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Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.

Written by: Vickie Sullivan  |  May 23, 2013

Reality Check

I have a soft spot in my heart for the weird and wonderful ideas that make me stop and think.  So it’s no surprise that this spaghetti-on-the-wall Forbes article got my attention quick.

While some of these practices can make you obnoxious (see item #1: pick fights; and #3: purposely offend), isn’t it a matter of approach and degree?  Instead of picking a fight, can we ask tough questions so folks can defend what they know?  And instead of calling someone an idiot (a common habit in my 20s), can’t we call out bad behavior without attacking the person?

Look past the 30,000-foot view and ask yourself some tough questions.  Do we really know when to quit?  Are we willing to ignore consensus when our own data tells a different story?  This article has mini springboards for a deeper conversation with ourselves.  And that’s what we thought leaders are supposed to do isn’t it:  make our readers think?

 


About Vickie Sullivan

Vickie Sullivan is internationally recognized as the top market strategist for thought leaders, professional speakers and B2B professional service firms. Specializing in brand and message strategies in crowded markets, she has helped thousands of talented people outsmart their competition since 1987.