What Do You Want Me To Write About in 2015?

Can I request two minutes of your time?

I need your help. After seven years of blogging about leading well, and after publishing a book on leading across distance and cultures, I’m ready to address some fresh ideas and topics.

There’s an overwhelming amount of information on basic leadership that gets circulated, regurgitated, and retweeted each hour out there. That’s good. Sometimes we don’t need new ideas but just to be reminded of timeless principles.

But, maybe, like me, you’re hungering for some fresh insight.

What are two or three leadership questions or issues you’d like to know more about in 2015?

Would you take one minute to think, and another minute to post a comment here or tweet to me @kencochrum?

Thanks in advance for your help!

By Ken

Dr. Ken Cochrum (DMin, Bethel University) is Vice President of Global Digital Strategies at Cru (formerly Campus Crusade for Christ) in Orlando, Florida. An avid cyclist and aspiring guitarist, he also holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from The University of Texas and a Masters of Arts in Biblical Studies from Dallas Theological Seminary. He recently co-founded, a movement passionate about connecting people to Jesus using digital strategies. He previously served as vice president of Cru’s student-led movements worldwide. He and his wife Ann spent 13 years in East Asia where they raised their two children. Ken blogs regularly at

6 replies on “What Do You Want Me To Write About in 2015?”

Thanks Ken. Here are three questions:
• How can I exercise influence in a team dominated by older (by age & service in the organisation) people?
• How can a safe environment be created to encourage vulnerability, honesty, accountability & critiquing.
• How can unity & oneness be promoted in a team that had been polarized into cliques.

I will echo Jenom’s question about safe environment (community):
• How can a safe environment be created to encourage vulnerability, honesty, accountability & critiquing.

Jumping off his first question…
• How to best leverage and document expertise from older employees before they retire?

• How to engage elder employees in spite of their potential discomfort with the modern generations’ communication and work styles?

Thanks, JW. I really like your questions about engaging older employees. I will definitely be thinking about how to answer those.

Hi Ken,

For a global organization such as yours, an important leadership question for you, and one I’ve faced multiple times in my own global career, is how can you better lead and leverage resources across cultural and geographic boundaries. Global organizations can produce and leverage thought leadership and content at unprecedented rates today, especially because of today’s digital reach, but many face a leadership challenge in unlocking their organization’s full potential.

Thank you, Doug. Your insights about global organizations and the opportunities out there for greater thought leadership will be good fodder for future posts. I’ve addressed some of this in my book, CLOSE: Leading Well Across Distance and Cultures. But the acceleration of digital reach begs for more. Thanks!

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