I’ve been reading (and thinking) about thought leadership and what it might mean to me, to others, to Redvespa, to business analysis.
I’ve looked at Business Analysis and Leadership and its chapter by Penny Pullan, I’ve been surfing the Thought Leadership Lab and reading Denise Brousseau’s book. I’ve been talking to people in New Zealand that I see in the role, and had my boss talking to folks during her travels overseas.
Because I have a passion for understanding idea generation, management, delivery, and yet, I’m no psychologist. My other passion is helping other business analysts achieve through learning. As a way to help explain my own thoughts, I’m liking what I read from John Hagel about the Passion of the Explorer at Deloitte’s Centre for the Edge.
I think that people having that passion for the explorer describes the best business analysts. Being explorers we also have to share our discoveries (aka thought leadership) so that those discoveries help others achieve and we also lead people to explore that passion.
I believe that unless we do this exploration/idea/generation/innovation/design/disruptive thinking, we are not contributing enough to our own lives, our business, our profession, our clients, and our communities.
What does whiskey have to do with it?
Maybe nothing! But as I was thinking about all this thought leadership, business analysis and passion, I was also thinking I could do with a sip of a lovely whiskey (is that another of my passions? Maybe.). Anyway, the thoughts merged into a comparison between thought leadership and whiskey. I found more similarities than differences. So I just had to share:
And I’m still thinking. I need to move to doing.