What's your best brand asset?

What is a brand asset?

Actually you are your most important brand asset. An asset that nobody can take away. Your knowledge, skills, performance, looks and experiences you make you a single person, unrepeatable.

But do not be fooled: Personal branding, managing your your personal brand Is NOT about finding your best YOU. That's a very nice phrase, but unrealistic, or at least incomplete. It's about finding, developing and making visible your real YOU. And measure it. And modify elements of your strategy as needed.

If I had to list here my resume of mistakes, I would need an ebook. And almost always these errors have come from self complacency, sometimes to believe that a pat on the back or like on a social network could be assimilated as signs of success.

What do you want your brand assets to represent ?

As mentioned, your brand asset is YOU. Now you need to do an exercise in empathy to understand what positioning, the brand territory you want to occupy in the minds of your stakeholders.

I emphasize the word "brand" for something important. If only you embrace a proposed generic value, not unique, you're closer to represent a product that an active brand. I always like to remember the old definition of brand used by most advertisers: unique value proposition.

If you bet on functionality (hard skills) not related to emotional intelligence skills, you just compete by price. Low price. We are always willing to pay more for a brand, its field of meaning is very rich, and it solves rational and emotional needs. Ask yourself if you meet these types of needs, and if you do differently: you've identified your value proposition.

Surround yourself with unconventional people

If you surround yourself with gray people, you will not be better than those people, you will be gray. Jobs told the Stanford students "Stay hungry, Stay foolish". I could not agree more. Only curiosity and desire to try new things save us. And the gray people are conformist, who prefer to live in a safe mediocrity to risk and go every day the roller coaster of life.

It has always been my best when I have met with exceptional people. They spread curiosity, enthusiasm and a point of madness.

Do not ask those people what they do, asks how and why they do. Ask them for their purpose, looking for that utopian side, irreverent it is having an impossible dream and go after it. Their brand asset will be yours. Someone said we are the average of people we dealt with. I do not know how much truth is there in that, but just in case, better surround yourself with people who are paid to my insight of the value proposition: “If you don´t add value, you don't matter”.

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Personal Branding news on books

We are having an unbeatable 2019. First it came Andrés Pérez Ortega with his fifth book “Monetízate” (Alienta). Then it followed Eva Collado with his second book “El Mundo cambia, ¿y tú?” (Alienta). And now I am pleased to announce the imminent release of the second book of Ami BondiaMundo de Valientes” (Círculo Rojo) and the third edition (Not just printing) which was the debut of the mother of the personal brand, Neus Arques, with his “Y tú, ¿qué marca eres?“(Alienta).

Mundo de Valientes And you what brand you are?

Personal Branding World, the personal brand specialists GeoLocator created by Fran Segarra

My friend Fran Segarra had a great idea: put on the map to personal strategy specialists worldwide. A complex task “non stop”, but very useful to know where “the tribe” of personal brand is placed. A great post I invite you to read and “manipulate”: Personal Branding World.

Personal Branded Content as personal brand culture

Lets start by the beginning, what's branded content?

The Branded Content is considered a marketing strategy based on creating content sponsored or produced directly by a brand.

It is not something new. In the years 30, before the advent of television, brands such as Procter & Gamble sponsored radio programs with tips for housewives. The result was brilliant for the brand… and consumers. Other historical examples of Branded Content are the book Guinness World Records, the Michelin guide

Of course, in the digital and ad saturation age, the Branded Content It is acquiring an extra dimension. A good recent example is the space jump Felix Baumgartner / Red Bull already covered in this blog some time ago with the post The most watched ad in history is not an ad. Goodbye, advertising.

Are we sure that the Branded Content is marketing?

Few days ago I read a fantastic article from Patricia Weiss on Branding Strategy Insider that caught my attention. Weiss questioned the Branded Content as merely a marketing strategy. Instead, the expert believes that this is a mindset (mentality) that builds brands, transcending marketing.

One thing is certain, the Branded Content explicitly does not sell and does not hide corporate brand messages. These are stories about people who connect emotionally because our values ​​related revolve around aspects, goals…

Perhaps a new form of storytelling?

