It's no secret that sharpening your brain, expanding your mind and coming up with new, creative ideas can be found by looking outside of your specific industry. One simple, and actionable, way to do this is to follow five new-to-you smart people on Twitter. Choose people who use the platform primarily to idea-cast rather than life-cast.
Here are five smart women I recommend following, all outside of the wedding and design industries:
Annie is an economic policy reporter for The New York Times. I do not share the opinion that economic ignorance is bliss (and frankly feel it is a dangerous and irresponsible message to be teaching, especially to business owners). Annie breaks down complicated issues in a way that makes them easy to understand and does so with a welcome dose of dry humor. She is a good one to follow no matter where you fall on the scale of loving (or not) the topic of economics.
Lucy is an expert on business governance boards and leadership. She is a columnist for Reuters where she talks about business policy as well as comments on current events related to the boardroom. She also uses her Twitter feed to curate useful and interesting news and information from a wide range of sources.
Whitney is an investor and expert on disruptive companies (she co-founded her company with Clay Christiansen, the guy who developed the business theory of disruptive innovation). She is also a champion of dreaming big and dreaming in a way that changes the world. If you want to give yourself permission to dream effectively in 2013, read her book, Dare, Dream, Do. In addition to sharing ideas on Twitter, she writes for the Harvard Business Review (including this great article yesterday on dreams and resolutions).
Sallie is a thought leader and a past executive at Merrill Lynch and Smith Barney. She often tweets about economic policy (seriously, this is stuff everyone needs to know), leadership and women in business. She also writes for the Harvard Business Review as well as other publications and you can find a collection of her articles and interviews here.
Jacqueline is the founder and CEO of Acumen Fund, an organization that makes large-scale investments in companies that are creating long-term solutions to poverty. Prior to starting Acumen Fund, she co-founded Rwanda's first microfinance institution. She often speaks on entrepreneurship, vision and leading with a moral compass (several of her talks are available on YouTube). Her book, The Blue Sweater, is a good one to read for its lessons in dealing with the emotional side of business.
Which non-industry people do you recommend following?
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