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Pinch of Thought - from BLOG to VLOG

A picture paints …….

I’ve been publishing the Pinch of Thought blog for a few years now. As regular readers know, a big part of playing the Influencer game is getting across new technology. Video is not new, but, it’s becoming increasingly important because most search engines now rank it above written blogs.

My (cunning) plan is to create a written blog each week and then a video version - generally released the following week. Below is the first version. So it’s…


Added by Mark Hodgson on July 4, 2018 at 22:30 — No Comments

Build your INFLUENCER 5 Pack to stand out in uncertain times

I recently undertook some research around job prospects in ‘the future of work’. Long story short, opinions are polarised. Some expert bodies believe that technology will cut 20-30% of all jobs (both low and high-skill). Others argue that a raft of new roles with Star Trek-sexy titles will materialise and we’ll all be just fine.

This week in Australia,…


Added by Mark Hodgson on June 21, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

It pays to walk

Tech that’s finally good for us!

There’s no little irony that it has taken a technological gizmo to provoke business leaders to get off their corporate bums and engage in that lowest tech of activities – the humble walk. It all started with the Fitbit - a watch-like device that measures the number of steps taken by its wearer each day. ‘Peak…


Added by Mark Hodgson on June 14, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

How to make Collaboration a skill not a soundbite

Collaboration is one of those bullshit bingo buzz-words tossed around organisations like confetti. It implies ‘teamwork’ and that ‘we’re all in it together’. Which of course is how it should be – it’s just rarely true. In many businesses the environment is anything but collaborative. Getting ahead is typically a competitive and political process. Knowledge is…


Added by Mark Hodgson on May 31, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Pinch of Thought - 3 Small principles to Supersize your performance

"Winter is coming”

The cold is about to rip through Sydney. OK, not exactly “Winter is coming” a la ‘Game of Thrones’, but the mercury is about to ‘plummet’ below 12 degrees!

I ride a (big red) motorbike - the only way to ‘fly’ in the log-jammed emerald city. I love the freedom to zip in and out, land close to where I need to be and (whisper this) park at the airport for FREE (a four letter word at Macquarie Group). But sitting still in the chill can get cold.…


Added by Mark Hodgson on May 25, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Create, Connect & Compete to unlock your hidden Super Powers

Feeling overwhelmed? You are not alone. As I scan my world or work, friends and family, I see more and more people struggling. Australians are portrayed as a laid back bunch of irreverents - always at the bar, the beach or the barbie. In truth, most are more likely to be at the grindstone - particularly in Sydney - one of the most expensive cities on the planet. Nice view, shame we don’t have time to take it in.

Blame it on the VUCA

We can put most of this down to…


Added by Mark Hodgson on May 10, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Leadership lessons from a small boat

This weekend, I’m off to Perth with my rowing crew, the Warriewood Crustys. We’ve already won Silver at the NSW State Championships. Now we venture west with our eyes on the main prize – Australian Gold! We’ve worked hard and improved out of site. We’ve also learned what it takes to perform at the highest level – lessons that translate to the world of business leadership. I…


Added by Mark Hodgson on April 12, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

3 great ways to put thought leadership to work in your business

With the explosion of professional social media channels such as LinkedIn, it makes sense for your managers, leaders and future stars to get serious about building a presence. As we all remember from school science experiments, nature abhors a vacuum. If your people are not a voice in the market, chances are your customers are tuning into someone else.

Building a Thought Leadership profile is one of the key aspects of turning your leaders into INFLUENCERS. They need to build their…


Added by Mark Hodgson on March 22, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Developing the INFLUENTIAL LEADERS your business needs

The rules have changed. To succeed today, your leaders have to stand out. Being expert and experienced is still necessary - but it’s no longer sufficient. The people charged with leading must actively develop their INFLUENCE to attract the people, customers and resources necessary for your business to win in volatile, uncertain and complex markets.

INFLUENCE doesn’t just happen

Turning your leaders into Influencers creates benefits for both the individual and the…


Added by Mark Hodgson on March 15, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

Building your Transformational Leadership Capability

We’re all in the business of Change

One of the foundations of thought leadership is to throw rocks. Not in a reckless, greenhouse-busting, angry way. More in the sense of casting one in the eye of the prevailing Goliath in an industry. For me, that’s ‘Change Management’. I reckon it’s a crock. I spent several years studying the field and am actively involved in helping businesses to change. Trouble is change is not ‘managed’. It’s led. Sure, there are elements of a…


Added by Mark Hodgson on March 7, 2018 at 7:30 — No Comments

Clear Eyes. Full Hearts. Can’t Lose

This mantra comes from the excellent TV series, ‘Friday Night Lights’. It’s set against the backdrop of high school football in Dillon, a small town in Texas. In this community, the football and the team’s success is everything. The entire town turns out each Friday night to support their…


Added by Mark Hodgson on March 1, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Ready to Dial Up Your Influence? - TAKE THE TEST

This week I’ve launched my BUILDING YOUR INFLUENCE diagnostic tool, developed from a 2017 blog ‘Dialing Up Your Influence’.