The part I like more on Branded Content is that many of the stories we're seeing are aligned with a purpose, and notice the coincidence: It is the brand purpose. I think today is key that both trademarks as every personal brand has worked extensively the purpose.

Everytime a trademark promote a purpose such as being market leader, a kitten dies. The same happens when I ask a person what their purpose is and tells me “earn money”. Something as serious can not be instrumentalized in this way. We talk about a utopian dream, a vision, the reason of being (Ikigai), or our "why".

And that brings us to a new narrative that can transcend the marketing and become a brand new culture, either corporate or personal.

And what about the Personal Branded Content?

Many of the professionally shared content could be included in the personal marketing, or if you want Personal Marketing Content. -The intention is to sell directly or indirectly- our services, our products. When it comes to position ourselves as specialists (experts, if you want), this is Personal Branding, and the key here is involving others as supporters of our professionalism.

I don't deny that some of the articles in this blog -very few- have this intention. But if each item was personal marketing would end up hating readers, and this could be boring even for me.

I think there is a part of research and altruism necessary in the content we share. And that's what we call the Personal Branded Content.

Thinkers & doers

As my colleague and “thinkerArancha Ruiz says, in every professional sector there are thinkers and doers (pensadores y hacedores). Of course, there are also hybrids that combine both profiles (I consider myself one). But you are more than one or the other, If you have identified a way you can generate short stories to transmit.

The big brands are doing a good job providing us with stories that connect human values. And as humans we have the opportunity to open our secret passions box, hobbies… stories to show how we are, what are we doing to improve the world and what really matters.

grelatos

Relevance, truth and meaning

Resuming Weiss, the story of your brand integrates three essential boosters: relevance, truth and meaning, and it is always oriented people, not products or services. The hero and heroine are others, not you.

An example of Personal Branded Content are the series of photographs with story that many igers (Instagramers) they give altruistically and cheer us on. Recently, I decided with my passion content: historical photography. I created a hashtag called #GRelatos and every day I tell a little story about a photo that has left mark.

We must change our way of thinking: the Brand Content is not a discipline, or a department. It is pure brand culture. And it's also personal brand culture.

Today, 17 of March, St. Patrick is my birthday. I'll drink a Guinness. Have a nice week!

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#TEDxEixample19: the moment of truth

This week will be the first event TEDxEixample. As a volunteer member of the organizing team'm more than proud of the work that is being done, under the inspirational thrust of Pau Samo. Thanks Pau, Ana Reyes, Robert Ferrer, Carmen Gibert, Rubén G. Castro, Helena Casas, Alba Espejo, Eva Soto, Irina González and Oscar Martinez! The 22/3 it will be a great day.

You are on time, I think ten or twelve remaining tickets. The tickets can be purchased here.

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Our way of writing reinforces (or destroys) our personal brand

I read a while back on the blog Dan Schawbel that all our emails, messages and other writings become key elements to strengthen our your personal brand. I would add that these elements can also damage our personal brand. We never know who will end up reading it, so you better make sure that we are on the right track.

Writing strengthens our brand. Keys:

The shorter, is better…

The more simple and brief, better. More than once, after writing a phrase we say "What I'm meaning is…”. We must avoid complexity, try to be as clear as possible. The use of assertive language It is essential to our way of communicating. In a world where attention economy sets the tone, best to avoid circumlocutions.

Lets anticipate questions and make answers easy

People are busy. It's not so difficult to add document links, refer to specific dates, provide data. Attach documents in universal formats (Maybe a .PDF a .docx). That will save a lot of time to others.

I am very grateful that when I call for a meeting, or videoconference call me several well explain the objectives of the meeting and would provide the necessary background information.

Let's aboid mistaqes taht make us seem dumbs

It hurts, doesn't it? It's not that hard to review a text, use a concealer (They are free). It takes a few seconds to check a text that has passed through a corrector.

To e-mail includes free correctors (like GMail). Make some mistakes is human in a long text, but wrong in a headline, a brief bio on Twitter or Instagram, It implies sloppiness, you have not even read what you've written.

