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Lead with LOVE: The best kept secret of Personal Branding

Love. What has Love got to do with Personal Branding?

Of course I love my brand, I love myself- if I got you thinking! Well, who doesn’t?

But when love does make the world go round; vanity-doesn’t. Period. If you love the Brand YOU on borderline narcissism, you don’t love your brand, you just love yourself-and that’s one huge difference. When one truly embarks upon a journey with love-selfless love, when one learns to lead with love; rest all becomes immaterial.

LEAD LOVE

We all lead our lives, our families, our communities, our employees, our dreams at some point of our life-the leadership seasons thereof might vary in time and duration; but lead do we. When one learns to lead their life with love, one hopelessly falls in love with all these aforementioned elements of our life; and constantly works towards loving better, living better and most importantly giving better.

Now, as a human-it is easier to love-as it is mostly selfish love, but as a leader, it gets equally challenging-because it now needs to be unadulterated selfless love. But histories have witnessed the evolution and iconification of a few handful leaders who have lead with love- all life long. This love has immortalized them in the annals of mankind as celebrated thought leaders and icons of their generation. How did they do this: They loved and they gave.

Giving selflessly is the hallmark of true love. And so is the hallmark of great people brands. And is indeed the best kept secret of Personal Branding. “Only when thou shall give, thou shall receive.” But giving your all, requires LOVE, a different level of commitment to a cause a dream a legacy larger than life. This legacy is your personal brand, your place in history. A celebration of love, gifts and legacy of the Brand YOU.

Are you ready? today? to lead? But not just lead, lead with LOVE; with commitment to give, to build, to celebrate your moment in history, your brand legacy?

Then Love. Give. Bequeath.

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #4 : The ‘Acedia’ art of building the Brand YOU

Thou shall not be subjected to the rat race; thou shall enjoy the slothful empowerment to the top.

For those who believe, that never has been sloth (acedia), the secret of success; couldn’t be more wrong. All you need is to master the art of employing this so called sin to do your bidding. And voila! Will you ace the race! Well, there wouldn’t be much of a race-as where others would be scrambling their way to the next milestone-you would be indulging into these slothful secrets of personal and professional excellence. Haven’t we grown up with the age old dogma of slow and steady wins the race? Oh yes! It’s just that we haven’t perceived it to be actually applicable in today’s age where jobs change faster than seasons. So let’s explore my Acedia way of building and empowering the Brand YOU:

sloth garfield

Sloth it out on-

  1. Jack of all trades syndrome: The reason why it’s called the ‘Jack’-you remain as such; your attempt to know it all for ‘em all is a huge waste of your invaluable expertise potential. Sloth tip: Focus only on your core mastery; your unique promise of value.
  2. Out running the world (competition): You truly have no competition, the only worthy yardstick you need beat is your own! Sloth Tip: Focus only on outdoing yourself, the rest of the world is just a spectator.
  3. Power play conquest: The primal urge of conquest keeps us exactly that: primitive. Play your game such that your true power is measured against the heartfelt smiles you empower. Sloth tip: Focus only on meaningful power; the one that truly empowers others to do more.
  4. Mindless materialism: What’s thy glittering gold worth, if it may not illuminate a dark hut? The wealth amassed from purely materialist pursuit is not worthy of your brand, unless you put it to a noble use too. Sloth tip: Focus only on benevolent materialism; rest is immaterial.
  5. Reprisal of the rivals: It’s indeed beyond mortal to forgive; laze out the incessant urge to even up! Time it out today; tomorrow it will be history. Sloth tip: Focus only on protecting your karma; it’s your karma, it’s worth it.

Your turn to tell me how will you indulge in this sloth-ful art of building the Brand YOU!

