Thought Leader, Th.D

If you have not watched the original Wizard of Oz, you should do it now. It is fun to watch repeatedly and as bonus we can all superimpose our current day thinking on to the movie dialogs and write blog posts.

Near the end of the movie Oz was about to address Scare Crow’s scarcity of brain,

Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have universities, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thinkers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have! But they have one thing you haven’t got – a diploma. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th. D…that’s Doctor of Thinkology.

When I see people being described as thought leaders or keynote speakers I am reminded of this great description by the wizard. A similar opinion on thoughts at titles was expressed by Galbraith in his Conventional Wisdom essay.

Let me rewrite wizard’s dialog for the social  media conversation world

Why, anybody can have a brain. That’s a very mediocre commodity. Every pusillanimous creature that crawls on the Earth or slinks through slimy seas has a brain. Back where I come from, we have Startups, Wired, Forbes and Tech Blogs, seats of great learning, where men go to become great thought leaders and keynote speakers. And when they come out, they think deep thoughts and with no more brains than you have! But they have one thing you haven’t got – TED speaker title. Therefore, by virtue of the authority vested in me by the Universitatus Committeatum E Pluribus Unum, I hereby confer upon you the honorary degree of Th. D…that’s Doctor of Thinkology.