Count up to 100

Reflect before answering a complex email. One of the virtues of a professional is the ability to remain calm. If we receive an email unpleasant, you have to think a bit. First of all, fairplay.

You have to let tempers cool and not create negative labels. In addition, emotions can be misinterpreted. In these cases, written appeal should be the 2nd option. It is always better face to face or, if there is no choice, a phone call.

Communicate frequently

It is very interesting to send messages thanking just after meeting new people. Ask questions to our colleagues, bosses…. Provide useful items to our colleagues, customers, contributors…

Finally, you see that it is common sense, absolute sense. I recently found a restaurant slate in text 15 words containing 8 misspellings. That tells us a lot and bad personal brand owner of this restaurant. In addition to misspellings, the text does not make sense, not know where the starter, the second or dessert. You may eat well, but surely we avoid an intellectual discussion with the author of the copy. Write reinforces our personal brand… or destroys it.

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Few days left for TEDxEixample 2019 Do you have your ticket?

The next 22 March will take place in Barcelona the first edition of TEDxEixample 2019. More information on the webpage www.tedxeixample.com. If you do not have clear why go here I give you nine compelling reasons:

speakers TEDxEixample 2019

Imagine being someone else for a week

Yes, I know. Be someone else for a week it is crazy. And for one day, and for a few minutes too. But imagine how easy it would be to understand the motivations and problems of others. Imagine how you would empathize with someone else.

You are right, You may be someone else

Not physically, of course, but culturally, socially and politically, ie from the identity, we could be someone else for a while. Genetics is not everything. People who are born in a place with a certain culture and customs have finished adapting other after emigrating to another land.

Certainly you know cases of English parents who have adopted Chinese children in which just watching many features of the adoptive parents in children.

Believe me, I'm not pretending you to be someone else different than you. That, as you know, It has little to do with your your personal brand. It is to understand how others think from a privileged view, yours.

I can not be a woman for a week, but being Basque for a week

Physics does not allow me to be a woman, or another race, Animal species or other. But culture and society itself. This idea, stupid and absurd time until you achieve the first follower or investor willing to follow, was born last Friday in Gipuzkoa, Euskadi.

On Friday I was at an event on tourism masterfully organized by the Provincial Council of Gipuzkoa, Libe, Oianko. Following presentations by Denis Itxaso (Deputy), Blanca Zayas (TripAdvisor), Olga Villacampa (Noema Consulting), Inge Sáez, Nilton Navarro (Infojobs) and myself, Juanjo Azcarate (CCC, Incipy, Womenalia…) joined us at a round table.

Azcarate wanted to provoke the audience suggestions for ideas to innovate in a sector such as tourism projection. More than ideas, questions arose, which it is also important. Curiosity killed the cat, but to us it makes us grow. Suddenly, I made some storytelling with a unique tourism promotion: “Giputxi for a week” or guipuzcoano for a week. A gastronomic tour, cultural, rural, production, political and, above all, social by small and very powerful Gipuzkoa and its people.

Empathy fix many of the problems of this world

Surely if we could be another person from another culture for a week, We would understand his reasons and we could empathize with their needs. We would no fear of war refugees, people fleeing poverty. We would understand the motivations of people with different beliefs to ours (policies, religious, sports allegiances).

What if suddenly my stupid idea had its first “follower” and come true? Tourist itineraries could prepare environments that exceed the damn pyramid Maslow. I explain: It is well to travel just to see beautiful places, try unique dishes, I want to travel to meet people different from me, get drunk their culture, your ideas, their reasons. I can not think like them, but I can understand why they do what they do, They ask what they ask, or love and love.

How a movement is created?

To show you the importance of the first “follower” I leave one of the shortest and bright TED talks of all time, Derek Silvers in the 3 minutes “How to create a movement”.

Did you like it?? It is single minded, easy and well documented. And speaking of TED, you still have time to purchase your ticket for the TEDxEixample next 22 March in Barcelona, Antiga Fàbrica Damm.

