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Richard Dodson

Executive Consultant and LinkedIn Practice Lead

Richard is passionate about helping leaders find meaningful work that supports the life they want to live. Whether an executive is pursuing the next logical step, a significant change, or a portfolio career, Richard excels at getting clients focused, prepared, and competitively positioned to achieve their goals. He brings an entrepreneurial mind-set and background along with a quick-wit and creativity to his work which makes him particularly skilled at helping clients think creatively about what comes next for them in their careers.

As an award-winning author (Power Your Career: The Art of Tactful Self-Promotion), he is a frequent public speaker on the topics of career strategy, personal branding, networking, and how to build authority/become a thought leader. He is recognized for his expertise in leveraging social media and facilitating both live and technology-based learning.

At Navigate Forward, Richard leads the LinkedIn practice with comprehensive hands-on training sessions tailored to the needs of senior executives. He has served as an adjunct faculty member at the Carlson School of Management, where he taught courses on strategic human resource issues.

For more than a decade, Richard was a VP at an international career transition firm with prior experience that includes leading learning design for a training and development consulting firm and launching start-ups in technology and professional services. He earned his degree in Humanities from U.C. Berkeley.

For fun Richard attends theater, spends time with his family (which often includes binge-watching the latest shows), and reads almost anything. He also loves performing and has had the opportunity to play numerous roles with In the Heart of the Beast Puppet and Mask Theater. As an avid volunteer, he loves that Navigate Forward is committed to giving back to the community.

Articles by Richard

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6 LinkedIn Hacks for Busy Executives

With these helpful LinkedIn tips, even the busiest executives can find time to grow your network and improve your online presence.

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How to Use LinkedIn for Executive Job Searches and Professional Networking

Get the most out of LinkedIn with these tips to research target companies, engage the right people and find your next career opportunity.

Richard Dodson RIMS Podcast

Your LinkedIn Profile and the Path to the Boardroom

If you’re considering board of director service, check out this 30-minute podcast interview with Richard Dodson, LinkedIn Practice Lead for Navigate Forward.

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Is Your LinkedIn Presence Board Ready?

We asked three experts to weigh in on the dos, don’ts and “must-haves” for great LinkedIn presence for executives seeking board of director roles. Perfect your profile with tips from Patti O’Leary and Richard Dodson of Navigate Forward and Jim Zuehlke of Cardinal Board Services.

Best Practices For Executive LinkedIn Profiles

Best Practices for Executive LinkedIn Profiles

A strong LinkedIn profile is a must-have tool for senior leaders. Yet executives often hesitate to leverage LinkedIn beyond the basics, resulting in overlooked opportunities for professional networking, relationship building, personal branding and career advancement.

LinkedIn Tips From Navigate Forward

Three Ways for Executives to Leverage LinkedIn

More than 700 million professionals use LinkedIn for networking, learning, collaboration and career advancement. Senior leaders, however, often assume the platform applies more to their direct reports than to their own needs or interests. It’s a common misconception…

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