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Best of thoughtLEADERS 2016: A Basket of Kickass

It’s time again for our annual year in review list of the BEST posts we’ve published over the last 12 months. Welcome to the 2016 edition of The Figgies (our EIGHTH YEAR of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, […]




8 Elements that Differentiate Your Business and Make it Stand Out

Differentiating your business and making it stand out isn’t about cosmetic external attributes. It’s about sharing the internal elements that make your business different. Today’s post is from Winnie Brignac Hart, co-author of Stand Out (CLICK HERE to get your copy). Today, we’re bombarded with marketing messages from every side – the New York Times […]




How effectively do your content marketing efforts drive action?

Our reader poll today asks: How effectively do content marketing efforts (blogs, white papers, etc.) drive action by your customers? – Extremely — our content marketing drives great lead generation: 6.06% – Generally — our content sometimes sparks new conversations with prospects/clients: 34.55% – Not at all — our content generates few, if any, comments, […]




Magnetic: The Art of Attracting Business

Growing your business is all about understanding how to attract and retain customers. There are several simple techniques you can apply immediately to make customers flock to your business. Today’s post is by Joe Calloway, author of Magnetic (CLICK HERE to get your copy). We’ve entered an entirely new marketplace for business with an entirely […]




Best of thoughtLEADERS 2015: Even Better than Last Year

It’s time again for our annual year in review list of the BEST posts we’ve published over the last 12 months. Welcome to the 2015 edition of The Figgies (our SEVENTH YEAR of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, […]




How to Deal With Someone Taking Credit for Your Work

When someone else takes credit for your work, there are four steps you must take: seek clarification, request it be fixed, get mad, then get over it. We’ve all had that experience where we work really hard on something and instead of getting recognized for our contribution, we have to sit there and choke back […]




9 Reasons Your LinkedIn Profile Views Dropped and Best Ways to Fix It

Are you experiencing profile view dropped on your LinkedIn Profile?  These 9 reasons your profile views dropped will help provide the fixes you need. Today’s post is by Lisa Rangel – an Executive Resume Writer and Official LinkedIn Moderator at ChameleonResumes.com. LinkedIn can be a truly powerful tool for creating meaningful business connections across the […]




Best of thoughtLEADERS 2014: Seriously Our Awesomest Stuff Yet

It’s time again for our annual year in review list of the BEST posts we’ve published in 2014. Welcome to the 2014 edition of The Figgies (our SIXTH of em!  Wow!) which are the awards we give ourselves for writing awesome blog content (here are the 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012, and 2013 editions of those […]




Why there’s No Right Way to do Things Like Strategy

Today’s post is by Natasha Golinsky, founder of Next Level Nonprofits. I saw an article on Harvard Business Review this week that I thought was dead on –Why Smart People Struggle with Strategy. As I read the quote “The problem with smart people is that they are used to seeking and finding the right answer; […]




10 Things that Took Me 10 Years to Learn

Happy Birthday to me! No, it’s not my birthday (although you can send me gifts if you like).  It’s thoughtLEADERS‘ birthday and the firm just turned 10.  10 years old.  Mind-boggling. In those 10 years I’ve had ups and downs.  I’ve learned a great deal as an entrepreneur, an executive, a leader, and a person.  […]