The poster deserves, trust me. It will allow you to be someone else for a few hours

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Now, someone is looking for your name on Google somewhere

Yes, right now, as you read this, someone somewhere is writing and searching for your name on Google

Like it or not, your whole life passes at the speed of light in front of that person you are looking for your name on Google to find out information about you. This information can help him or her make a positive or negative decision for your interests. At that time four scenarios arise:

Google search results scenarios

  1. Your name is common and appear in 30.000 pages related to it, but is not really you the person of the results, and no one can know what they are. This is the most common scenario.
  2. You don't show up. As if you hadn't been born.
  3. You show unequivocally, but things linked to little or nothing interesting: crazy binges, scams, litigation, insults or the dreaded affiliation PRSF (politics, religion, football sex and its derivatives)…
  4. Show up correctly, adequate information, updated and unequivocally yours.

These are four very different scenarios that require different strategies. As an appetizer, here are some clues:

You have a common name

If you have two names or two first names, use them, surely thus you avoid matches. If both names are common (García Pérez, for example), get yourself a good “nickname”, a key name to be associated only you or put a hyphen between Garcia and Perez, this way: García-Pérez (pure digital license).

For more information about other alternatives I recommend reviewing posts The pain in the ass of the name Garcia, First part, Second part, Third part.

Your name is not on Google

It is better not being there than appearing in a bad way, but today is in practice appear to NOT EXIST digitally talking. Clearly you need to start giving your personal brand visibility in the network.

I would start with a profile About.me, Linkedin and Instagram. While only you complete your profile on Linkedin and post once a week in Instagram soon, magically, your name will be perfectly indexed at the top and if someone is searching for your name on Google you will stop being a ghost.

You appear, but bad

The problems of Online Reputation (which they are not always mirror real reputation) have become a headache for many professionals. The big problem is that internet footprint is virtually ineradicable. Recently, and following a statement known as “law of oblivion“, it is possible to negotiate the removal of very old and prescribed information about us. Slow and laborious, but that's one way if someone is searching for your name on Google and find damaging information.

If that route is not viable because the information is recent or have not prescribed, there is a plan B I call “the carpet law”. It is simple, It is to publicize your positive part . With that, you can “hide” the negative news that the network has you beyond the first page of Google, in places that no visit. A carpet.

The strategy “carpet” is simple, which does not mean it is not laborious. Possibly you need to open a blog, work fine positioning online (SEO). A second tip is to interact in other blogs, in social networks, and try to make a positive mark with “broom effect”.

If the problem persists, because you're a person high direction and there binding reports against you, my colleague Paula Fernández-Ochoa and I have recently launched a specific program to defend consulting companies and executives cases like this.

Congratulations. Your personal brand online works

If you also have clear who you are, where you want to go and how, double congratulations, you PERSONAL BRAND it is well placed. If someone is searching for your name on Google you will find what you want. And if you want to count on an interesting project, ¡bingo!

Anyway, the solutions of the first two assumptions are tactics. One tip is that you plan a personal brand strategy, more complex and possibly requiring some external support, but effective.

Ten advantages of offline networking

What is offline networking?

Offline networking is pure contact management . It is detaching from the computer screen, leaving home or office to attend events, reading books, watching movies or giving talks, among many other things. Perhaps this may seem boring or politically incorrect in 4.0, but believe me, it's fantastic.

I spend many hours in front of the screen, but I wish they were less. Out there there's a world. Few days ago, talking to a colleague, We talked about the power of offline networking compared to online. I'm not quite much about “ten advantages” and all that, but the numbers are magical and allow succinctly explain what has offline networking that has not (yet) online:

