Believe it or not, an entrepreneur is a person

Yes, the businessman He has had a bad press as a collective. Likely due to the opacity in how they communicate (communicate in the). Fortunately, something is changing. And those beings who like iron now show their vulnerabilities, His emotions, human condition.

The entrepreneur is like you.

The businessman It is like you; it's more, you, You may not know, also you are an entrepreneur.

A company no longer a task involving some difficulty. And I wonder daily affronts not many of these difficulties? You did not take complex decisions that can harm a few to benefit a lot?

And reminiscing Tom Peters, each of us is a businessman your YO, S.L. We have the ability to manage many small departments that depend on us: I+D, production, branding, marketing, finance, RH, Logistics… You are like the entrepreneur, with the difference that you will auto-you manage and businessman managed for many.

Our superpowers have always been there, but now we transmit without fear

Our Superpowers (Our values) now they make us proud, not shame us. It was a time to show certain values ​​such as solidarity, empathy, the intuition, the imagination… It was considered a sign of weakness businessman. competences soft They were not taken into account. It was what I learned, not how we applied and what we broadcast.

Hence that some were baptized as empresaurios. If we remember Gordon Gekko (Wall Street, 1987), all that mattered to businessman yuppie of those years was the success at any price, the luxury unleashed the accumulation of money. Was far concern for employees and partners or actual corporate values ​​that go beyond hierarchical and authoritarian leadership.

Values ​​are seeking values, power connection

The businessman, and that includes you, It begins to be interested in how that confidence is transmitted. The strategic vision of the business is no longer enough. Executives need to achieve a humanised vision. As claimed by the surgeon and writer Atul Gawande, “hires attitude and skill training”. The skills can be acquired, but the attitude (whose engine are our values) They come with us.

The profiles millennial They have understood like no idea, the prioritization Values ​​on competence. This allows the businessman have better integrated teams, shirt bearing the brand and proudly wear. It is no longer leads, with what-Lider. Do not believe it, if co-creates. And that is possible with integrated teams, motivated and related values.

Values ​​matter and purpose. More than ever.

Entrepreneurs Region Murcia

4th in full digital revolution, remember the words of futurist Gerd Leonhard “…anything that can not be scanned or automated be considered an outlier”. And I assure you that the values ​​and purpose are not robotizables. So every time, the businessman, It should take into account these two factors.

Anything that can not be scanned or automated be considered an outlier. Gerd Leonhard.

The a purpose It will help all who work behind a project to find the meaning of it. A place to see where they go, They know why they should get out of bed in the morning.

The values, meanwhile, will act as vectors emotional connection between those involved in the projects and their stakeholders, its stakeholders.

This week I had the opportunity to share this powerful triangle Purpose / Values / Connecting with a group of entrepreneurs Business Forum Murcia. Thank humanist friend Juanma Egea for having me. I checked live: a businessman It is also a person.

Executive woman photo by Nariz on Shutterstock.com

Agenda

  • 28N. Update Zaragoza. 28 November in Zaragoza active. free event. Registration on the website soon Zaragoza Activa. Do not miss my colleagues Victor Candel, Meme Romero, Elena Arnaiz, Eva Collado, and Juan Martinez (organizer and speaker).
  • 28, 29N. Workshop Personal brand and Relationship Management. Ferrovial, Euroforum II in San Lorenzo del Escorial. You can follow the hashtag #MarcaPersonalSumma
  • 1D. Personal brand 4.0. Personal Branding Lab Day. Since YouTube, 11 Personal Branding conducidas hours followed by Nilton Alicia Navarro and Ro collaboration with the Blanquerna Communication and International Relations and Infojobs. From 10 a 21h (GMT+1). Free. You can follow the hashtag #PersonalBrandingLabDay Personal Branding Lab Day 2018

 

¿Humanize is Connect? An unresolved business issue

Create an ecosystem that promotes human connection is technologically and strategically complex, but the benefit is great: to humanize is to connect.

Companies can take advantage of this complex environment to build lasting relationships. How? With a customer-oriented mindset and a technology platform that promotes a closer branding (human branding) than the present one.

Here I list five ways to help marketing and IT professionals on their way to building a solid human foundation with its customers:

Humanize is to connect, not treat the customer as a number

The great publicist David Ogilvy said “the customer is not stupid, it's my wife“. Too many brands treat us like on a first date, asking the same cloned questions to know us better. The customization does not mean that we hounded by internet random recommendations based on our purchase history and searches. It is frankly frustrating. Even after buying a smartphone, the damn remarketing we will be showing us ads until the end of the world (you know, the cookies...).

Brands must find a way to find our uniqueness, as if they were a personal assistant. This particular customer view means extracting information from each online and offline system, and integrate that into a database. Are we different inside and outside Internet? Probably not in our attitude, but in our behavior.

