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Three Key Values in Political Personal Branding, , or why trust fails

Political Personal Branding? I must admit that my first clients at Personal Branding, on 2006, were active politicians. I'd rather not give names for avoiding stupid typecasting in one option or another. The tailor's wife is the worst clad, now the policy has lost the strategic position of the center and has gone to extremes. That implies the nonsense of the polarization "either you're with me or you're against me".

In this post I'm dealing with the origin of the crises of confidence in politics. If you have little time, here's a one-minute summary video.

Misconception 1 on political branding: Value crisis

We all have values. Some of us have even bothered to find out what they are. Values are universal principles by which we people are governed. They are our secret guide to knowing how to live harmoniously in community and evolve.

There are authors who argue that the values (what I also call super-powers) are innate to the human being. I prefer to think that they are also influenced by our culture, society, family, religion...

How to identify your values

I propose two actions:

  1. Find out the values you project on others
  2. Understand what the core values are for you.

In the first case, you need feedback. You can do it simply through email and spontaneously: Knowing me as you know me, what do you think are my top five values? And you can do it as a "pro", using a Google Form, suggesting 20 values in a list and asking them to choose a maximum of 5. You can extract the values from this page 100 values and their meaning.

In the second case, it's about you selecting the 5 values that for you are inalienable.

Once you have the results of both tests, select the three coincidences and you will already have what we know as pillar values.

The temple of political branding values

Well, in the case of a politician, his/her three pillar values should be leadership, honesty and coherence. This chart, which I use in my personal political branding classes, it's quite clear:

the temple of values pillars in political branding

On the one hand every politician should pursue a goal that went beyond winning an election or making money. The objective, in this case closer to the purpose, should refer to a way of improving society.

For another, at the base of the temple, we have the instruments that the politician will use to achieve that purpose: Connection, dialogue (Program...) and commitment.

And on the other we have the columns, which are the values or principles that manage that dialogue with their audiences (citizens) to achieve purpose.

The stock crisis

The stock crisis, the crisis in political branding, occurs when some of these three pillar values is non-existent or breaks.

  • Without leadership it's impossible to even run as a candidate, leadership is the basis of respect for teams working with politicians and citizens. You may not like Trump., but no one disputes their skills as a leader.
  • Honesty it's transparency. Said the great politician Don Enrique Tierno Galván that politicians' pockets should be glass. You may not have liked the former Uruguayan president. Pepe Mujica, but I'm sure you don't doubt that you honestly and transparently presided over your country.
  • About coherence, I recover the phrase of Walter Riso: "Don't forget to sustain your speech with what you do. Anyone talks, very few act: it's called coherence". For this line they suspend the 90% of politicians with relevant positions. Often because they get carried away by party interests, other times by what the polls say, others by lobbying pressure.

Would you be able to identify 5 politicians who have been true to these three values? I invite you to leave a comment below, and from there we will generate a debate.

Misconception 2 on political branding: the ego is the enemy

Ryan Holiday wrote a small work of art "The ego is the enemy” (Paidós Company, 2017). Beyond recommending his reading, I prefer to advance some keys of the text to avoid the bad side of the ego (there's a good one) with no mood to spoiler:

  • Humble in the Aspirations.
  • Benevolent in the success.
  • Resilient in the failure.

The ego is often the culprit for breaking negotiations, Harmony, leadership, a lot of things in politics. But as Ryan Holiday reminds us, it's also the ego control that has made it easier for Eleanor Roosevelt, Benjamin Franklin or Angela Merkel, among others, "will courageously endure misfortune without the ego having made them focus on themselves".

"I have come to politics to change the world". That's how the journey of a policy professional begins. Worthy purpose. At what point do you twist? One of them, is when the ego becomes the obstacle rather than the road. "I'm in politics to line myself, " confessed Vicente Sanz (former secretary general of the People's Party of Valencia in 1990) in a combination of ego and excess sincerity.

Misconception 3 on political branding: forget the customer

Consequence of this (values + ego) is that the politician, and often the party, forget the customer. And they focus on something that the customer is indifferent: win the next election. The customer is the citizen, it's you, we're all.