Benefits of networking offline

  1. Breaking the sense of isolation it produces be a few hours or all day at the computer. No videoconferencing can replace a good hug or a good handshake.
  2. Have a beer or coffee with a friend, a client, a collaborator. That does not even exist on the network. And our message can work in a relaxed way, with storytelling included.
  3. Exchanging paper cards. It may seem vintage, but I still have cards of the 90. Possibly they are useless, but remember it's like a photo album, It stimulates memory and can cause a desire to search for someone who left their mark. Although today it is easy to connect via many channels online, there's nothing like meeting in a real event.
  4. Put a face and voice people whose profiles are really old pictures and tunned. Do you imagine putting a face geek (freak digital) you've met before in a social network?
  5. The emotions, the senses, are transmitted more efficiently “Live”. The sum of verbal and nonverbal gives a complete result, which together with odors, tactile sensations, it becomes almost perfect.
  6. The ability to distinguish between friends, known and greated -paraphrasing Josep Pla-, It is greater in the street network, where we receive friend requests from people you do not know anything. I claim that differential treatment. Not the same a close neighbor beyond someone who was young couple or a customer. Our your personal brand is activated to bring up the networker within us.
  7. Share information it is easier. If I have a computer problem you can solve a I online forum. But those who were born before 2000 we prefer to tell someone before us and tell us what buttons you need to press. Perhaps augmented reality will change some of these issues, but even today I do not see that this technology is applied massively.
  8. The qualitative value of a meeting is greater, since it involved the 5 senses. No vintage photos, our face is real, our actions speak for us. You may know attending a conference at 10 people, many fewer than possibly read this post, but its value will be higher.
  9. It is where it is generated true elevator pitch, a short speech where our value proposition should achieve a second meeting with a prospective client or stakeholder.
  10. To summarize I will say that, in person, real interactions often create a more favorable environment.

TED and TEDx, an opportunity for offline networking

TEDx and TED talks are a unique opportunity for the offline networking. While that remains are the videos, a publisher, The moment is unique and unrepeatable.

If you have occasion to be for Barcelona 22 of March 2019, Do not miss TEDxEixample 2019 in Antiga Fàbrica Damm. A place to learn, know, to experience. And the poster of this year can not be more powerful:

speakers TEDxEixample 2019

Some time ago I wrote a post titled There is a coffee that wants to know us, it is still valid. Of course, there is nothing wrong with continuing our networking online; metrics are always interesting. But sometimes, and today is a day to do it, we must reclaim handshakes and hugs as the great humorist Victor Parrado, a real fan of offline networking.

 

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brands, increasingly personal

Every time brands more personal?

I know a headline and a very focused blog your personal brand You can give more than one reading. And has.

Big brands, which come, that convinced, They will be directed only to persons who are not looking for products or services. people seeking ethics will be addressed, brands and businesses that defend the values ​​that abanderamos.

I recently saw a video of an interesting initiative of the firm Ecoalf: Asked fishermen trawling various brotherhoods that collect plastics for recycling networks and remove them from the seabed.

With those plastic, a group of entrepreneurs get recycled to manufacture sports shoes and other clothes. A second chance. Recycle, re-use, increasingly sustainable, increasingly personal.

Not catastrophism, time is running out

Climate change and its consequences is not a lie, It is a reality that requires conscious businesses and consumers. Consumption by end use our planet as we know it.

The responsibility is twofold, On the one hand we, as consumers, we must ask before purchasing a product or service:

  • Do we really need?
  • Do you need it again? Is there a recycled version?
  • It is manufactured in accordance with our values? That is to say, without child exploitation, without abuse small producers, avoid greenhouse gases in production, that is easily recyclable, that have a price according to its performance, duration, without obsolescence, that does not contain harmful or unnecessary chemicals ...

The producers, by his side, must understand that not only buy products or services, but to defend our values ​​brands. brands increasingly personal. John Galiano, of the fashion Maison Margiela it's direct:

Ethics brands

Source: The Future 100 JWT

On the other hand, Enrique Dans He warns in one of his articles: "A part of humanity is too busy making money to raise that something as insignificant as saving the planet and human civilization". tremendous notice.

Values ​​indicate that not everything is

Like people, every time we will be more aware of our values. Many test or self-image as DISC How To Fascinate They help us identify.

But What about businesses and brands? who defines their values? who defines its purpose? In recent years managers have entrusted to external consultants (often not specialized in branding) the definition of "corporate statements”. It's a mistake.

In my judgement, the values ​​and Purpose of a company and its brands they must be agreed by professional. I often do exercise to define the purpose and values ​​to a group of professionals, personal branding courses. And I assure you that the results far exceed what written in a section “official” hidden from the corporate website to which few ever.

