How Research-Driven Organizations Become Thought Leaders

How To

What Leadership Bios Look Like

They read your thought leadership content; now they’ve looked up your website bio to learn about your leadership.

The last thing they want to read is an extension of your CV — academic in style. Or a list of your achievements without cohesion or relevance.…

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Cultivating Better Writing Skills: What Research-Based Organizations Should Do

How can individual researchers assess their writing strengths and weaknesses (and improve on those weaknesses)? Last week I gave you four ideas.

How can research-driven organizations/institutions help with that assessment and improvement? In many of the same ways:

  • Hire a staff editor with some domain expertise to work with its researchers;
  • Hire a professional writing coach to evaluate manuscripts and the strengths and weaknesses the researchers are displaying in those manuscripts;
  • Put on two- or three-day writing workshops for its researchers, led by a scientific writing coach and scientists who write well (the manuscripts might be peer-reviewed papers, pieces for non-specialists, or a mix of both);
  • Develop an internal communications platform where researchers can get candid, supportive feedback on their writing from their peers;
  • Develop an external-facing platform (OK, a blog) where researchers can publish at low stakes.
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Assessing Your Writing Skills

A list member writes:

This morning while working on a proposal with some super collaborators I found myself thinking that my writing skills could use some work. I know they always can, for everyone, but then I wondered:

How can I assess my writing skills to highlight current strengths and weaknesses without going back to college?

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Crowdsource Your Thought Leadership

If you’re having trouble getting your SMEs to author individual pieces of thought leadership, try crowdsourcing those pieces instead from across your organization, or from an event you hosted.

What I’m talking about is very different than a multi-authored piece with infinite rounds of edits and approvals.…

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