A commitment to simplicity

Why I like Apple products and services? Because, despite its rapid obsolescence, they are simple to use, they work faster and give less problems. Brands need a clear view of the experience that your customers need. And then apply technology to enable and improve. It may seem that customer focus is obvious, but many companies start with technology first and end up investing in services that are not provided. Humanize is to connect, don't forget.

A co-creation, for example, helps generate experiences that reduce barriers and facilitate customer interaction. I advise reading this post the expert Montse Peñarroya called Do you really know what you want your client? Just ask him/her! that icludes excellent examples of co-creation of Lego, Alain Affelou or Banco Sabadell.

Omni-Channel

Following the definition of Mercedes Fuster from the blog of José Facchin, omni-channel is not working environments with multiple channels, but to do so simultaneously.

The same article highlights three key advantages of omni-channel:

  • Online sales complement those in physical store
  • The Omnichannel trade promotes cross-border sales
  • The Omnichannel strategy is key to reach the "super buyers"

In this HubSpot article We can inspire us with omni-channel examples of companies like Disney, Starbucks…

Security, stability and reliability

Let us not deceive ourselves, multiple exposure of personal data may pose a significant risk to customers if security is not foolproof. We have seen recent cases of information leaks:

Successful brands linking platforms seamlessly to create an ecosystem that allows a complete customer experience. To make it thrive a scalable design is needed. Strength scalability and security offer reliability expected by consumers.

Integrated technology

CDP (Customer Data Platform) is an easy way to connect with a customer, since you can immediately implement that strategy without complex technological transformation. Marketing professionals and IT can no longer work with incomplete data separate and isolated.

This is, on my view, the most complex part, professionals with disparate skills should come to understand frictionless. Difficult but not impossible, you just have to take seriously the idea: to humanize is to connect.

Sources consulted: AdWeek, Hubspot, Blog José Facchin, Cyberclick, Montse Peñarroya Blog

Girls photo by gpoinstudio on Shutterstock.com

 

Dialogue on personal branding, the pre-#BrandingWeekRD

My colleague Paula Fernández-Ochoa and I offered a dialogue on branding staff we entitled “It's distingues a extingues“. It was part of a webinar organized by QUIFER Consultants (Dominican Republic) as warm up or heating of the events taking place in the #BrandingWeekRD in early February 2019 In Santo Domingo.

We leave the video of the webinar, and if you have little time, We've left a summary of the dialogue in text format you'll find after video.

It's distingues a extingues (dialogue about personal branding)

 

Paula: William, We started the dialogue on personal branding. What does the title you distinguish or you extingues?

William: The generation of our parents argued for discretion. Today is the disappearance discretion. Paula Where was the discretion of lawyers?

Paula: That I know well ... I'm a lawyer and I have seen the evolution: confidentiality of the profession, advertising ban… Many do not see the need to become visible, a mistake.

William: Going back to the title "I distinguish or extingues you", Paula, Why do you think it's important to do things differently?

Paula: In today's market there is excess supply and demand, We are saturated and information professionals, so it is necessary to differentiate, have a proposal that makes you unique and really add value

William: A factor that makes sense of the difference is the relevance. In other words, the difference alone is not a factor of choice. What you do, besides being different, It should bring value.

Paula: This is what we know as Value proposal,… But go to parties.

 

The Iceberg Method Personal Brand

Paula: Where do we start our management of personal brand or personal branding plan? The Iceberg personal brand

William: I like to think of the simile home = Iceberg, do not start with the roof. Iceberg parts are self-knowledge. Strategy. Visibility

self-knowledge, the diagnosis of our personal brand

Paula: Autonocimiento is a diagnostic phase to know what brand we project

William: There are different tools to meet: DISC, Crystal, How to Fascinate, IE, 90º test…

Paula: The final exercise of self-knowledge is a synthesis we know as SWOT, DAFO, SWOT…

Personal strategy, where we are going and how we

William: The next phase of our diagnosis is to know where we want to go, what we do and how we can do. It is what we know as personal strategy. Paula, Where would you start a strategy?

Paula: To define a objective. Without that we can not assess the process, The success or failure.

William: The advantage is that we focus on Personal Branding a target: Reference being something, with a defined specialty, in a particular geographical area and a differential value proposition.

Paula: Not be easy, even one, but it is true that this marks everything we do next, so you have to give top priority.

William: It is important not to confuse the target, It is concerning us, with the purpose the purpose, which it refers to our contribution to the world.

Paula: He said Nietzsche if we find our why and find how, and he was right. After Nietzsche, leading specialist Simon Sinek (Theory Golden Circle) He invited us to generate our speech beginning with why, following the how and ending with what (product, service), and not vice versa as it is being done forever.

