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personal brand and lateral thinking

ago 40 Maltese thinker years Edward de Bono he published his "Lateral Thinking”, one of the best manuals creativity that has existed. I assure you that the method described in the book of Bono remains more relevant than ever. Today I will try to draw an analogy between the lateral thinking and personal branding.

If we consider that a personal brand is the bearer of a message and if we consider that this message should be compelling, Differential and relevant, we have a justification for using techniques divergent or lateral thinking.

To make a difference to help us generate a preference we need to think and act differently (Einstein got that too). Tom Peters, on “The brand You 50” It establishes forms of divergent thinking as "The main chance is becoming a free agent in an economy of free agents, looking to do your best work and to secure a remarkable track record”.

If we spend our lives trying to solve our weaknesses, We abandon our strengths and we will lose a unique opportunity to To position a linear environment.

Here we summarize some of the techniques that includes lateral thinking, both provocation and analogies:

random word

It is introducing a random word (entry point), then generate a word that is related to it, and so on, repeating this last step. Each time you change the word will attempt to link this to the problem for which you are looking for a solution, generating potential ideas.

Escape

In this case or objects involved in the problem under consideration and refuses or cancels a feature of it. From this new environment, this new situation created, They are seeking ideas with the usual tools.

Stepping stone

Here the idea is to exaggerate, distort or modify in any way an entity of the problem environment (is generally very useful to assume some entity is such that as it were want, not as it really is).

The method investment

Investment in these problems are altered in your direction to see what your hand and see how it can be solved, see the problem and turn to reach a favorable outcome. As this method is not planning to solve the problem of taking full but the main idea to invest serve to approach your solution. The investment approach also tries to avoid chain of ideas and stubbornness, find the craziest solutions may work sometimes. See the problem from different points of view, not look only at one, have different viewing angles that allow us to have a clearer view of the problem, not see superficially.

Fractionation or division

The purpose of fractionation is to break the solid model unit ideas, no matter what is confused at some points, but not about finding the parts or components split models, but creating new parts and fractionating the same components. Thus, by splitting the model, material is obtained for a restructuring models, It is attempting to form a new order. The purpose of fractionation is to avoid the effects of implicit models inhibition fixed by its decomposition.

appropriate responses

According to De Bono, There are three ways in which thought can be blocked: You may be missing some information, there may be a mental block or the obvious obstructs the vision of a better option. The third case would have a solution with the side logic. Once the information is structured and difficult to transform it into something else. Thus it seems obvious that the only way out is one that offers information and structured, so if responds to the problem being solved, it seems that there is no need to seek another.

I assure you that if you aplicáis one or more of these techniques to improve your personal brand. Often I meet clients presenting clear cases blocking. For example, people with extensive experience in a field, having failed in a project, They decide to reinvent renouncing experience.

I wish you well in trying. If you need a little help, count on me.

Mrs. Carme Chacon, you have no hurry

Yesterday the defense minister and “presidenciable” by the PSOE, Carme Chacón, He gave us know at a news conference he will not stand to organize their party primaries to choose candidates / a for the general elections scheduled for March 2012.

Source: Wikipedia

I have not talked in this blog lateral thinking, but today, and with this news, It is a good opportunity to do so. The minister, I imagine well advised, He has applied lateral thinking in its purest form to decline his candidacy. Vertical or logical thinking would have encouraged to stand for a primary, where he had some chance of success against a congress.

And Chacón knows that whoever wins the primary “It will burn” against the PP next March. Why have such a short life?. If not candidate, think that the minister has just 40 just turned years (Pisces, by the way), and it has a looong time ahead. Lateral strategy is clear: let time pass. There is no hurry. First you have to wear those who give the face in the PSOE in the next four or eight years, and then the ground will be prepared.

very clever, minister.

#lateraltwits 26 Twitter as a means of attracting people

I hope that companies engaged in HR are not angry with me, but the truth is that Twitter It is becoming gradually an interesting tool networking and capture “talent”.

I have seen him in person when two customers asked me to locate very specific profiles with time constraints that made it almost impossible mediation by a human resources specialist. And I found them pretty quickly. Over time, It is not difficult to overcome 500 or 600 twitter followers (remember that you also should follow), which creates an interesting belt. If you also place a hashtag easy to remember what you can accelerate.

I have the feeling that Twitter + Linkedin they can become perfect platforms for active job search. its immediacy, low costs (nulos a Twitter), and above all, synthesis capacity versus heavy curricula formats, are its main advantages. Of course, If I worked in that sector I'd get in there head.

related posts: In the "LateralTwits" series we've talked about Twitter as a communication medium, Twitter as a platform for dialogue, Twitter as a means of information ,Twitter as a means of contact, Twitter as a public forum, Twitter as a means of complaint,Twitter as a social network open, Twitter como SMS social, Twitter as a tool for personal branding, Twitter as a work tool, Twitter as a barometer of public opinion, Twitter as a platform for interviews and debates in real time, Twitter as a way of life , Twitter as a large base of public or private data (Twitter lists), Twitter as a stimulus to creativity, Twitter as public agenda (political and Twitter), Twitter como fanpage, Twitter as a personal page, Twitter as a promotional item for businesses, Twitter as web symbol 2.0, Twitter como teaser, Twitter as an open book, Twitter como error, Twitter as a witness everyday and Twitter as a forum for recommendations

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?

