Now let the examples roll in!
IPVMU Certified | 03/13/14 08:43pm
Glad you made it a Public article.
John, I won't disagree that most of these guys have agendas or lack original development of ideas and positions...BUT I would like to know what you saw that triggered your comments. Either you are fishing for controversy or reacting to something.....inquiring minds want to know :)
IPVMU Certified | 03/13/14 09:39pm
My neighbor next door sells a multi-level marketing automobile engine additive. Every time I see him, he tries to get me to buy a bottle, or sign up to become a distributor 'under him'.
He's a nice guy and a good neighbor, so I just smile and say 'no thanks', but I think he sees me as some kind of 'big fish' he must convert into a sell, because always is trying different angles to get me to buy.
Last weekend, he pitched me again on becoming a dealer and tried to give me a new t-shirt emblazoned with his product's logos and the words "AUTOMOTIVE'S MOST ELITE THOUGHT LEADERS" printed on the front.
He kept going: "We are setting the new standard for business success here, Brian. What's stopping you?"
His smile quickly turned to urgent concern for the time, as he sensed my boiling disgust, and he quickly left.
That phrase irritates me so bad...
In Canada, Usually a Court of Law will Qualify you as an Expert Winess as being an expert in a very specific field for the specific trial. If you are Qualified as an Expert Witness which only allows you to Render an Opinion on the Subject you are Qualified, nothing more. You can be recognized as an expert in one Court case, and sometimes Not in an other or higher court. That and a dollar will get you a bag of chips if your lucky. Your only an Expert until they find someone who knows a little more than you. Court have a Standard that Judges must follow, Civilian Companies don't and a lot of time their Marketing personel creates these so called "Expert" truly is a "Buyers Beware"
Here's a classic example of bullshit 'though leadership' :
What is this 'interview series'? It's an advertorial.
Bottom line: 'thought leadership' and 'industry experts' are utterly worthless.
The punditsphere is apparently mortified at your comments. Which is to say, you must have a point since the are talking about you.
All the more reason to work with the Brains that do the grunt work for the face and body boys;
e.g. Technical Sales Specialists, Pre-Sales Engineers, Field Applications Engineers, Systems Engineers....
John . . . great article. At Commend I have taken a completely different approach to being and "expert" or "thought leader." I hired a great trainer to teach my managers about the industry from a whole different perspective. My team are experts on our solutions but were not necessarily knowledgeable about things that are truly important to the clients we serve with communication solutions. We have quickly separated ourselves from the industry pack based upon the conversation and talking points we have with customers. Today our team talks about things like OSHA 3148, General Duty Clause, Reasonable Man Test (foreseeability), Negligence vs. Gross Negligence, IPAWS (Integrated Public Alert Warning System), EOP (Emergency Operation Plans), IAP (Incident Action Plan), EASI (Estimation of Adversary Sequence Interruption), these along with ICS-100, ICS-200, FEMA IS-907, ALICE, Cleary Act, and much more. We understand that it is no longer a bells and whistle world anymore but one where we talk about Active Killer (not active shooter) and increasing survivability in a work place violence or terror event. None of these points are about Commend but rather the customer.
Had I not been mentored by Jerry Wilkins from WIG, Inc., I would not have known these things or had rapport with customers today. He came to our office and transformed the team with knowledge. We now challenge the customer with things like "Resource typing electronic counter measures to increase or improve situational awareness during an all hazards event." Interestingly enough you will find very few in the security industry that even knows the definition of an "All hazards event." With the right training John the industry the saps can be reduced and a marketing or sales person can actually bring value.