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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  |  April 12, 2012

The HIGH Price of Thought Leadership

Was consoling a cool client last month who was getting copied right and left by a competitor.  I told her to buck up and get over it because this is what happens to thought leaders.  She felt better, I felt smug and then…I got copied.  The timing here is a great example that the good Lord has a sense of humor.

Yep, my communication style — right down to the stats, short sentences and using “folks” every once in a while — is now being used on social media by someone who thinks she does what I do.  My initial reaction:  EEEEWWWWW.  Sure, my content has been copied for years — I got over that.  But my style?  This is a first.  I was floored.

So I ran griping to a colleague who told me the very same thing I told my client:  buck up and get over it.  It’s the price for being a thought leader.  And…no matter what someone takes from you, they will never BE you.

That last sentence is something I forgot.  It’s something we all need to remember.

Sigh…now I feel better.


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.