William: define the a purpose is not easy, but there is an exercise, you may not like, that can help. What would you like to put on your epitaph?. Well, if you know, It changes the way "I" for "will" and you have your purpose.

Paula: Others use that formula that combines 1. What you love 2. What can you do 3. That what they pay you (Market + Passion + Talent)

William: In any case, the purpose might consider as View. All you get moving toward that goal will be our Mission.

Paula: Important to consider values. Guillem calls "Superpowers"And we as emotional and educational heritage from very small.

William: Surely feedback to work to reach the SWOT have emerged some of them, but a formula to identify them is to look for a list of values (there are up 200), preselecting 10 values ​​that are important to us and then stay there with 3 O 4, these are our superpowers.

Paula: Defined the objective, the vision, mission and values, It comes the moment of truth, define our value proposition and our business model. We are at the peak time of the strategy. David Barreda He says that is a value proposition that makes a particular customer or company decant for you.

William: Strongly agree. In fact I define it in one sentence: Why the hell should you choose to you? If you don´t add value, do not mind ...

Paula: And that's it going, to provide. The value proposition focuses on your customer, not you. And your client may be your boss, do not forget.

William: So is, is not talking about yourself, but how we can improve the situation of who we hire. Whether alleviating a problem (pain) or detecting an opportunity (gain).

Paula: The interesting, and how difficult, is that this proposal, Besides, is only. If your proposal says the same as the neighbor, It will not be differential, and the factor of choice is in the air.

William: Let me give an example. Marta. It was defined as Senior Manager and after working with it placed on your LinkedIn profile “Auditor specializing in real environment. Auditing with a smile”

Paula: And another example: the lawyer who wrote a postscript after specialty “never me laughing”. That can be the difference.

William: We see that in both cases, Marta and the attorney, the proposal addresses the customer, It creates value and is unique- In the case of Marta, solves a problem, but way nicer than the rest ...

Paula: in the other case, an opportunity to explore new revenue thanks to value resilience opens.

William: It is important not only set ourselves in our rational attributes. Attitudes have, and values ​​also. Something like a smile, as a "never give up", can be a differentiation factor. Paula, Why do not you explain your own case, that of a lawyer, brander staff and ambassador of the sport and health?

Paula: The case VivirCoRiendo > (Take a look at Instagram)

William: great case! We have the hardest thing to start with our business model, the value proposition. Now we need to complete our customer segment ...

Paula: Define who they are and -very important- Who you can grow our value proposition

William: Define relationships with our customers ...

Paula: If we are troubleshooters, If we are creative or innovative, consultants, trainers, researchers ...

William: List what our channels are ...

Paula: Our channels are the ones we help bring the value proposition to our customers ... what we should add or delete?

William: Define our activities…

Paula: activities would be what appears on our business card, is our catalog of services or products.

William: Detailing our key resources…

Paula: In a nutshell, What we need to do our work: office, Languages, awards, certified, human team…

William: Very important, define our key partners ...

Paula: And here does not refer to legal partners, but people who can validate our value proposition towards our potential customers

William: And to finish the model, I referred to income and expenses

Paula: Without that calculation it would not be a business model.

William: This model, and instructions for completing, It called Business Model Canvas and you can find it on the web Strategyzer.com

Visibility. How to present ourselves

Paula: With the business model, we have defined a strategy: you have to keep what works and create an action plan for what we do not have. And with this move to the next level: Visibility.

William: the tip of the iceberg, our communication and networking plan. Like everything plan, here we need goals, with focus placed on precise indicators audiences, people who reach ... does not it, Paula?

Paula: So is, William. We know them as SMART goals, which stands indicate that must be specific, measurable, achievable, relevant and related to time.

William: for example, Imagine this goal SMART: We will increase the activity and frequency of publication on Twitter and Facebook for a 500% followers (guys at 100 a 600) during the following 12 months, in order to increase our online reputation and have a community of active followers.

Paula: Here specifics are our followers on Twitter and Facebook. The measurable is to move from 100 a 600. What is achievable increase activity and frequency. What is relevant is to increase our online reputation and have a community of active followers. And as regards the time are as follows 12 months.

William: Agree, SMART define our goals with the highest possible accuracy, only then can we measure the evolution of results. The next step is to define our public goals.

Paula: The advantage is that if we worked well the business model, we know customer segments.

William: Yes, but here we need to better define their demographic and behavioral profiles then fine-tune the media and supports vehicular our messages to them.

Paula: With a profile neard We not talk by phone, and a senior lawyer would not use Snapchat. Why is key to clearly define our target audience.

William: Defined our target audience, it's time messages and keywords. How can we be found? Today the marketing that works well is the Attraction marketing, better than the classic based on the interruption. Define specific messages and keywords is paramount

Paula: To work the message will use the basis of the value proposition, but adapted to our public and to channel the different formats we use.

