Thursday, November 23, 2006
Thought Leadership requires thinking out loud...
Let those around you hear what you're thinking and invite input on your thoughts. The effect of doing thinking out loud and publicly is that it will probably evoke opinions which either support, amplify or contradict and minimize. Some might say "I have a similar but different idea that is Perhaps Better" response, leading to interaction and Dialog.
Of course, there will be those whose attempt to derail thought leadership, but it is vital that you always take the high road. Whether they are successful in exposing vulnerabilities is irrelevant as exposure of your intelligence, knowledge and thoughtful processes are more important. Sometimes critics are envious, but at other times critics are also your best friends.
Sometimes being a thought leader requires great insensitivity to criticism as no one really wants to hear that they are not perfect. They know they're not, but they don't want you to know. The real question is whether these same critics are capable of constructive criticism. In case, they aren't and you are one of them, here are some tips:
- Balance your criticism with praise - everyone has good things and bad things
- If they have an idea, consider offering to help out. You should be life giving and not life draining
- If you don't offer guidance beforehand, maybe it is better to shut your piehole and not criticize after the fact
- Trackback but do so because of some greater objective other than the simple dissection of strengths and weaknesses
- You can't demand or expect that other people's minds operate by your rules.
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