Not Getting Promoted? Become a Thought Leader

If you’re like me, you’ve been (not so) secretly following the Ellen Pao gender discrimination trial that is going on in Silicon Valley right now. For those who don’t know the facts of the case, I refer you here. I do not wish to argue the details of the trial (which have come down in large part to he-said,

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How To Find Your Voice This Thanksgiving

As Thanksgiving approaches, I have been reflecting on a strange phenomenon that I witnessed this year as I traveled around the US talking about thought leadership. I call it the “I can’t, because…” phenomenon.

I first witnessed it in January, even before the official book launch, when I sat down for lunch with a group of Bay Area women leaders and discussed what was holding them back from becoming thought leaders.

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Recipe For A Successful Thought Leader

Ever wondered what it takes to create a successful thought leader? Here is my recipe, inspired by my friend, the fabulous ‘frock-leader’ Suzie Woodward Morris.


In a Large-Capacity Mixing Bowl, Whisk Together:

  1. 1 Whole-Hearted Leader
  2. 1 Open Mind
  3. 4 Cups of Desire To Make a Difference
  4. Daily Sprinkling of Confidence
  5. 4 Cups of Commitment,

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Ready to Be a Thought Leader? Conversation with TIE SV

Recently, I was invited to join the TIE (The Indus Entrepreneurs) Silicon Valley community to give a talk about my recent book, Ready to Be a Thought Leader?. I’ll admit I was surprised by the wonderful turn-out and delighted by the level of engagement.

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Picking the Right Job?: Add Thought Leadership to the Mix

A past client of mine called me this week because she was trying to decide between two good job options – one at a large company where she’d been consulting part-time for the last year and one with a new start-up. Like most job seekers, she was more excited about one option than the other,

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Great Career Insurance: Become a Thought Leader

The career advice that many of us received from our parents, from our college career center, and even from our mentors and advisors is sadly out of date in today’s constantly-evolving world of work. It is no longer enough to work hard, dress for success or even find a job you love and are better at than most.

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What I Learned About Failure on My Summer Vacation

When I was young, we lived near a wonderful library where every summer we could participate in a reading club — earning stars and ribbons for reading and completing oral book reports on what we learned from a wide variety of books set aside on a special shelf. The books were varied and the librarians were invariably friendly and the library was a welcome air-conditioned destination on a hot summer afternoon.

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3 Things I Learned From Having My Book Published

From 2011-2013, I went through the process of publishing my first book with Wiley Press/Jossey-Bass. This experience was nothing like what I expected, so I thought I’d share the three things I wish I’d known before I started.


Publishing a Book Requires a Platform,

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3 Things I Learned From Writing a Book: Love, Sweat & Fear

For the last 14 years, I have had writing a book on my to do list. Now that it is done (learn more here) and out in the world, I thought I should share what I learned from the process.

Writing a Book is a Labor of Love,

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Are You Ready to Be a Change Agent?

I had the pleasure of being interviewed by Caroline Dowd-Higgins on her podcast Your Working Life. Caroline is a nationally syndicated columnist and the author of This is Not the Career I Ordered!

Enjoy the replay here.

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