Step 12: Thought Leadership

Communicators Anonymous Step 12: Having had a spiritual awakening as the result of these steps, we tried to carry this message to communications practitioners and to practice these principles in all our affairs.

(Those words highlighted are words differing from the original twelve steps text as written by Alcoholics Anonymous.)

To carry this message is to practice thought leadership. We claim not to be experts, but come to the table as professionals with knowledge and experience to back up our statements. "It is okay to make definitive statements, but the risk you take is being able to admit when you are wrong and take responsibility for your actions." Issues change; challenges change, but the principles remain the same.

Yesterday, Geoff Livingston tweets: "There are few new ideas. There are only rehashed ideas from other eras repackaged for new media forms."

My response: Voltaire, "Originality is nothing but judicious imitation. The most original writers borrowed one from another. The instruction we find in books is like fire. We fetch it from our neighbors, kindle it at home, communicate it to others, and it becomes the property of all."

Fear not of letting go of intellectual property of which you never had possession.

"Selfishness–self-centeredness! That, we think, is the root of our troubles. Driven by a hundred forms of fear, self-delusion, self-seeking, and self-pity, we step on the toes of our fellows and retaliate." BB pg. 62

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