A company has the potential strength of the sum of personal marks of their professional. But few know, and least advantage.

Humanize is to connect

Organizations should be aware of this dual challenge: on the one hand, identify Values of consumers. That will help generate a human branding (human branding), a human marketing, of connection, empathy. It's not about competing on price, but to attract generating confidence, real confidence based on ethics.

On the other hand, identify the values ​​and purpose of the organization and each of its brands. And do it from within, from home, having talent who best knows the company and its brands: professional.

With these two premises, the marks will be increasingly personal, and therefore will generate greater trust and empathy. managers, the the changemakers (change agents), They have an enormous responsibility to consider their people as emotional shareholders, as true connectors with something called "consumers", and we all know that they are people like us.

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How do we manage an overdose of goals in the absence of PURPOSE

Each new start of the year or season is an ideal time to claim for overdose of goals that end up falling (mostly) in the pipeline. The new intentions will remain in that if we do not put them two basic ingredients: direction and action plan.

Giving meaning to everything: the PURPOSE

Beyond the overdose of goals we think of “the big one”, the motor of our life, what it gives meaning. Now it has become fashionable to talk about Ikigai (Your reason for being), but I prefer to keep the original name: PURPOSE, yes, In uppercase (to distinguish it from the more specific actions that mistakenly call “goals”).

To enter fully into the PURPOSE, I invite you to read What is the positive impact on society want to leave? You got it? It called purpose. In the background a capital purpose is not a toy those who get tired after three days. It's like a good friend, very durable, sometimes eternal.

One purpose is why, It is an achievable dream, is the contribution or legacy we want to leave humanity. Is, as it says Sinek, why we get up every morning, beyond happiness or money.

Imagine a world in which many of us wake up inspired us, We feel safe at work and return home satisfied at the end of the day. Simon Sinek

Overdose of goals? We need to focus

As I said, the classic early season goals are not really goals, but small gaps or unmet opportunities in the past. Dieting, do sport, study music, do such or such other course not pose the driveshaft of our life. We talk about wishes, plans, Projects, wills, intentions.

Far from downplaying these small projects, we consider them as such, and provide them with an objective, a period of achievement and an action plan. The methodology S.M.A.R.T. it may be useful to try to bring order and focus to all this.

The action plan

The midset to practise sports, for example, It is a first step. We got there by a trigger (bad health) or near examples (good health) that inspire us to initiate a plan. The problem or feature of any plan or project is to work must be strategic, and not as tactical as “I have gained weight 5 kilos and I'm going to a gym”.

S.M.A.R.T. helps us realize what we want, the deadline and the possibility of measuring success. Recall that the initials refer to Specific, Measurable, Achievable, Relevant, Timely, which we would translate into Spanish as específico, medible, realizable, relevante y limitado a un tiempo.

An example:

I will start a health program walking pace 3.650 km per year and reducing carbohydrates from my diet on a 50% in a year to maintain a balanced BMI and avoid problems and diseases resulting from low physical activity.

Specific is the health program, measurable are the 3.650 Km (supposed 10 Km / day) and reducing sugars, timely is one year, what is achievable is to keep the IMC and relevant is to prevent diseases.

Activation is OK, but with a horizon

The format S.M.A.R.T. it is useful if you write it, if placed in a very visible wall, and if it is provided with tools to ensure success. With the above example, I'd buy a watch with heart rate monitor to measure distance walked. I study the routes that allow me to walk with minimal disruption. Reduce the use of motor vehicles. Visit a nutritionist to give me some guidelines. And do not forget the annual check-ups.

You see?, we can have dreams, Projects, but not an overdose of goals, because there is only one PURPOSE, and is very long-term.

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Events

TEDxEixample Salon

TEDxEixample TEDx Salon is a small format (a single talk). It will be the 22 January at 19pm in the old factory Damm Barcelona. Free admission if you subscribe on this form.