William: There is. Not the same coldness of a chance encounter in an elevator warmth lunch or a video conference an hour.

Paula: The elevator pitch calls for a strong first impact to attract attention, kind You know that your company fidelizaría one 50% more professional with an internal health and fitness program?

William: That's a message tailored to a segment of customers. Nevertheless, when we turned up on social networks we should draw up a more generic speech, and that we can harness the basis of the value proposition. For example, in the case of Paula could be > "I help to improve the health and motivation in organizations", or better "Healthy boost through sports organizations and personal branding

Paula: Could be, could. Notice that no value proposition is very difficult to get the message. And a message like this could lead our social networking profiles. Where does the most emotional part of the message?

William: You are talking about the personal account or storytelling personal. Today we know that what connects us is more related to our values, our history, our purpose, that on our care professional.

Paula: And that trick there is to know to take advantage. The story wants to generate empathy, try to get in the skin of the user account, experience and live what has lived. In the field of personal brand, a story can be a video duration 1h, one of 10 minutes, one one simple Tweet. My partner Guillem see define a Twitter as "Version S. I love, I like working for others shine ". That's a story in itself, It is transferred to an account of presentation purpose.

William: Another short story is the question before "Living Running", an evolution of the first "Living Laughing" Paula adapted to their new sporting environment. as LEVELS, not needed 20 folios to explain a little story that defines us, what we need is the basis, and both in the case of Paula and mine, is the purpose behind.

Paula: Agree, our personal communication we plan objectives, the target audience and the message What are we missing?

William: Something important, and measuring the average thereof. As account brander Andy Stalman, Today the world is OFF and ON, a symbiosis, and he is right.

Paula: They say that today there is no one without the other. The real world needs to virtual and vice versa. Here, If we have worked well our business model, We already know what channels we need is to move our value proposition to our customers.

William: There fused means "mirror" as radio, Analog and digital, TV, press, magazines. These means work wonders, since they are become an ephemeral interview in a newspaper in an almost eternal digital link.

Paula: And then there means necessary for networking OFF, as a business card. There are also pure digital media, such as social networks and blogs. William, Do you recommend a blog on a personal brand plan?

William: Clear. If you regularly publishes, It will be the first thing you find us on Google. Not only looking for our name, but looking for keywords. A challenge > seek "Personal Branding Empresa"On your PC or smartphone. If I go out I, It is that something will have done well, is a keyword Important for me. Cast, what makes a blog. As Alfonso Alcántara, “we are blog without digital sintechos”. Paula social network What would you choose?

Paula: Personal interest with Instagram, definitely, Although each network reaches a type of audience and allows message format. Instagram I like because it's so visual, very immediate (stories). B2B business but works great Linkedin, for B2C Facebook, and to meet people Twitter. To search for images Pinterest. And I left the N1, the most comprehensive network what I speak?

William: I missed it and that YouTube take to appear. From personal brand, YouTube is the network that best allows us to communicate, with verbal and nonverbal language.

Paula: Other means to consider would publish or co-publish a book, use the webinar as this, the podcast, conferences, workshops, Wikipedia. I ignore everything and mix Stalman.

William: Paula, and how do we measure the success of this?

Paula: Fortunately there are many indicators. The first is to meet the objectives. But then we have very powerful tools to measure the results of our network and our social networks.

William: To measure results, even sales conversion, our website or blog, there is nothing like the free tool Google Analytics. SEMRush and others also help us track the effectiveness of SEO, our positioning online.

Paula: Social networking, There are many tools, the characteristics of each network, very powerful. A Linkedin el Social Selling Index, and Twitter, Twitter Analytics, YouTube, YouTube Analytics. Instagram and Facebook page need a professional to measure effectively, but we can always count likes and followers.

William: I always say that no matter how many follow us but who. But massive sale, communities need large or strategic alliances or advertising campaigns, from AdWords promotional tools to their own social networks.

#BrandingWeekRD

Here we will refer to post about the event #BrandingWeekRD which will take place between 4 and 8 February 2019 at the Embassy Suites by Hilton Santo Domingo (Dominican Republic). Organized by the team QUIFER Consultants and presence of Eva Collado Durán, of self Paula Fernández-Ochoa, guys at Nancy Vazquez (from Mexico) and who will write, Guillem Recolons.

workshops and conferences will be addressed:

connect to Anabel Ferreiras QUIFER Consultants to reserve a place or to sponsor the event.

We hope you have enjoyed this dialogue about personal branding, I hope you will be encouraged to participate in Santo Domingo to deepen and put in value.

Non-working skills (short story)

We often think about abilities we acquire long we can be useful lifetime. Unfortunately it is not.

