thought leadership

November 2019

Be Best, Blogger

On a LinkedIn post recently, marketers were debating the value of blogs—those marketing mainstays used to build trust with your prospects, warm up the buying process with engagement and bolster your SEO efforts. Some of those weighing in on LinkedIn suggested to not post “some crappy 500-word blog that your overpaid agency told you to write,” and to “ditch the blog when you have nothing to say.” I 100% agree with those recommendations … and...

Be Best, Blogger

At recent networking events, I’ve been mingling with other small business owners and professionals who are interested in advancing their brand online. From financial advisors and real estate brokers to web service providers, wellness coaches and more—most are flummoxed by how to begin to gain attention and traction from prospects while on a tight budget. One piece of advice I offer to jump-start marketing for either their company or personal brand: Create an active blog. ...

How to Begin Marketing Your Brand Using Blogs

A pithy and seemingly superficial greeting accompanied by a request from a long-lost business associate arrived in my inbox. You know the type: “Hi … it’s been a while … can you direct me to copious leads for my services?” I’m paraphrasing, but that was the nub.  I enjoy the role of bridging those in my network with bountiful opportunities, and gaining from the reciprocal benefits. But, in the case of this peer, her past...

Go Ahead and Leverage Your Network

The Thanksgiving leftovers are gone, and all things pumpkin have transitioned to everything peppermint. Perfect time to feast on a film, a feature and a podcast to both incite and inspire us during the next round of holidays. [watch] The price of monitoring online content. The PBS series Independent Lens recently aired an excellent documentary on offshore content moderators paid to screen and often block controversial pictures and videos. The filmmakers juxtapose young Filipinos hired to...

Arbitrators of Content: When Censorship and Satire Go Too Far

Receiving advice from accomplished people, whether for personal or business gain, is a way to accelerate your own trajectory toward favorable outcomes. There are many ways to seek out guidance from experts, such as reading success stories, listening to helpful podcasts, crafting a thoughtful request to start a dialogue with a mentor, advisor or sponsor, and attending big and small networking events.  I find that a consistent resource for a concentration of experts and networking...

Get Inspired from Buckets of Good Advice

We thought we’d offer a break from all the U.S. elections coverage to focus on what some elected officials recently did in our area of expertise: privacy and cybersecurity. Several legislators have introduced consumer data protection laws, but so far only one major bill has passed at the state, versus federal, level. Earlier this year, California legislators passed the nation’s most stringent consumer privacy law to date. It’s modeled in the image of the European...

The Price of Privacy

Recommendations for What to Read, Watch and Listen to [LISTEN, OR READ] Social Media and the Global War for Public Opinion Two think tankers, P.W. Singer, a strategist at New America, consultant for the U.S. military and intelligence community and book author, partnered with Emerson T. Brooking, a research fellow at the Council on Foreign Relations who writes about conflict and social media, to co-write a new book, “LikeWar: The Weaponization of Social Media.” The...

Social Media Murkiness, Corporate Carrots and Parenthood Pitfalls

Two things immediately stood out, to me at least, while attending my favorite cybersecurity conference last week in New Orleans. Both were tied to toilets. One had to do with a personal observation: There were lines between sessions to use women’s restrooms. At any other event, women typically stand in longer restroom lines than men. Cybersecurity conferences, though, are the reverse because there are far more men than women in the information security profession. Having...

From the Field: The Good and Bad Surrounding Today’s ‘Toilet Issues’

There’s an Apple commercial now running in which a girl moves through her day using her iPad Pro. At one point, a neighbor asks what she’s doing with her computer and the young woman responds, “What’s a computer?” Messaging implications aside, it does make Thursday’s Computer Security Day seem a bit antiquated. For starters, we rarely call devices computers anymore despite the fact we rely on them more than ever. Still, every November 30, those...

Ways to Celebrate Computer Security Day

While everyone was fixating on hurricane coverage over the past several days, another storm was brewing—a massive data breach announced at Equifax. And unlike those living in the Caribbean, Gulf Coast and Eastern Seaboard, this one impacts up to half of the U.S. population. It’s OK if you didn’t realize that one of the nation’s largest credit reporting agencies failed to keep cybercriminals from stealing vital data on up to 143 million consumers. Equifax leaders...

Why Equifax Gets an F for Incident Response