Thought leadership has become a pretty common buzzword among many industries, and like other popular terms, it’s tempting to dismiss it as a meaningless jargon invented to help people feel more important. Should the term be dismissed as jargon? Well, the answer is “it depends” — the phrase has an important meaning, but just like words such as “expert,” watch out for people using it frivolously. The signs of a real thought leader are easy to spot, but becoming one isn’t such an easy task.
Are you tired of emailing people and not getting responses? You need to move forward with a decision or need critical feedback, you ask them to reply, but most of the time it seems like they just ignore you. Sometimes they haven’t even looked over the email. Yes, it is their fault for not responding, but there are some things you can adjust in your email writing style to elicit more responses from people.
We all hate meetings. Even if you’re the person running them. They’re dreaded, unproductive, and usually a waste of time. But meetings themselves aren’t boring, it’s the people running them. By rethinking how you conduct meetings, they can actually be useful. No, seriously.