I have been talking a lot about the importance of context. The context is to confirm whether these abilities they are valid or should be updated.

If you study engineering construction and a crisis ensues as there was in 2008 in many countries, possibly this crisis drag you. Unless you have abilities you allow additional output, a plane B.

I will bring a short story (anonymous again) that dramatized the need to adapt well:

The right place

A mother and baby camel chatting under a tree.

Baby camel asked: “Mother, why camels have humps?”

Camel mother considered it and said,: “We are desert animals, so we need the humps to store water and thus to survive with very little reserve”.

Baby camel thought for a moment and said,: “Agree… Why are our legs long and our feet rounded?”

Mom replied: “They are walking through the desert”.

The baby stopped. After a while, the camel asked: “Why our eyelashes are so long? Sometimes in my way”.

Mom answered: “Those long and thick eyelashes protect your eyes from the desert sand when the wind blows.

The baby thought and thought. And he answered: “I see. So the hump is to store water when we are in the desert, the legs are for walking through the desert and these eyelashes protect my eyes from the desert. So what do we do in a zoo?”

Our skills and competencies are useful in the right place and time

So is. Have a Ferrari in the Amazon rainforest is as useless as the hump camel at the zoo, whose utility is only photographic. Of course, our abilities not expire. Our pair of camels could be "liberated" by an environmental group and returned to the desert. Maybe they need to practice then is another skill: that of using a abilities "Rusty". Fortunately, instinct is powerful.

Acquire new skills, a must contest SXXI

My colleague Eva Collado Durán often speaks of "permanent beta status" as one of the professional skills of the XXI century. Permanent beta status means not to drop your elbows when studying, to catch up.

A commercial director is obliged to permanently trained in new ways of approaching customers, new sales channels, social selling… If a crisis comes, the company will always consider those professionals who master these new abilities.

Today we have many resources to not stay "rusty". Among them, the books, the MOOC universities, business courses, workshops, educational websites, postgraduates, Masters (many of them with the ease of being online).

If you are like our camels at the zoo, think what new skills you can develop to not stay as a mere object of exposure.

Camels photo by Paul Michaels NZ on Shutterstock.com

Churchill and the Elephant rope: Never give up #Storytelling

One of the many events that make up the legacy and personal branding Winston Churchill Its the "Nunca te rindas”.

The "Never give up" more popular

To be precise, the words of the great British Prime Minister were:

“Never give in, never, never, never, never, in nothing great or small, large or petty, never give in except to convictions of honor and good sense. Never yield to force; never yield to the apparently overwhelming might of the enemy.”

(Nunca te rindas, nunca, nunca, nunca, en nada, grande o pequeño, largo o corto, nunca cedas ante tus convicciones de honor y sentido común. Nunca te rindas ante la fuerza, nunca sucumbas ante el poder aparentemente abrumador del enemigo”)

Context is everything

The context of the words is important. Many thought that spoke after winning the allied side World War 2. It is not like this, He uttered every day from radio waves to encourage citizens to resist while German bombs smashed the city of London. Awesome, ¿no?

Short story: Elephant rope

Today, following the thread of the short story Don't judge before knowing the context and the personal story, I published a few days ago, I bring you another story, Unfortunately anonymous, which draws very well the idea that often live in a cage is not possible to leave.

Elephant rope / storytelling

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Eduardo saw pass a group of circus elephants. Something caught her eye: these huge creatures were linked to each other through a ridiculous rope tied to his foreleg. unchained, without cages. It was obvious that the elephants could break their bonds at any time. Y, for some reason, they did.

He saw the tamer and asked why these animals just stood there and did not try to escape.

Well, said domador, when they are very young and much smaller we use the same size rope to tie them and, at that age, It is sufficient to hold. As they grow, They are conditioned to believe they can not be separated. They believe the rope can still hold them, so they never try to break free.

Eduardo could not believe it. Elephants could be released at any time from bondage, but as they believed that they could not, They were trapped.

Do not do like them. Nunca te rindas

Like elephants, How many times have you gone through life clinging to the belief that you can not do something, simply because you've failed before?

Failure is part of learning; You must never give up the fight. Watch your personal brand. As Winston Churchill repeated day after day, never give up.

Elephant in a bridge illustration by Orla on Shutterstock.com

Don't judge before knowing the context and the personal story

Watch the boy in the image. You do not know, but perhaps you would be able to venture a stereotype character based on your experience… A posh boy who has run away from home? Young man adventurer in search of experiences?

The truth is that we have a tendency to try and make stories without knowing the context and the story. All due to the imaginative force causing the first impression. Could he be a serial killer traveling after his next victim? And the next occupant of the White House in 10 years ago?

