Thought Leadership

Mischievous or Genius – exploring Thought Leadership

Mischievous or Genius The other day I was collecting dirty washing when I came across my daughter’s own version of Thought Leadership. In my youngest daughter’s room I discovered her school uniform hanging over her chair. Her shirt, tie and jumper were all in one, showing that she had taken them all off as one item. This […]

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‘Cool Story Bro’

Cool Story Bro Have you ever had anyone say ‘Cool Story Bro’ to you? If so, it is important to realise that it’s not a compliment. ‘Cool Story Bro’ is a catchphrase used as a sarcastic response to a lengthy or off the track story that the listener has no interest in. As an amused […]

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This is our story

This is our story

This is our story …or maybe not. As more companies realise the power of stories, they are increasingly including their story in marketing collateral. The ‘about us’ on websites has changed to ‘our story’ and marketing brochures contain ‘This is our story’. Some companies even place it on their packaging. I have even seen stories […]

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IABC World Conference 2017

Stories from Washington – IABC World Conference 2017

IABC World Conference 2017 I have just returned from Washington DC where I was the opening speaker at the IABC World Conference 2017. My speech was on authentic leadership, business storytelling and how we need to move away from jargon. The International Association of Business Communicators (IABC) is an amazing global organisation for business communication […]

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Authentic leadership – you can’t fake it

Have you been thrown by inauthentic leadership?   On Sunday, I will be the opening speaker at the IABC World conference in Washington DC where my keynote will cover authentic leadership and storytelling; two subjects that I write and speak about on a regular basis. I was therefore delighted when Alison Hobbs, a manager at […]

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Storytelling - is it worth the effort?

Storytelling – is it really worth the effort?

Effort Versus Ease ‘Storytelling – is it worth the effort?’ was at the core of a recent discussion I had with a senior exec called David. The conversation went something along these lines…   I have had many similar conversations on occasions with other people in business. Of course storytelling takes effort but if your […]

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Analogies – when should you use them?

When is an analogy bad? So let me ask you a question, ‘When is an analogy bad? ‘ The answer is when you have to explain it. Just like a joke, if you have to explain it, it doesn’t work. In an interview last week Donald Trump said, ‘We have to prime the pump’. He […]

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Sharing business storytelling successes

Share your business storytelling successes

Sharing your experiences with storytelling One of the things I love most about my job is when people let me know their business storytelling successes and the difference this communication tool has made to them in their career. Yesterday I received the below message from a colleague I used to work with over 15 years […]

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jargon sucks

Which industry uses the most jargon?

Corporate Jargon Every industry has its own corporate jargon and acronyms, as do most companies. But which industry do you think uses the most corporate jargon?   I spent the first 15 years of my career in technology where jargon and more specifically acronyms were plentiful. I still recall ringing IBM because I could not […]

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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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