Managing politics at tweet stroke is dangerous. You may have the advantage of informative immediacy, but the tweet removes the context to leave a headline that, without context, it's explosively dangerous.

The Spanish case

Spain has seen an impressive crisis of political confidence in recent years. According to data from the Centre for Sociological Research (C.I.S.), the situation regarding the concern of Spanish citizens is as follows:

The reading of the chart is diverse. But a key is that the cause of concerns such as unemployment finally looms, corruption or the state of the economy: politicians.

They may pay righteous for sinners, fortunately not all politicians have broken their core values, have acted moved by the ego or forgotten the citizen.

Spain is undergoing a serious process of infantilization of politics, and because of this the main political leaders are unable to sit down and negotiate the best for the citizen. Instead, they just look at the short-term of an election victory. And in the meantime, many laws are still in the swamp, extended and outdated budgets because they can't find majorities to approve them. There's a clear loser: you, US. Citizens.

The case of political stagnation has propelled the publicist and television presenter Risto Mejide to collect signatures to found a new party: yes, PNLH (Worst We Won't). If you get the necessary support, spain may have a view in the future of someone who respects a value system, that doesn't put the ego ahead and that it values The phrase of Charles de Gaulle, Prime Minister of France 1944 and 1946:

I have come to the conclusion that politics is too serious to leave in the hands of politicians

Personal Branding político

Let's not lose hope. The personal branding político it can be a way for those who start. In case you know any group of candidates (ideally 20) who really believe in politics with the focus of citizens, send him this infographic, it's from the workshop that we develop hand-in-hand with my Mexican partner Nancy Vazquez. Download it in PDF in good resolution here: Infographic of the Political Personal Branding Workshop.

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Have a nice week!

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Los embajadores de marca de la casa: the secret of trust

Guillem: Let me ask you a question, Nancy: Who you trust more, In a influencer you recommend a product or service, a convinced user, or the expert who created it thinking of you (Employee Advocate)?

Nancy: good question, Guillem. For me the ideal is the combination of "Brand lover "o"Brand advocate" with the most knowledgeable and expert of that product or service, what we know as the internal brand ambassador or "employee advocate”.

Guillem: For easier understanding about the different profiles, let's define better the motivations, behaviors and communication skills of each group of brand speakers.

If you do not have much time, We invite you to view a summary of this post on a one-minute video.

The three types of brand ambassadors

External brand ambassador 1: the influencer profile

You can represent a brand, always in exchange for financial remuneration. his communication range It is important, as they are often people with strong level of influence and with very large communities. They are attractive to brand. maybe his weakness is his lack of service or product. David Ogilvy said "the consumer is not stupid, is my wife", and consumers are increasingly better informed and to be convinced by someone solely because of their fame.

External brand ambassador 2: yes, brand lover or brand advocate

Unlike the previous, their motivation is the positive experience with the brand, product or service. They are convinced that is the best brand, recommend it naturally your friends, family, colleagues… They are gold for brands, sometimes they are not easy to identify because they use more word-of-mouth, and They do not always use social networks to project its recommendations. Their communities are small (compared with the influencer), but its credibility is high, and make more than influencers.

The employee advocate: In-company brand ambassador

It is the domestic brand ambassador. The internal brand ambassador is a professional profound knowledge Product or service. Is the technical expert, a profile that includes R & D, marketing, sales, production ... and who knows more than anyone the benefits of using the product or service. They are influencers qualitative and experts, their communities are small, but its ability to multiply the scope and "engagement" of corporate communication is proportionally the highest. Are nurses and hospital doctors, are the engineers and mechanics of a car model, It is the designer and the guide of a tourist route, He is the architect and real estate specialist retailer. About his technical knowledge, others for their knowledge of the motivations and needs of its customers.

Your first customers are indoors

So says Richard Branson: the first is the one who convinced tested and improved the product before releasing it to the market. Y that is the maximum transmitter public trust, above advertising, public relations, promotions. The person-to-person communication is unbeatable. And there is now the perfect ecosystem for an insider, a internal brand ambassador, contact a prospective client out, talk you, reassure, will ensure your decision.

El ebook “Employee Advocacy: The power of the brand ambassadors of the house "is here

Nancy: Guillem, What information gives us this free ebook we have worked together since Integra Personal Branding with you?