A short history of context and story that will surprise

A boy 24 years looking out the train window shouted….

“Dad, look at the trees that go behind!”
The father smiled and a young couple sitting nearby, He looked somewhat childish behavior pity the boy when he screamed again…

“Dad, Look how clouds haunt us!”

The couple could not resist and told the father…

“Why not take your child to a good doctor?” The father smiled and said,… “I did and just left the hospital, my son was born blind and his eyes just received today”.

Every person on the planet has a history. Not worth judge without knowing the context and the story of people. That truth may surprise you.

I confess that I have looked hard the author of this story without success. If you know who it is, please, write me at the end of the post to include.

The importance of context

In the era of postverdad, forget the context and seek the easy holder. And that makes us tertulianos tweets. And we know that the context is very often what gives meaning to history, as in the case of our young train. Prejudging is too easy.

Personal brand, the context and the story

If you do not want others to manufacture its truth upon us, It is vital to Take Back the context and the story own. Many answers about why you have to work the personal brand (what we know as personal branding strategy) They are behind the need for control our story.

Let's avoid prejudge. Perhaps not necessary to reveal all our secrets, some discretion is appreciated. But when someone we look, outside and inside the network, better not give a wrong idea, biased or incomplete who we are and what we can do for others.

Boy looking at the window photo by Corepics VOF on Shutterstock.com

#TEDxEixample> promoters of ideas that can change the world Wanted

Two months ago I was in Lleida to witness the TEDxLleida 2018. There was of Pau Samo, who told me he had given witness to the organization Montse Diaz after three years of success as an organizer and licensee in Lleida and two in Amposta. The ideas contained in the papers this year loved, and stressed especially:

Birth of a new TED: TEDxEixample

Pau told me he wanted to talk to me in a few days in Barcelona, I had a proposal for me. Said and done, a few days later he told me that he had gotten a license “big” for a new TED in Barcelona that would take the name of the most emblematic district, the Eixample, the brainchild of Ildefons Cerda, engineer, urbanist, lawyer, Catalan economist and politician SXIX.

And that was not all. Pau told me to go ahead with this new challenge. With me, and some more, of course. Newsmaker. I could'nt believe it. I had been on stage two years ago TEDx Lleida, with a Talk about super powers (the values). And I saw how complex and exciting to organize a TEDx. A year of work consumed in a magical evening.

Emotional payment of a volunteer

I've always thought that a volunteer does not charge money, cobra emotional benefits, to see that other people can minimally improve their lives because of your time. And TED is that, a non-profit. And also the TEDx licenses that were created in 2009, raised as independent events (in fact, the "x" means "organized act independently).

In TEDx not charge the organizing team, They do not charge the speakers, and it is intended that the costs involved in the event (space, video and sound, Photography, catering, travel and subsistence expenses of speakers, web, social networks, acreditaciones) They are covered between sponsors and attendees entries.

I prefer to call them drivers of ideas

The word sponsor is me short when it comes to boosting ideas that can change the world. So I prefer to see them as enablers, as promoters of ideas. To bring speakers to expose ideas worth sharing requires a small investment, and not for what they charge (TEDx remember not paid its rapporteurs), is the cost of organizing the event.

If you are reading this and know impellers ideas, please, Tell them to go through the contact section of the website TEDxEixample.

Culture as a framework for the first edition

We did not have to discuss what would be the theme of the first edition: Culture. Barcelona's Eixample is a cultural engine, there is La Pedrera, The Fundació Tàpies, Palau Robert, Batllo house, House Punxes, Casa Elizalde, The Holy Family, the Hospital de Sant Pau… Poetry, town planning, architecture, culture, painting, literature, music, Photography, dance, film will star the # TEDxEixample19.

Proud to be part of a team

Perhaps this is the best part, Finding a collaborative environment of people armed to the teeth of motivation. We will not be creators of ideas, but believers, and we'll give everything so that in the first edition, expected (even without closed date) for spring 2019, a success. The measure of success is not money sponsorship, or the number of attendees, is the quality and capacity to mobilize ideas to be exposed.

A pleasure to share many days of illusion (and pressure, why deny) Pau Samo, Robert Ferrer, Rubén G. Castro, Carmen Gibert and Helena Casas, those who will join more, definitely.

In this TEDXEixample official website You can find more information. And finally, I leave you with one of my favorite TED talks, that will make you lift chair, to the Julian Treasure “Talking to listen to us”. A marvel. Have a nice week!

 

Shareholding emotional perhaps innocently, Utopia or road?

Some time ago recreated this concept “emotional shareholder” understood as symbolic co-owned to a brand or organization. At the end of the month, They pass through my hands many articles on employer branding (talent attraction) and on retaining talent. I explain briefly:

Talent retention

I think as a concept “retaining talent” literally reflects the image of a guy in a business Caged. I think it does not require much explanation. Nevertheless, the concept “retaining talent” continues to occupy headlines and few have bothered to explain that actually, It is loyalty, to convince, and not to retain.