14. Are you cooking a great idea?

Despite our frantic activity, We dedicated only to think new ideas a minute or two a day. Fagocita time to renew our initiative. The urgent always precedes and surpasses the important. At this point it will be very difficult for us to innovate to create a new project or to reinventarnos to ourselves.

An advice: create routines. I, specifically, I try to spend a minimum of 30 minutes a day thinking about issues not related to the day to day. How? Following simple techniques. Carried away by inspiration while you shower or do sports sounds good, but it is usually preferable to have a blank paper and a pencil in hand and follow some method.

The lateral thinking It is a good way to break excessively logical reasoning. Isn't it?, It is not new. Maltese thinker Edward de Bono He published his work “Lateral Thinking” Towards the year 1970. Here I attached the differences between logical or vertical thinking and lateral thinking.

VERTICAL THINKING LATERAL THINKING
Vertical thinking moves only if there is a direction to move. Lateral thinking moves to create an address.
Vertical thinking know what you are looking for. The lateral thinker seeks but does not know what you are looking for until you find it.
Vertical thinking is analytical. Lateral thinking is provocative.
Vertical thinking is based on the sequence of ideas. Lateral thinking can and should perform jumps.
Vertical thinking in denial is used to block bifurcations. In lateral thinking not rejected any way and all are explored by absurdities that seem.
In vertical thinking it is excluded what appears unrelated to the topic. In lateral thinking it is investigated to what seems totally unrelated to the topic.
In vertical thinking categories, classifications and labels are fixed. In lateral thinking they never are.
In vertical thinking the most obvious ways continue. Wanted in thinking the less obvious.
Vertical thinking is a finite process. Lateral thinking is a probabilistic process.

Creativity to define lateral thinking

Awesome video that mixes a definition of lateral thinking by Edward De Bono with graphic flowing words during speech.

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"Excellent, but not enough "vs NUDGE . Similarities between Edward de Bono and new sources of inspiration for Obama.

In his message "new words" of 2 February, Edward de Bono It highlights the need to create new words to facilitate language. I was especially struck by the thought that De Bono on the new word “Abhne” (Excellent, but not enough, of English "Excellent But Not Enough”). Without that word it is hard to ask for a change without attacking what.

Not so much to seek perfection as search alternatives Once we have found the answer to a problem. The question here is whether we have found the right answer using the parameters of logic or whether we should review other possible answers, a priori "out of logic", but that lead us to the right path for other paths.

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Here I link with the philosophy of push or "NUDGE” (microingeniería social” by nudging ", mistranslated) that is inspiring policy Obama. Nudge, the book of Richard Thaler, It includes an illustrative story: an operator cleaning came up with an ingenious measure: draw a fly at a certain point the public urinal, aware that men pointed with great success in the Dutch public toilets. The problem was resolved quickly: men pointed to the insect and cleaning costs down.

Nudge is based on the need to correct, without resorting to prohibit or force, irrational behavior that neither meet the desires of the same individual. Maybe not the revolutionary change that many wanted Obama, but the philosophy of push results in health, education and more fields, insists Thaler. I think this philosophy coincides with the Ebne De Bono, because it stems from the concern to go beyond, keep looking, nonconformity with status quo.

For more information (in Spanish) about Nudge, I recommend you read this article La Vanguardia.

Word of mouth marketing: A case of high creativity, low budget

A satisfied customer Trader Joe, a grocery store, decides to create a home video speaking well of your favorite store. Hang it on youtube. A few days, the video becomes one of the most viewed ads In the net.

The secret? The video quality is not good, but the autor has versionado one conocida samba and he has put a clever text on the products that are there. But the key has been the “word of mouth“, better known herein as “mouth, ear”. That has allowed to exceed 230.000 screenings, almost nothing!!.

 

 

 

Creativity and the Risk Factor, new message from Edward de Bono

The new message from Edward de Bono talks about the need for new approaches to the times of crisis, and greater need for creativity. I prefer that you read the original version:
lightbulbToo often people think of creativity as being concerned with new products, new services and new markets. All of these imply a risk factor. So in difficult times people tend to reduce their creative efforts.

It could be argued that in difficult times there is more need for creativity than at other times. There may be new situations to consider and new problems to solve.
Too often it is forgotten that one of the main outcomes of creativity is ‘simplification’. This may reduce costs, manpower etc. The current way of doing things may not be the best. There may even be operations which can simply be dropped. In my book on Simplicity I suggest dropping passport control on leaving the UK. Three months later this was dropped. I cannot prove any connection.

Effectiveness without values is a tool without a purpose. This maxim -of Maltese thinker Edward de Bono- It has been a constant in the Obama campaign and, possibly, the key to its success.

"The effectiveness without values ​​is a tool without a purpose". No matter the race or beliefs: care about values. Only then Obama won their voters. When he talked about economy, it was not with the coldness of macroeconomic figures, I was facing the families, yes, future their children and grandchildren. Obama seized key concepts, as change and esperanza.

The factor emotional and values They have won the battle to a great candidate, John McCain, who has had the misfortune of having Obama as opponent. Obama was the first candidate who has transferred the responsibility to govern people: “To bring change to Washington, I do not ask you to trust my ability, I ask you to believe in yours. "

Fairplay made in USA: McCain has not only congratulated the winner, It has also ensured that America will be a great president and that blacks have gained pride. Bravo McCain.

The most surprising of this story it is that Obama has won McCain using the weapons themselves Republicans: the values. Anyone who has read "Don’t think of an Elephant"George Lakoff you know what I mean. Who has not read, I recommend heart. real-change-its-yours