As an appetizer of what we see, here's this video:

 

#BrandingWeekRD

From 4 to 8 February will take place the Branding Week in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). This is an event organized by QUIFER Consultores full dedicated to Personal Branding. Among the workshops that will be held I feature:

  • Employee Advocacy
  • Healthy organizations
  • Political Personal Branding
  • HR Digital Transformation.

Branding Week RD

I will be part of the group of trainers and speakers together with Eva Collado, Paula Fernández-Ochoa and Nancy Vazquez. For registration, contact Anabel Ferreiras at www.madi.digital/brandingweekrd.

 

Ebook Personal SWOT

I am preparing a book on the steps to create a personal SWOT. It will be exclusive to subscribers You're not yet?, cheer up!

When the main threat becomes an opportunity for our personal brand

I guess you wonder…

What is the main threat?

When we work our personal SWOT (If you haven't done it, I encourage you to go for it), we consider threat as an external factor. We do not have direct control, as it may involve changes in laws, technological changes, regulations… but it does have a direct impact on our business and our your personal brand.

Among our threats rarely we consider the lack of creativity, but it is certainly the greatest of all. It's like a disease inching, when it reaches its peak is already difficult to react.

Creativity, divine treasure

Many associate creativity to a great idea, but really all we apply creativity in routine processes of daily life. The problem is that creativity is a resource that can be exhausted if we do not remedy.

Youth is no longer the divine treasure, nowadays it is creativity. Bad future may we expect without creativity, because it is a fully human trait, a way of thinking that makes us unique and valuable.

Creativity is not only inspiration, It can be planned and organized. In my early years as an independent pro (wow, that sounds great) I worked thoroughly discipline lateral thinking, guys at Edward de Bono. Stirring the trunk of memories, the first post of this blog, from December 2007, was called Lateral Marketing: the pleasure of rereading Kotler.

What threat is blocking our creativity?

From the perspective of professional skills, It has always advocated the need for specialization. This is and will remain so. But it has its drawbacks. Let expose a case I read a few months ago on the blog Branding Insider.

In 2015, a group of researchers from Austria and Denmark conducted an important experiment. They found that when people were too familiar with specific expertise, it blocked his creativity. That was because they stopped looking for ideas outside their area of ​​expertise.

The experiment

The researchers interviewed hundreds of roof roofers, carpenters and inline skaters. The three categories are chosen because although completely different fields- share a similar problem: encourage the use of safety equipment to prevent injury. Roof Repairers wear seat belts, carpenters use safety masks and inline skaters use knee pads and elbows.

The researchers conducted 306 interviews. participants to contribute their best ideas on the theme was requested: improve safety equipment for the market in which they are experts and for the other two categories. A panel of experts evaluated the safety gear responses. The results were extraordinary: the more distant was the field, most creative was the solution proposed by participants. In other words, the members of each group were better at finding an innovative solution to a different field to yours. The experiment gave an idea of ​​how creativity works.

Conclusions

Creative people are not smarter; simply they are open to connect ideas from different fields.

When Steve Jobs were asked what made the Macintosh a revolutionary computer, he answered: “Part of what made the Macintosh great was that the people working on the project were musicians, poets, artists, biologists and historians.” They also knew computer, Jobs added. Jobs's goal was not to be average. His goal was to be great. And greatness, he said, comes from connecting ideas.

If you feel the latent threat that creative qualities are missing and everything falls apart, remember these three tips:

  1. Put yourself in the shoes of another professional from another perspective to analyze your business model
  2. Enlists the help of professionals from other sectors and have an open mind and out of limiting beliefs
  3. Connect Ideas

 

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Events

Guillem Recolons / TWENTY magazine

Veinte / January 2019

Veinte

It was just released the January 2019 from revista Veinte, edited by Mario Lopez-Guerrero, a platform with less than one year of life has become an indispensable in HR. I have had the honor to collaborate (and being cover) with colleagues as Almudena Lobato, Celia Hil, Juan Carlos Cubero, Isabel Bonmatí, among others. I explain the importance of relationships Person-to-Person (P2P) in the context of communication. I encourage you to read it for free on the website by subscribing www.revistaveinte.com.

