Transcript: Thought leadership practitioners tend to be very busy people. But over my twenty years…
Using thought leadership in facilitating, training, and speaking.
An interview with Melissa Davies about organizational change and where processes and culture fit.
Today’s guest is Melissa Davies, Founder, and CEO of Wieseways Consulting, author of How Not to Act Like a BLEEP at Work, and founding member of the Global Institute for Thought Leadership. She is a Dynamic Facilitator, Educator & Executive Coach with a global perspective.
Melissa walks us through the path she took to become a thought leader. She started as an educator in Canada and the Middle East before landing in the States. Now, she uses her global insights to understand people, gain their trust, and provide a unique perspective to complex problems.
When seeking to improve leadership or teams, we often seek to introduce change. Melissa speaks about being intentional with those changes and using performance management. She explains why being mindful of the culture you are intending to introduce is important. Then, we examine the possible negative implications of those changes.
Our conversation concludes with a look at how COVID-19 has affected training. We will no doubt return to in-person training on some level, but the virtual method is here to stay. Melissa shares how the structure of presentations should change to keep the attention of an at-home audience.
Three Key Takeaways from the Interview
- If you are seeking to introduce thought leadership, find your audience’s common core and understand why they do things the way they do.
- When using thought leadership to build new processes, analyze the positives but also what negative impacts these changes might have.
- An online thought leadership presentation should be concise. Try to keep your presentations to 20 – 25 minutes before moving to discussion and activities.
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