I am excited to return after another long break

It feels great to be back and writing again following another break—this time longer than the last one. I can’t believe that it has been eight months since I last published. I am grateful that the break—albeit uninvited —allowed me to devote personal attention to what matters in my life.

I have to confess that each time I endure these unplanned gaps as “life” throws a curve ball, it masses ideas of endless possibilities and uncultivated creativity. Unlike in the desert, the lack of rain does not appear to diminish my renewal.

Best part about returning is the anticipation of exhilaration, which follows these intervals. I simply miss the pure joy of it, the smell of the paper, the reflection of the ink, and—most important—the intellectual challenge that I seek in it beyond the mere words.

To me, writing—thought leadership in the greater sense—is more than just words on paper but a pursuit of exploration, innovation, and storytelling. lot of new projects are on the horizon, including several new series on digital transformation, executive mobile analytics, and design thinking.

As I wrote in my Forbes piece, titled “3 Reasons Why Thought Leadership Matters,” for those who follow and stay committed, the process of molding ideas can sometimes be as intense and focused as the development of new products and services.”

I feel re-energized and ready to run again!

Back & writing again following a 5-month sabbatical

Sunrise following a 5-month sabbatical

It feels awesome to be back and writing again following a 5-month sabbatical. I have to admit, I missed the pure joy of it, the smell of the paper, and the intellectual challenge that I seek in it.

However, I desperately needed the break after some unexpected personal and family matters that needed attention. It sounds odd for me to use the term “sabbatical” when referring to time away from thought leadership, but as I wrote in today’s piece on Forbes, “…for those who follow and stay committed, the process of molding these ideas can sometimes be as intense and focused as the development of new products and services.”

Although a number of syndications and several less demanding projects kept me busy, the time I took gave me a chance to slow down and reflect–both critical for growth and rejuvenation.

My top 3 favorite projects were:

A lot of new projects, including a number of brand new series, will be coming in the rest of this year.

I feel recharged and ready to run!

My thought leadership journey


Kaan Turnali Thought Leadership Motivation

My journey into though leadership started in the spring of 2013. Finding time and energy was a challenge. I was leading a global business intelligence operation that had more than tripled in volume and capacity, teaching in a doctorate program, and working on a book project.

Yet, I saw a tremendous opportunity to do something new and exciting, leading me to take a moment to examine how I fell in love with the idea of sharing my thoughts, experiences, and expertise.

As JD Houston once said: “If you want something in your life you’ve never had, you’ll have to do something you’ve never done.”

So, I jumped – and I’m glad I did! This has been a rewarding journey as I continue to seek what is yet to be discovered.