Ending THiNKaha blog

A lot of things have changed over at THiNKaha since we originally created this blog. We now focus primarily on thought leadership and are proud to see our CEO, Mitchell Levy, become the first Thought Leader Architect in the world. As such, it makes more sense for our new thought leader blog posts to be posted on his website. Please check out MitchellLevy.com/blog/.

Additionally, Mitchell is curating a lot of thought leader content at the Thought Leader Best Practices Group on LinkedIn. Please join, watch for a little bit, and then contribute yourself!

We look forward to helping you if we can. Please don’t hesitate to contact us if there are any questions we can answer or anything we can do for you.

Thanks for reading!

Thought Leadership Best Practices LinkedIn Group

Mitchell Levy, Thought Leader Architect and CEO of THiNKaha, recently created a “Thought Leadership Best Practices” LinkedIn group. Join the growing group and conversation! Share some thought leadership articles that you’ve found interesting, insightful, helpful, or controversial; bring up some issues that need to be broached and discussed; or be a quiet observer and soak in all the information and fun dialogue.

Join the group here.

Don’t forget to connect with both THiNKaha and Mitchell Levy on LinkedIn!

ATTN: THiNKaha Authors! Be interviewed by Bert Martinez!

As part of our continuous efforts to promote your books, we are delighted to let you know that you can now sign up on “Money for Lunch” and get the chance to be interviewed by Bert Martinez. On “Money for Lunch,” Bert interviews leaders, authors, innovators, and celebrities.

This is a great opportunity to promote your book and upcoming events on a national radio show!

Just fill out and send the form on this link:

http://bit.ly/moneyforlunch

Sign up now and take advantage of this exclusive free offer!

Rapid Book Publishing for Educators

Exciting news! Thought leader architect and CEO of THiNKaha, Mitchell Levy, will be teaching a MOOC (massive open online course) on rapid book publishing for educators. Here’s the course description:

College instructors who have ever thought of creating a book should rush to sign up for this no-tuition course. In less than 24 hours (spread over a few weeks), you can learn the pros and cons of peer reviews, how to write and publish a book while teaching a full load, and how to have a book on the shelves–or better yet, on iPhones–in less than a month. Students in the course will create a book and be exposed to industry leaders and great depth of materials at a fraction of their retail costs. Continue reading

Happy About Announces Corporate Name Change to THiNKaha, Inc.

Press Release

Happy About, widely recognized for its thought leadership eBooks and paperbacks, has formally changed its name to THiNKaha, Inc., effective immediately.

CUPERTINO, CA – June 6, 2013 – Silicon-Valley-based book publisher, Happy About, announced its name change from Happy About® to THiNKaha®, Inc.

The reason for the change is to leverage the continued success of the THiNKaha brand. Established in 2009, THiNKaha continues to provide compelling and engaging published content by delivering signature “aha” moments to its clients through business-oriented eBooks, paperbacks, webinars, and its newly formed thought leadership consulting and mentoring business. The formal renaming of Happy About to THiNKaha will allow the company to better streamline its messaging to its growing number of clients and readers.

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Managing Up in the Moment

Sometimes, no matter what you do or how prepared you are, there are times on the job when you will need to respond on the spot and in the moment. Such instances require you to be ready and focused, especially when the person asking questions is your boss.

The skill of “managing up in the moment” is a core requirement for success in modern organizations. Not only do you have to perform in the moment, but you also are held accountable for decisions and taking action. Developing the savvy of moment-to-moment mental preparedness isn’t easy. If you can learn to master how to turn a situation around from being caught off guard to being seen as on task and on point, your personal success and credibility will skyrocket.

To be successful in managing up in the moment, you need to follow two concrete courses of action: managing yourself better and learning how to communicate and connect successfully from a point of view different than your own. For the former, we turn to the Navy Seals for help, and for the latter, we turn to the work from two books – Dan Pink’s To Sell is Human, and Theory U by Otto Scharmer. Continue reading

The Importance of Corporate Governance

CorporateGovernance_cover_sm_092011George Washington once described government as a force—a force that has the power to shape the organization on which it presides or crush it under the weight of mismanagement and negligence.

It’s a sentiment that easily applies to the corporate setting, and a value that resounds firmly throughout Brad Beckstead’s THiNKaha book, #CORPORATE GOVERNANCE tweet Book01: How Corporate Governance Adds Value to Your Business.

Corporate Governance as an Ethos and Not Just a Guide
A company, not unlike a country, requires corporate governance (CG) in the form of strong leadership and even stronger guidelines. It’s the system in which all company stakeholders, from shareholders to managers, abide by. And while most people see corporate governance as an arbitrary rulebook of sorts, it is fundamentally more of an ethos; the very foundation on which the company is built.

“CG is not a professional standard like a doctor’s code of ethics,” Brad writes in aha #9. “Rather, it is specific to corporate structure.” Continue reading

Don’t Ask a Hunter to Farm and Don’t Ask a Farmer to Hunt

This post is on an “aha” from one of our recently published THiNKaha books, #DEMAND GENERATION tweet Book01: 140 Insights on Powering Your Sales Pipeline by Gaurav Kumar.  Allow us to elaborate on aha #12: Don’t ask a hunter to farm and don’t ask a farmer to hunt.

Sales executives will no doubt be familiar with the idea of hunters and farmers in the sales arena. It’s a distinction that has governed business practices since the late 20th century.

The idea is that sales people are divided into one of two categories. While hunters are tasked with generating sales from new clients, farmers are responsible for growing sales from already existing ones.

But the questions remain, why can’t sales people do both? And why can’t one do the other? Continue reading

Managing Up: Stepping Into Your Boss’s Shoes

By Patrick Reilly and Tony Deblauwe

Organizations continue to face challenges with internal communications. One of the most potentially challenging is the one between manager and employee. Different perspectives can emerge due to hierarchy, accountability, and unclear expectations. Sometimes the key to finding common ground between you and your manager is to change your perspective, or, put another way, to step in your boss’s shoes.

Imagine for a moment what being in your boss’s shoes would feel like:

  • What insights would you gain in terms of process, responsibility, and getting things done?
  • What might you do differently if you had the whole team in mind?
  • If you needed to think about the budget more carefully?
  • If you had to think about managing your boss’s boss?
  • How would you feel being the person who takes the hit if things go wrong, but makes the call for decisions? 
  • What would you do differently as an employee in how you manage up with this new point of view? 

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How to Prepare for a Radio Interview

by Mitchell Levy, CEO & Author, THiNKaha, Chief Evangelist, Gurus4Media

It is not uncommon for authors and business leaders to be asked to do radio interviews. Authors will often conduct interviews when a new book is being published. Business leaders, including small local business owners, will often do radio interviews when there are news to be announced about their businesses or their products and services. In both cases, it is always best to be prepared. This is not as challenging as some might believe.

Before the interview (whether it is in person or on the phone), spend some time considering what the main message is you want to convey. One of the most common mistakes people make is when they start to “wander” about in the conversation with the host(s). Know in advance what it is you want to say about the main issue or topic and have that information secured in your mind. If the interview focuses on a specific topic, have the facts ready. Have notes to refer to during the interview if needed. Continue reading