#BrandingWeekRD

From 4 to 8 February will take place the Branding Week in Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). This is an event organized by QUIFER Consultores full dedicated to Personal Branding. Among the workshops that will be held I feature:

  • Employee Advocacy
  • Healthy organizations
  • Political Personal Branding
  • HR Digital Transformation.

Branding Week RD

I will be part of the group of trainers and speakers together with Eva Collado, Paula Fernández-Ochoa and Nancy Vazquez. For registration, contact Anabel Ferreiras at www.madi.digital/brandingweekrd.

recommended TED

Finally, and since today we talk about creativity, what better than one of the most acclaimed TEDx 2018 in the world:

Personal Branding Lab Day 2018 y Personal Branding 4.0

Personal Branding Lab Day 2018

The 1 December took place the 4th edition, the Personal Branding Lab Day 2018, marathon personal record of about 12h was online, directed by Nilton Navarro and conducted himself with great Alicia Ro. If you could not follow, I advise you to connect to the Part of Personal Branding Lab Day 2018 (5h 34′ duration) and the Part of Personal Branding Lab Day 2018 (6h 07′ duration). It aired from Barcelona, Madrid, Valencia, Alicante, Saint Sebastian, Bilbao, Oviedo, Sevilla, Valladolid, Huelva, Israel, Mexico, Colombia, Brazil, Peru, and Dominican Republic.

I think there was a high quality content covered. It was expected, considering the strength of the speakers. he was there (in order of appearance) Jane Rodriguez Trunk, Celia Hil, Claudio Inacio, Ami Bondia, Elena Arnaiz, Josep Rooms, Silvia Saucedo, Monica Mendoza, Isabel Muela, Eva Collado, Meme Romero, Enrique Cejudo, Fabián González, Alfredo Vela, María A. Sánchez, Cristina Mulero, Andrés Pérez Ortega, Neus Arques, Jordi Collell, Arancha Ruiz, Nancy Vazquez, Ilana Berenholc, Oianko Choperena, Paula Fernández-Ochoa, dew Ames and such Guillem Recolons. Alongside videos David Barreda, Pablo Adán says, Daniela Viek, Raquel Gómez and Vladimir Estrada.

I warmly thank Infojobs, Blanquerna Communications and IR, Lid Editorial and TelePizza your help to celebrate the event.

And beyond the Personal Branding Lab Day 2018

Indeed, there were not all. Gladly would have included people who constantly inspire me as Xavi Roca, Élia Guardiola, Ivan Diaz, Helena Casas, Fran Segarra, Joan Clotet, Laura Ferrera, Oscar Del Santo, Ruth Rios, Marco Tomasone, Mireya Trias, Kike Mingo, Ylse Roa, Francisco Alcaide, Laura Chica, Enrique F. Brull, Natalia Gómez del Pozuelo, Ecequiel Barricart, Anton angels, Javier Zamora, Lucena Africa, Johnny Durán, Carola Morato, Alexis González, Alicia Linares, Fernando Rios, Veronica Sanchez, Alex Duran, Raquel Roca, Daniel Iglesias, Yrma Sánchez, Gabriel Patrizzi, Amalia Lopez Sidewalk, Hector Jimenez, Alexia Herms, Arturo González, Deize Andrade, Patricia Dalpra, Rubén G. Castro, Diaz-Aroca emerald, Ronald Durán, Adriana Motta, Alan Urbina, Veronica Rivera, Alfonso Alcántara,Eva A. Castillo, Sergeant Fabi, Santo Carmen, William Arruda, Brenda Bence, Dan Schawbel, Catherine Kaputa, Luigi Centenaro, Nance Rosen, Jason Alba, Seth Godin, Tom Peters, …

Personal Branding 4.0

Fear. That's what dominates when it comes to the fourth revolution industry.. In my talk in this Personal Branding Lab Day 2018 I tried to highlight the positive side, the technology at the service of people and not vice versa.

I dared to list the various advantages that the big data, the yacht, the blockchain or offer us deep learning from the point of view of managing our personal brand.

To achieve technology serving people, we need people serving technology

I do nothing spoiler. Here's the video: