Is it always good your people are your brand?

Attached article Tino Fernández on personal branding published in Expansion and Employment, with the collaboration of Guillem Recolons

Many companies are wary of key professionals who reach higher prominence of corporate identity. Difficult fight it.

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They are outstanding ambassadors of companies, their brands and their products. But his strong communication skills, the amount of fans who drag and reaching prominence, driven by social and professional networks, Scares more than one company.

Eva Levy, socia founder of Eva Levy & Partners, He speaks of talented employees who are excellent communicators. This is key professionals who have understood the power of social networks by marketing your personal brand while driving their signatures, creating real economic value and establishing relationships with customers, the media, analysts and shareholders.

Monica Deza, managing partner of W&M Consulting Group, adds that these key employees take advantage and circumstances of a new economic paradigm: “More and more freelance in what is known as the gigeconomy, small work environment. It is well-trained professionals, with good management of your personal brand and leveraging talent outside organizations, with great potential to develop their own career”. Teach people where the key is the sum of your personal brand with the company is an undoubted benefit to the company itself.

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Dan Schawbel, Managing Partner of Millennial Branding and author of the bestseller Me 2.0, It ensures that the recession mean it is not enough to be good at the job itself. “The economic scenario requires everyone to be an expert in your field. Increasingly, you need to be creative to distinguish themselves from others. Your people are your brand -talento is the same as brand-, and a company must decide whether to finally allow their employees this type of evangelization. The advantage of doing this is to have a much more powerful voice, with a more consistent for customers and employees feel empowered and more productive message. If companies do not see their staff as ambassadors for their own brand risk losing them to other companies”.

Guillem Recolons, founder Lateral Consulting, explain what “organizations are realizing that it is increasingly difficult to curb the fact that talented people develop a strong identity. It is better to support them, because ultimately they are in favor of the Corporation, provided that such personal brand is linked to it. Must make way to develop that personal brand, to talk about her in the company, because it is a means of communication with more strength and credibility that corporate messages. And it should be linked to positive values ​​of the firm”.

Stop or restrain
Eva Levy agrees that “If you do not have no differences and the best is not possible to survive in such a competitive market. Today there is a need to distinguish companies, and this is more common for people who for products. So far the organizations gave little importance to these professionals”.

Levy warns that, evidently, that visibility may imply that headhunters and other companies can bid on these brightest professionals. The question is how to retain talent, and this implies more a symbiosis that offer more money. Finding the best has to be constant.

Monica Deza says “Companies are made by people. Many companies are in the process of stopping talent, instead of holding it. Efforts should be that people do not go, investing in it”. In this regard Andrés Pérez Ortega, personal branding expert, He states that one of the keys is “grasp that 1% of professionals who really want to develop this type of activity, using as a marketing tool that minority that is willing to stand. HR directors must pass personal brand managers”.

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Meanwhile believes Dan Schawbel “to recruit every professional must be sure that there is a vision and a common mission, and brand attributes. If you do not hire talent that can be integrated into the corporate culture, This can leave the organization in a short time and ruin the corporate environment”.

The idea is that, once it captures the right employees, it is necessary to train them in all that relates to the agenda of the company and allow the use of social media to build your brand and support the mission of your company.

Schawbel believes that “personal branding becomes selfish and try to be more important than the company itself when the person and organization are not in tune. That's when the employee tends to leave the organization, create your own or to work for another company which itself is aligned with its main interests”.

Guillem Recolons It also refers to the fear that show numerous firms about the possibility of developing personal brands. “In this case adversely they affect people who are not happy in your company. Create your personal brand to say 'Here I am!’; It is an alternative way out of the company. Ideally, organizations know what employees can expect, and they know that companies have them”.

Andrés Pérez recalled that “many companies are afraid of the information coming out, that the perception we have from the outside is not that controls the communication department. The image offered by the company which is not desired to be taken. It is an absurd fear of losing control, because you can not hide or try to control, but make the most of the ability to communicate and promote visibility tools”.

The impressive history of the guy who found the job he wanted using Google Adwords

Subtitle: And it only cost 5 €!!

Sub-Subtitle: Based on a true story

Imagine your life's dream is to find work as a copywriter in one of the 5 best agencies in the country. Imagine also, you're broke and you can not spend more than 4 or 5 € to get your azaña.

I would say the same if your goal is to get into one of the best law firms, economists, engineers. I would say the same if you want to find a good place schoolmaster, commercial manager or whatever you want.

It is easier than it seems to be. You enter Google, are looking Google Adwords and buy some keywords. If you want to buy "adman" will cost a paste. And we only have 4 5 €. Adwords formula is not closed price, if not you pay for auction. If no one wants what you want, will cost 0,15 by clicking, really cheap. But if you want to buy general words like "creative side”, Be prepared to pay a pretty penny.

In our history, what we do is Buy the names of the best creative advertising the country. Why?

Because when searching your name on Google you will find our ad: "Hello Creative Director XXXX, Googlearte yourself is fun. Hire me as a creative in your company, as well. Giving me a call. You are late."

As well, this little story is true, and it ended well. Our friend, whose real name is Alec Brownstein He managed to enter as a senior editor at Young & Rubicam. the contrato Scott Vitrone, a creative director who was amazed Alec's ability to attract attention.

I thank my good friend and companion Linda Reichard by publishing it in its LinkedIn. The story published last 18 May the online newspaper "The Globe and Mail”, and here is the link to see the full story, including an interview with the protagonists.

Welcome to YO, S.A.

I attached an article Andrés Pérez Ortega that Tom Peters predicts citing a- that in the coming years reinvent our job. Published in Puro Marketing. Worth reading.

Andrés Pérez, Peter Drucker y Tom Peters

Personal Brand new professionals

Dice Tom Peters , with such vehemence that characterizes him, we will have to reinvent our job in the coming years, we are one-person companies and services that jobs will be replaced by projects.

Peter Drucker also says that it's time to take charge of our careers as individuals and not just rely on "daddy" company.

Tanto Peters como Drucker, They refer not only consultants but to all types of professionals. Work is over for life and from now we will all have to think like micro services of one person. That is to say, YO mentality prevails, S.A. even if someone pays us a payroll. You could say that in a few years, we will all become consultants and we will change the concept of employment by the project.

Free Agent Nation

Is this a pessimistic view? I do not think so, quite the contrary. It opens a new world of career possibilities. This new way of thinking forces us to rethink our careers. They will no longer be static and linear but must be flexible to adjust to the new market needs.

Although this need to adapt to change requires effort, also we will give the possibility to go choosing what best suits our strengths, our tastes and our goals. we will not be half of our lives doing the same as a result of the choice we made when we were twenty years.

In order to succeed in this new free-agent market we need to know that we are different, that we emphasize or what is the same in discovering our Personal Brand. A personal brand is what differentiates a professional "commodity" or a professional white label with added value. no longer enough to just be competent in your job, you must also be known standards and style above the market average.

Companies that want to survive in the market, They should encourage the Personal Brand of the professionals. As James Speros says (Chief Marketing Officer de Ernst&Young), "Personal Brand of employees is not a threat to the enterprise, but an active ".

Instead of providing security to employees, companies must provide the tools for professionals reinvent themselves and go as far as their talents can take them. Unfortunately in many cases we will meet resistance from employers because even though there is much talk of retaining talent, in many cases rather it seems to stop speaking talent.

Chess and checkers

It may seem that the development of Personal Records by professionals is a risk to the cultures closed, homogeneous and uniform of some companies in general and consultants in particular. However, it does not have to be this way. A personal brand of the analysis and discovery of values, talent and goals of each professional and if these are aligned with those of the company, the risk disappears and becomes a fortress. evidently, the company must make an effort to know what are those values ​​and try to satisfy them.

In a market where the demographic curve is downward and that loyalty to companies is part of the past, these tables pompous say the company mission is to provide shareholder value, are as motivators for our professionals as the glory of the state for a worker in a tractor factory in Ukraine at the beginning of the 90. Companies that want to survive will have to replace the mentality of playing checkers by chess, wherein each piece has a value and a different function.

People trust people

On the other hand, following recent scandals seems that there is some fear of large corporations.

In the same way we associate trademarks to certain values ​​and intangible characteristics, Personal brand can establish solid and lasting links between people. For that reason, when a professional is known for its brand, it is possible to establish a relationship more individual, more personal, more authentic and that can only be beneficial for him and his company, because if one thing is clear it is that people trust people and not entities. It is back to the old personal relationship of trust, which it is established between two people. And that's not the last of the last, but comes back to something they already knew the Phoenicians but seem to have forgotten.

The discovery (not create) a Personal Brand is similar to product development. Five steps:

1. First, you need to understand the market, the context in which we move.

2. In a second stage to do a thorough analysis of the product, in this case it comes to each of us and could be summed up in something as classic as "know thyself". This is the most important stage.

3. Then you need to understand and apply those concepts that make a personal brand becomes stronger as consistency, authenticity, persistence, The visibility, etc.

4. Once discovered the brand, you have to bring it to light and for that classic marketing tools are used but applied to individuals. Fortunately, technology allows us to reach our market almost at zero cost. It's funny how it has spread in the consulting industry utilizing one of the most powerful tools of Personal Marketing, blogs. They are numerous and every day, young consultants who publish blogs talking about their experiences. Of course, most of them do anonymously.

5. All this should not be a mere theoretical exercise but must take action and to do a strategic plan is established Personal Brand.

This process, so simple and known to apply to persons carrying some ten years ago in the US yet, It has not come to our country until recently. Although I can guess the answer (and terrifies me) I'm still wondering Why?

@everybody: Squeezing the orange called Twitter

To build your personal brand interest, among other things, get followers Twitter. Here I leave some tips to boost Twitter and get more out:

  • Fairplay acts: follow your followers and answer the questions or comments that make you directly.
  • Twice perday, Retweet an interesting post you've found a blog in your industry. Your followers want to know about the latest trends, disputes and ideas.
  • Once a day, tweeting a news article about your industry. To find sources, interesting subscribe to alerts Google, Search Google News or some relevant daily, national international.
  • Once a day, twittea a sentence or interesting quote. Those that move reflection. BrainyQuote It is a good source of quotations. Example: I've failed over and over again in my life, so I have achieved success. (Michael Jordan).
  • Once a day, tweeting something personal. In the background, we are humans. It is not all the time to explain what we have eaten or dined, but to recommend a restaurant where we ate yesterday.
  • Once a day answers a question related to your field. Use Twitter search or management application Twitter, as TweetDeck. This is a good way of attracting followers.
  • The use of hashtags It's very important. This is Twitter tags, and here work differently to other platforms. Serve to classify our tweet, in order to identify a topic. As we do when we create a post on our blog, or hang a picture on Flickr, etc ... and we label to classify on a keyword to make relationship. On Twitter we can find on the side, among others listed as "trending topics”. When you write on Twitter and want it to be classified with Hashtag, just write # right in front of the word that identifies the subject of your tweet, that is, If you refer to marketing you should write #Marketing. If we find other Hashtags and see related tweets, we can go to search engine Favorites on the left side.

Do you have a clone on the net?

What if the Googlearte you find people with your same name? Worst, and if any of them has a bad reputation, what will you do?

If this happened to you, urgently you need program Online Reputation. Not much more to say. We will wait for you.

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Distinguish or extinct

retaking the conference on Personal Branding From the past 22 April in Madrid, said the owner of a phrase that caught my attention: distinguish or extinct. It was the final moral talk “wood create leader” guys at Juan Manuel Casado, President Casado Consulting.

Distinguish or extinct. I could not agree more. Anyone who tries to go unnoticed by the world labor can survive. We need to distinguish. Creativity is a fundamental tool to do, but we also need to have a clear vision of where we can go and set ourselves our own marketing plan. A marketing plan self? And why not. Not a long time ago, a consultant and good friend, Jordi Rigual, He launched the idea of ​​creating a marketing plan for Catalonia… and why not?.

If we do nothing, we do soon, and we do it in the most creative way possible, we will go extinct.

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Ladies, Sirs… the curriculum is dead (Or so it seems)

Yesterday I had the opportunity to attend PERSONAL BRANDING / 1er meeting personal brand management which it took place at the Intercontinental Hotel in Madrid.

Coordinated by Mónica Deza, It had excellent speakers: Andrés Pérez Ortega (Own brand), José Manuel Casado (married Consulting), Eduardo García Matilla (Multimedia Corporation), Pablo Melchor (Honest&Smart), Oscar Bilbao (Heirs of Rowan), Javier Curtichs (network), Lourdes Molinero (agathos) and Juan Ramón Plana (AEA).

Interventions that were I remain especially with the first "Personal Brand" by the great Andrés Pérez Ortega and the latest "You are a brand" Veteran Juan Ramón Plana. Perhaps because they were much to my- the most related with the concept of personal branding.

Andrew was critical of large organizations that share something: Many companies do not retain talent, you stop. In this sense, personal branding seems vetoed workers employed. Big mistake, a positive image of professional results in a positive image for a company or brand.

Andres stressed his knowledge formula, based relevance, trust and reputation. At the end, it is people that create brand. Andrés, although not very pro-twitter, It is one of the best bloggers in this country, and I heartily recommend a visit to "their domains ".

Juan Ramón Plana, Director General of the AEA (Spanish Association of Advertisers), put offline counterpart to the creation of brands personales giving excellent examples of people he has crossed his life and that have left an indelible mark (personal branding).

With respect to the title of the post, and non-alarmist, there was much talk of the need "skipping selection processes”. Perhaps it is exaggerated, but the fact is it worth having established a career before coming to a selection process. Frankly, a CV written with fear and a half-hour interview are of little use when analyzing qualitative profiles. Perhaps the curriculum is not dead yet, but it is in the ICU. LinkedIn is the new professional standard of the people, and it will not take long to bury the paper (in the background, It would be more sustainable, ¿no?).

If any of you need more information about the meeting, I'm at your service.

+45: Looking for a second chance

In 2009, more of 1.300.000 people older than 45 years have now joined the unemployment line in Spain.

I read a few months ago in Expansion professionals over 45 years are among the hardest hit by the economic crisis. It is somewhat curious that this age represents the fullness of leadership, the maturity, experience. Do not have value all that? Yes, Of course it does, but also that age may represent the highest salary level of a professional. And here comes the problem.

What are the alternatives for these professionals?

Companies prefer younger. Budget issue. But questions are emerging What are the alternatives for these professionals? How can exploit its advantages?

  1. Continue working for the same company that you terminated the contract, but from outside. Starting a business is an appropriate solution to unemployment for this group. While companies cut costs, there are functions that have to keep doing and that now outsource. Because, placed on their own can be an interesting alternative, because for the company to hire these services is cheaper, and professional work in a familiar field and builds on lessons learned.
  2. Find a new job as an employee. That maybe you should take into account two factors. On the one hand, be willing to lower i perhaps more rigid working conditions remuneration (The crisis forces). On the other, in this estapa is essential leverage to Acquire training in new areas of knowledge. In other words, catch up (Languages, technologies…).
  3. Becoming an entrepreneur And why not? With 45 years one can support elements that a junior can not offer: A good network, management skills and competence most important, the value of leadership. The only brake that could have here is the willingness to change, but as the crisis forces, the approach could be as simple as "now or never".

Becoming yourself a brand

The option chosen is chosen, our advice will be the same: Working depth personal reputation, reposition, strengthened and, above all, Informing the rest of the world ABOUT US, AS WE ARE, and what we can do for a company, for a society…

At this point is absolutely indispensable tool PERSONAL BRANDING In order to get our offer to the outside world. Today, the possibilities of web 2.0 facilitate the issuance of quick messages to specific groups and economic. The curriculum is outdated, Now our base information on experience and training hangs on LinkedIn or Viadeo, or Xing or Plaxo.

If we want to extend our particular view on a topic, we have to throw the ring and blogs Twitter, publish our opinions on YouTube. In a nutshell, must be disclosed.

Afraid to jump? Contact, We have skipped a lot. grecolons@lateral.es

18. Do you use often Google to find answers?

If so, well done. Google It is one of the largest sources of knowledge. And not only for its search websites, as well as image search, blogs, Map, alerts… If you also have knowledge of English, expand your answers, since the sum razes. Google will take you to Wikipedia, a YouTube, the millions of blogs in the world, social networks, online press, thematic websites…

I only see one but. And is that many of us we do not know properly use Google metabuscador. Not the same look that Lateral Consulting “Lateral Consulting”. In the first case we have more than 1 million answers, most unrelated. In the second case we have just over 3.000 but totally related. Try it with your name or your company.

More clues?

  • AND: by default Google launches in search results linking the words entered by the user using this operator. So the end result of a search without specifying anything or using the AND operator will be the results that contain both specified words list. The searches “Used cars AND” or “used car” get the same results, a list of Web sites that contain the word cars and the word occasion.
  • OR the symbol "|” : If you want to specify that the appearance of the two words is not necessary in each search result, but each of them separately, you must specify the OR operator between the terms to be met this criterion. “Used cars OR” now will result a list of Web sites that contain the term cars or occasion.
  • The operator - : to exclude search results. It must be specified before the term to avoid so that the results are sought that do not contain the specified word. “car -ocasión” search the Web sites containing the word car but no chance.
  • You can be assigned to different areas limiting them operators parentheses: “(car OR motorcycle) AND occasion” will search all websites that contain the word cars or motorbikes and either of these two is essential to appear occasion.

special commands:

  • “site:site_name words to search”, search only in this site.
  • “site:es.wikipedia.org mathematics”, searches for all pages that contain the word “mathematics” within the web https://es.wikipedia.org. You can consult a site even when it does not work by clicking the button “cache” that appears next to each search results.
  • It puts one “define:” followed by a word (not: define:Body) See definitions and encyclopedic texts on the subject.
  • using “cache:” before a URL, We will show the contents of the cache Google (This is useful at times when for some reason a direction is not accessible temporarily).
  • If you type “filetype:” followed by the extension of a file will search pages containing that file extension. For example: University filetype:doc

17. What was the last time you tried to create something new?

If anything good has the crisis It is forcing the need for change. Not in vain, the Greek word crisis means change. It's hard, unless you work in the public administration, in recent years and months has not been a change in your employment status.

Right now it is when it is most important reinventing oneself. Something like a of construction Ferran Adrià, but your own ideas and projects. If you've done for years and no “sell”, urgently you need to change the perspective. Introduce new elements, evolve. The web 2.0 It has opened many new horizons. You can work online better than ever. TV viewing habits change, and increase the hours in front of computer and internet.

Can anyone imagine that personal branding might be just as fast and effective without the network?

Finally a tip. If you try while not creating something new, we go wrong. The changes come from creative processes. He spends a few hours a day to think of something new. If you need help, I suggest an old hand “A technique for producing ideas” guys at James Webb Young. It has years but it works.