Join a Thought Leadership Circle
Are you ready to be a thought leader but finding it a little lonely on your own? Over the last 8 years, I have had the privilege of working with hundreds of leaders on their journey to become thought leaders and what I've discovered is that often the journey takes longer than we expect and it takes commitment and support.
In 2016, I had the opportunity to teach an MBA class about thought leadership and during the course we assigned students to join a thought leadership circle -- a tribe of 3 or 4 others who could support their efforts. Each participant in the circle was pursuing their own thought leadership topic and assignments, but they came together to strengthen each others' ideas, hone their own and each others' arguments and critique and improve each others' writing and presentations.
By the end of the course, I was amazed to see how far they had progressed -- much further than many of my individual clients. When I asked the students to what they attributed their success, they spoke about the "safe space" that they had found in their circle, the great insights they had gained from their tribe-mates and the inspiration of watching the others make progress on their efforts.
That inspired me to think about how I could extend thought leadership circles outside of the classroom. Every few months, I launch a virtual thought leadership group. We have regular calls during which I share my expertise with all of the participants, and we use my book, Ready to Be a Thought Leader? as the text along with other readings, podcasts and videos. Each member of the group can choose to be assigned to a thought leadership circle of 3 or 4 others who are also working to progress on their thought leadership journey.
Who should participate? If you have already selected an area for thought leadership where you have some credibility and expertise and have an initiative underway in your organization, community or online that you'd like to spread the word about, then you are likely ready to join a thought leadership circle. The next step is to complete the questionnaire or keep reading for more details.
What is required? Are you ready to commit to attend regular calls with the group and complete assignments (ex: write a blog, OpEd, speech, create a video, etc.) and readings? Will you agree to review and comment on others' work (blog, video, etc.), be a cheerleader for your tribe-mates and hold yourself and others accountable? Are you ready to have some fun while making progress on your own thought leadership goals? Will you give feedback during and at the end of our meetings about what worked and didn't work for you? Then you are just the right person to participate!
How long and how much? Each group meets for 6 sessions, either once or twice a month. Video calls with the whole group are 60-90 minutes during which I'll share lots of information about thought leadership, best practices in moving your own thought leadership forward most effectively, case studies of other thought leaders and (of course) I'll take your questions about your progress.
There will be also be readings and assignments focused on getting in action around your thought leadership. I'll also provide access to some videos and other content about the specific steps of thought leadership that you can refer to as needed.
Tribes will set their own schedule of calls but will be expected to review and comment on each others' assignments between sessions. I'll even provide a form you can use to assure you provide helpful feedback.
Ready to participate? Complete the questionnaire and send it to me and I'll let you know when the next class begins.
Not sure what a thought leader is?
I'm not sure I'm qualified to participate: Don't count yourself out just yet. It's not required that you have already established yourself as a thought leader to participate. I believe that many more people have the potential to be thought leaders and that's why I'm leading these programs. If you are committed to effect change in your organization, industry, or around a cause you care about and if you have some efforts underway to bring about real change, then you likely qualify. This could be creating a new process or program in your company, leading a team or organization that is reshaping the way things have always been done, or leading change around an important cause in your community. If you have formulated and tested a new idea, program or initiative, but haven't yet made a lot of progress in scaling your impact, then please come along!
I have a lot on my plate: We are all busy, I get that. But isn't it on your to do list to be more influential, make a bigger impact, or move the needle about that cause you care about? Then this program is for you.
If you are really concerned, then let me know and I can alert you to the next session when it becomes available.
What is included? In addition to the 6 group calls, you'll have access to worksheets, videos and other content that I've developed and use with my clients. If you miss a call, they will be recorded for later playback. You'll also have your "tribe" -- a group of committed colleagues to help you stay on track and achieving your goals. I will also provide feedback on at least one piece of content you complete (speech, presentation, video, blog, OpEd) during the program -- you get to choose what to submit and when.
Can I join a group with a friend or colleague? Sure, just have them complete the online questionnaire and make a note that you'd like to be in the same group.
Price: The cost for the program is $595.00. There are payment plans available.
Questions? I'm sure you might have a few more, so you can drop me a line at any time.
Ready to participate? Complete the questionnaire and send it to me.