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On Leadership and Chris Brogan

Last week I talked a lot about pushing the envelope in how we approach social media leadership. And with good reason. If we’re to get to that next level, we have to quit talking and start walking. Quit repeating and start leading. Raising the bar if you will.

For a lot of you, you have the 101, 201, 301 and 401 classes down, and it’s now time to graduate. You don’t need any more proof and you don’t need to talk about it any longer. It’s time to put rubber to the road. But I have a feeling a lot of you are going to miss the critical underlying point of all of this.

You’re going to miss the point about how much work it takes.

Whether it’s your “personal brand”, your company, or your client, there is still a lot to be done on the “roll up your sleeves” side. Case in point, Chris Brogan, who most of you should know or heard of, is not an overnight success. Before Chris became the face of the social media industry, speaking everywhere and seemingly showing up at every major conference, I knew him as just a content producing madman providing direction in the nascent world of social media.

Today, he still cranks it out, but there is even more on the plate than ever before. Yet he has more than put his time in, and yet he still has not relaxed or let up. He even says as much in the below videos. To that end, Chris even managed to host one of our Hashtagsocialmedia tweetchats!

He’s reaping the rewards of his efforts just now.

In his 3 part series Chris doesn’t so much give you the secret to his success, as much as he he merely lets you know that he is far from being an overnight success and that he has been busting his ass for the better part of 11 years. The secret sauce? The harder you work, the luckier you get. Enjoy the videos.

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2 Responses to “On Leadership and Chris Brogan”


  1. 1 Dean Piccirillo October 30, 2009 at 10:08 pm

    Hey Marc. I had the pleasure of meeting Chris when he was in Southwest Florida recently speaking at a charitable event. Extremely nice, down-to-earth guy. A real people person and a great listener. By the time that he spoke to our group, he was able to call on most of the people who asked questions by name – pretty impressive. Basically, I can’t say enough about the guy – he actually signed my book – “To Dean, my personal financial advisor… (I’m not his financial advisor, but that was really great of him regardless). I can see why he has a million followers on Twitter. Most professionals could learn a thing or two from him. I recommend everyone buy his current book and anything else the guy writes in the future.

    Dean

  2. 2 marc meyer November 2, 2009 at 8:05 pm

    Dean, sorry for the delay in responding to you, and thank you for your reply. The ability to remember everything, or every moment seems to be one of Chris’s endearing qualities. To still keep some of his humility never ceases to amaze me.


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