There are a lot of elements involved in creating the personal brand presence that we all need to stand out professionally. A lot of people struggle with confidence or simply don’t know where to start. I wanted to create a…


Added by Mark Hodgson on February 14, 2018 at 23:01 — No Comments

Ready to jump? 5 keys to launching your solo career

I was recently invited to sit on a panel at one of Sydney’s leading business schools to share my thoughts on how I had set up my successful consultancy practise. I was struck by the wide variety of people in the room. They ranged from twenty something students to folk in their 50s and 60s. Many had obviously dropped in after work. It seems that many of us are very interested…


Added by Mark Hodgson on February 7, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Time to future proof your career

It wasn’t that long ago that you needed a downtown office to do business. A bricks and mortar presence was essential. Corporates traded with other corporates and the little guy could hope for little more than the occasional crumb. Work was done in offices. Meetings (lots of them) took place in meeting rooms. Consultants, entrepreneurs and contractors worked in a…


Added by Mark Hodgson on January 31, 2018 at 8:00 — No Comments

Are you talking yourself out of future success?

“Happy 2018 you magnificent Grand Final winning bastards. Pre season is almost upon us and need to know who is saddling up again for 2018”.

This is the text sent to me by the captain of the mighty Newport Rugby Club 3rd team. I am 53 in February. By any measure, that’s old to be playing rugby. It’s easy to give in to a prevailing narrative - “time to hang up your boots”, “most of those blokes could be your son”, “Mate, you’ll be the slowest bloke on the park”. In…


Added by Mark Hodgson on January 25, 2018 at 9:00 — No Comments

Why you need to shine in the new world of work

I was recently driving back from holidays with my wife, Nicki, listening to Russell Brand’s excellent podcast, ‘Under the skin’. His guest Pankaj Mishra, Indian essayist and author of ‘The Age of Anger’ said something that really resonated.

“Most lives end in disappointment”

Simple, profound, confronting. But true? We paused the podcast and debated the idea.

On balance, I suspect, sadly, he’s right. Mishra frames his argument in terms of a world in which many…


Added by Mark Hodgson on January 18, 2018 at 7:00 — No Comments

Step out!

I’m a little tired. You probably are too. As we enter the stadium for the last lap, having run our personal marathon since January, the finishing line approaches. What kind of shape are you in? Are you coming home strong in front or a roaring crowd, or more limping across the line, unnoticed?

The New World of Work is tough

It’s natural to be tired of course. This ‘New World of Work’ is tough. The early breathless excitement about all the possibilities is being…


Added by Mark Hodgson on December 7, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Building Influence - Don’t you know that it’s different for girls?

You learn something new every day. I recently met with female leaders in two Australian banks who are very interested in my upcoming Building Your Influence Webinar and my book, ‘Time To Shine’. Intrigued, I asked them if there was a specific reason the thinking resonated. Both thought that women in particular are looking for help in standing out. The language of ‘Your Time To Shine’ is spot…


Added by Mark Hodgson on November 23, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

Pinch of Thought - Your Move

My wife, Nicki and I spent a decade moving home every year. From North London to South London (ne’er the twain!). From the UK to Hungary. Four more times within Budapest. Across the world to Sydney. Bondi (a DO NOT PASS GO visa imperative for incoming ‘Poms’), Eastern Suburbs, Northern Beaches (twice). Finally we were done!

Nine times in nine years, we went through the pain of packing. Occasionally we paid people to help. It sounds like a great idea, but never really worked. You…


Added by Mark Hodgson on October 30, 2017 at 21:13 — No Comments

Time to drop the act!

Have you noticed how successful people have a knack for making their life look less bumpy than yours? They glide across everyday challenges, unfazed by the dramas that conspire to frustrate your progress. If your dream is to make a good living doing your own thing, this lightness of touch can seem both attractive and unattainable. It’s easy to become discouraged.

It’s not like in the movies

Would that we could live in the unreality of the silver screen. There’s a lot…


Added by Mark Hodgson on August 11, 2017 at 7:00 — No Comments

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