Attracting talent

In this case, the employer branding understood as attracting talent, not always use the right hooks to do. Talent you may attract many ways, go fishing but is not one of them. Basically because we are neither fish nor shoes, We are people. We also are talented. Although the third meaning of the SAR on talent refers to intelligent people, the first two define the ability to understand or ability to perform. So, are human qualities, so we could define talent as a quality, and not the person who possesses.

Which is the topic? its not about talent, It is people.

It may seem shallow leave all this in a matter of lexicography. But is not: In the first case, We do not talk about retaining talent, We speak to persuade people, to convince them, of ilusionarlas, fidelizarlas. In the second case we talk about attracting talent, We speak to persuade people, to convince them, of ilusionarlas to a project… Do you see the coincidence? Exact! As it turns out there is a common denominator between loyalty and attract people: always it tries to persuade, to convince, ilusionar, and, If you let me, thrill.

emotional shareholding: convince people satisfied satisfied people

In this chart I show the main reasons leading to a professional to stay -a taste- in the organization or brand you work:

professional conviction

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This leads me to think about the concept of emotional shareholder, the feeling of being part of the brand, although no titles are held on it. Emotional shareholder is best to attract new professionals. It first makes a possible candidate when bidding for work-not forget- you see how “home” inside. And we're just a click of a check as easy as that.

Emotional shareholder may seem naive, Utopia, but also a way to recover, within the context of a more human branding, human branding.

We recover the essence of that yogurt named Bio before and assuring “making inside looks abroad”.

Have a nice week!

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What is the positive impact on society want to leave? You got it? It called purpose

Why do you wake up every morning, beyond money or happiness? Are you in your hands better world, or a small part thereof? Why or who you're ready to fight? What makes that sometimes do not remember lunchtime? and add What is the positive impact on society want to leave?

We welcome the Purpose, to purpose, the vision, the search for meaning.

Some time ago I published on this blog post The person as a unique, a review of the magnificent book by psychologist Viktor Frankl “Man's Search for Meaning” and its observations on the purpose during their captivity in several Nazi concentration camps during World War 2. One conclusion of their studies is that people with a higher purpose, something that was waiting for them beyond the fences, They survived better than others.

In the field of organizations, as I said Ivan Diaz, branding expert and founder of Branzai, “Reality, is that the whole company that has elements of focus, ie propositions that help to walk in the same direction, It grows above average. It's more, any company that has defined a Brand Purpose, It is highly likely to have greater brand culture, and that by itself already it makes you above average.”

The transcendentalist philosopher Ralph Waldo Emerson (1803-1882) he said “The purpose of life is to be happy. It is to be useful, be honorable, be compassionate, do that makes a difference that you have lived and lived well “. I agree, Happiness may be a consequence of your purpose and how you take it out, not an end in itself.

I help to draw futures“. That's my purpose. It took me years to discover, and I did simply analyzing the positive impact of what I was doing in my work as personal burner.

Agree, and how does this apply in an organization?, who is the reponsable?

I recommend reading a great article Harvard Business Review called Creating a Purpose-Driven Organization, Robert E. Queen and Anjan V. Zhakor, two teachers and consultants. It's a long article but full of examples, fruit of their research and consulting experience.

It is extraordinary the mobilizing force of a good purpose. But demobilize his absence or purpose other than genuine. The article talks about a company that during the crisis of 2008 He tripled their income in subsequent years, fidelizó the better their professional and more. So, is not only an improvement of intangibles.

I know, You think it's much easier to write the purpose of a non-profit organization (ONG, administrations, public school, Public hospitals…). It is not like this. To a funeral home business can generate a positive impact on society, humanizing dealing with family, facilitating the procedures… The same with a company of military equipment did not the blue helmets of the O.N.U. They do not act as a peacekeeping force? No excuses serve. any organization (no criminal) creates a positive impact on society. You have to research what. Most important, share it.

I can not agree more with the phrase Simon Sinek, leadership expert: “Customers never feel anything for a company until its people first sit”.

In any case, and again recommend reading the article, summarize their 8 keys to creating an organization with higher purpose:

  1. Display an inspired workforce.
  2. Discover the purpose.
  3. Recognizing the need for authenticity.
  4. Convert the true message in a constant message.
  5. Encourage individual learning.
  6. Convert to middle managers into leaders driven by objectives.
  7. Connect people with the purpose.
  8. “Break free” to the change agents

Connect people with their purpose

Quinn and Thakor conclude that “although a purpose does not guarantee economic benefits, We have seen impressive results in many organizations. And other research, particularly the study of Gartenberg, which included 500.000 people in 429 and companies involved 917 annual observations between 2006 and 2011- It suggests a positive impact on operating financial performance (asset performance) and forward-looking performance measures when the purpose is clearly communicated.