Guillem: after a Foreword and one introduction, We can get into the context which favors the implementation of programs Employee Advocacy, with clear statistics. Then they analyzed one by one advantage of these programs for professionals in the organization and the brand name of the organization. Follow the content program, in a workshop of between 12 and 16 Hours of duration. Analyzes key data on the ROI or return investment. And ends with the keys when, how, where and who you can implement programs.

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Team Branding: the team spirit in front of your competitors

Man has to make great efforts to create great works ... should only have the necessary tools: desire to do, a good idea and a great team.

If you want to go fast walk alone, If you want to go far go together African Proverb

Sometimes we complicate the existence wanting to do everything ourselves, our EGO He says that we are able to do so, but it is not true, we always need other. And it was why there were many issues such as influence, yes, leadership ... and it is so now we manage our management.

Team Branding: A team is also a brand

A team is also a brand, It is a sum, a whole! it is here where we will add the best of each of us , the best of each personal brand that integrates this team be mixed and yield better results. remember that things are much easier when working in teams. But for this to work, team members must be in perfect harmony: Work towards common goals, know and identify with VALUES Company, have the right motivation and above all, there must be a real commitment to the company and peers.

Each of the members of the Avengers and JLA know that alone can have results, but they can never achieve what team would achieve: defeat the enemy.

Now that are so fashionable, They are the best example to talk about Team Branding y Branding personal, We know them by their individual work and his teamwork (surely we have our favorite and with which we identify), SUMA each skill, an experience or different idea, They know that complement, They share a motivation, commitments and values. Even the villains team up! (Suicide Squad) and account for its misdeeds, then we should be able to work together well.

How boring would our super favorite heroes were able to resolve and do everything, who would not need to bring technology, information…

Behind each company, project or enterprise there is such a common story as life itself, and there are people who add their skills. Branding Team is born when there are customers who serve, skills to practice and to create value, that's where the team is known for something, but it is also where we can not stop adding, must constantly create value, be proactive and like superheroes know our strengths and weaknesses, to our value proposition to add to the great team.

A great brand team will have the best! They are the best communicating clearly what they do individually and team, but they will also be able to make the set objectives are met, They ensure quality and value for its customers.

Where to begin?

I think that in order to achieve Great team record and make a great Team Branding, It should start at the beginning:

Your personal brand, you as an individual and your SELF.

  • What makes you unique?
  • What is your value proposition?
  • What is your weakness?
  • Where are you going?

When you clear this and everything else (Personal Branding) It is easier to know what you are going to contribute, and then to work as a team you need to have:

  • clear understanding of our target market, we serve you
  • Our core competencies, what we do better than other teams
  • Benefits we offer, the value of what we do, and finally
  • Our brand personality, ie the particular way we do things.

When results are achieved through effective Team Branding these will be recognized by our customers, our competence and the equipment itself.

You will have a good feedback and good perception internally and externally, recognition will be for the team and therefore for each join the people in it. Each of the members will be proud of what makes, increase productivity, quality of work and commitment.

A brand solid team supports the strategic corporate goals, It helps the company more competitive in the market, the team goes from a service role to a role strategy, the team becomes a reliable source of information and reference, It will be relevant to other areas of the company or the same competition.

Team spirit is what gives many companies an advantage over their competitors George Clements

This spirit is what makes redefine the way we do things, because after that as a team toast a product or service and nothing should be the same as a button:

Google

The most popular Web search, Perhaps there is another and?

After google nothing is the same, there are other search engines, but none is so cool, dynamic and fun, in my opinion.

Google equipment consists of the 4 fantastic, a wildcard, stirrer, a leader and an expert on business; Sergey Brin, Larry Page, Eric Schmidt y Omid Kordestani, Together they carry Google to the top of a simple way, adding the best of each, with a touch of humility and clear objectives.

Our ability to build great works is much greater if we have the humility to develop the ability to work together toward a common vision, directing our individual value towards achieving common goals.

Build a team

If you want uncommon results builds a team, work in team, leads and inspires your team. Which wants to be your role in the team you must be willing to give all for all, yes, Team Branding It's the key.

 

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