there will be many romantic wedding proposals around the globe. Of course, there are many ways to propose to your loved one… My nephew recently popped the question by placing a fake ring under water while he and his partner were scuba diving. In contrast, my husband, who is a very practical […]

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Are you a jargon junkie?

The business world is full of jargon junkies using corporate speak and acronyms on a daily basis. But make no mistake, every time we use corporate jargon and acronyms we disconnect and isolate people, regardless of whether we mean to or not. While most of us use jargon or acronyms unwittingly and without menace, some airlines have […]

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