So the purpose is not just a lofty ideal; It has practical implications for financial health and competitiveness of your business. People who find meaning in their work do not accumulate their energy and dedication:. release them, challenging conventional assumptions about economic self-interest. They grow rather than stagnate. They do more, and make it better.”

Do you still think that the purpose due to an empty and simplistic rhetoric? If you have banished the idea, You have a mission as leader of your organization: connect people with their purpose.

 

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The paradox of personal branding, Do I care about the image I project or the value I bring??

Recently I read a very interesting article, written by Daniel Romero-Abreu and published from Fundacom.lat. are title Beyond the personal brand: personal positioning and I highly recommend reading, which I extract some parts in this post.

First of all I want to see that Daniel is an authority on the subject, founding president Thinking Heads. It has developed a methodology that transcends, in his words, management of personal branding. It's about the Personal Positioning Strategy (PPS), and defined as “a single management system an individual's personal brand itself and taking action as -in front axle traditional image- models based on the knowledge that the character is capable of generating”.

Reference Article, Romero-Abreu ensures “…Proliferate vendors as vendors Personal Brand Fierabrás balm in times of Don Quixote. Nevertheless, the purchase of creating a brand that gives you glare is not the magic cure for our ills”. Also it states that “…the brand (personal) It should be the result of what one is or professionally worth, and not vice versa”. Style to the substance is imposed.

I must confess that what is happening with the term your personal brand It is the closest thing to an adulteration, the creation of an ersatz. First, because the confusion between personal branding (management aware of your personal strategy) and personal brand (the result) It is common in many forums. But secondly it seems that all of substance (background) It is reduced to a minimum, leaving the service of the form.

confusions

I imagine a being who comes from another planet lands in the world, and on their own trying to figure out what this is about personal branding and personal branding.

You would find very confusing definition on Wikipedia: starts well: “Personal brand, English personal branding, It is a concept of personal development consisting consider certain individuals as a brand.” I already seems Terribe personal brand that translates as personal branding, when it should be marca personal. But we also consider, without further ado, as trademarks.

And that's not all. That being come from another world would find more elements of confusion, as you can see in the following experiment.

The experiment

I wear time with an experiment observation terminology around personal branding. I take out from various digital platforms, as blogs, networks as Instagram, Pinterest, Linkedin y Twitter. Especially, the monitoring center hashtags as #personal brand and #personalbranding.

Normally I keep track Feedly a limited number of professionals who learn and those who respect. In this case, I let go with the flow, without pretending to be selective. Isn't it?, I do not intend to publish a white paper with the results of the experiment, but me being served to ratify the position of Daniel Romero-Abreu.

These are some of the elements associated:

  1. It seems that this is the famous, beautiful people.
  2. It openly maintains that “brand is style”.
  3. In very graphic networks like Pinterest or Instagram, personal motivation phrases monopolize the term.
  4. A Google Alerts, sports record and personal brand go hand in hand.
  5. Get more followers on social networks seems to be the Mecca of personal branding.
  6. The colors you choose in your wardrobe are more important than the way you think and act.
  7. Brand positioning is the place you occupy in Google, not in the minds of others.
  8. Personal brand only exists in digital media. Down the street we leave no mark.
  9. The word “passive income” It is often linked with personal branding.
  10. And I could go…

What is not associated with personal branding and personal branding to

It has cost me a lot, outside the inner circles that I follow, find associations personal brand or personal branding with:

  • Value
  • Adding value
  • Personal strategy
  • Value proposal
  • Purpose the purpose
  • Values

You might conclude that is often confused personal brand management (personal branding) marketing staff, with the elements that make the most visible person.

Not a long time ago, my good friend and mentor Andrés Pérez Ortega, in its post Slavery numbers, He meant that many of the people who defend a strategic idea of ​​personal branding do not appear in searches of personal brand. The reason is that those who dominate the first few pages are the ones who dominate the SEO. Which calls into question, in the opinion of Andrew, which comparto-, the adequacy of Google as a tool “would be” search.

The paradox of personal branding

A while ago I published the post A teacher without personal brand personal brand? It referred to sometimes, who talk about this have been based on those ephemeral evidence, without further investigation. Surely, without having read books like Expertología, without having read Edward de Bono, a Al Ries y Jack Trout, a Ivan Diaz . The paradox of personal branding is that we have to worry about both the value we bring (the bottom) like “how cute” we are on Google.

Our being from another world will have to research a lot to understand that personal branding is not just the image we project, that this, at the end, revolves around the value.

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