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #3 : The ‘Invidia’ art of building the Brand YOU

envy heart

Those have envied and eloped, have missed out on the true power of this so called sin. And have they lost the golden opportunity to empower their career, their life, their brand! Well, how so? If I have got you wondering, do it no more: We humans are socially programmed to look around and envy, to covet what we lack thereof; but majority of us mortals envy and envy and envy. Their clock stops ticking beyond… But also amidst us are a few, who rise above this mortal side of humanity; they envy as envy does-but they also have the courage to command their envy and foster all their might into coveting their objects of desire with passionate perseverance until the achievement. This is how their envy evolves into empowerment.

If envy you must, do so; but do adopt my Invidia art of building your personal brand, which shows you how you may envy the world, to only in turn empower the brand YOU! So envy these, covet these, embody these:

  1. Their Purpose: Every Life has one; every business has one; every brand has one. Your purpose fuels your life, your career, your brand. It makes your legacy worth your lifetime! What’s yours?
  2. Their Time: You are always short of it and others-in abundance of (on the same planet)! Discover what makes the clocks of these doers tick-and so slow. Know what deeds are worthy of their time and where they invest it to increase their worth. How much is yours?
  3. Their Dedication: Has crossed oceans and touched the moon! The secret to relentless dedication is to fuel your purpose with your passion-love what you do-dedication will but follow. What will yours do?
  4. Their Reach: Amplification beholds the true power of change; the number of lives enriched via your brand is what matters. Outdo your own reach by perpetually expanding your avenues. How big is yours?
  5. Their Gratification: It is truly priceless; always is. Indulge into your brand karma 24*7: always on, always inspiring.  How gratifying is yours?

 Your turn to tell me how will you indulge in this invidian art of building the Brand YOU!

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #2 : The ‘Avaritia’ art of building the Brand YOU.

It’s time to make a soulful oath; an oath to nurture thy greed, solely for thy gallant growth.

Those who slander greed (avaritia); might have never indulged into its selfless pursuit! Greed in itself is never sinful, lest it consumes you into materialist gallows. How could it be, if the only manifestation of your naked greed is in the noble form of holistic growth-for yourself and for the world! I thus encourage you to honor your selfless greed for knowledge that fosters the tangible as well as intangible growth of your personal brand, which in turn contributes to your brand’s legacy.

Avaratia

My avaritia way of nurturing the Brand YOU-via the noble pursuit of growth-for the greater good:

Greed for tangible growth as:

  1. A person: enrich your character by doing your brand karma religiously-by touching more lives every day. A rich character attracts richer affection for your brand.
  2. A professional: enhance your competency with an insatiable pursuit of knowledge. An inimitable competency commands unrivaled reverence for your brand.
  3. A performer: empower your credibility by surpassing the expected delivery of your brand promise-every single time. A resolute credibility bolsters the reputation of your brand.

Greed for intangible growth of:

  1. Emotional quotient: enrich your emotional intelligence by making real and worthy human connections in this digitally dominant ecosystem. This elevates the social worth of your brand.
  2. Intellectual quotient: enhance your brand’s potency by nurturing your intellectual realm which transforms your knowledge into worldly wisdom. This distinguishes the esoteric experience of your brand.
  3. Spiritual quotient: empower your spiritual journey in this world by imbibing the infinite soulful inspirations from the universe and amplifying its reciprocation. This fuels the inspirational power of your brand!

Greed is good, very good; but only when it fosters the greater good via your personal brand’s promise. Who would have erstwhile thought that even greed for your own good, has the potential to influence the greater good! When you embark upon this avaritia way of building your personal brand, you are actually nurturing your greed to build a legacy; a legacy worthy of legends; legends that change the world!

Your turn to tell me how will you indulge in this avaritia art of building the Brand YOU!

Thought Leadership is the compass of your Leadership

Leaders are very many; but thought leaders indeed, are a rare and distinguished breed. They may hail from the most unexpected echelons of life, and yet get immortalized as Icons; Icons who changed the world.

Thouht Leadership Compass

It does not matter who they were; but what they have do. A true thought leader is someone who envisions the day after tomorrow, today; and evangelizes the world towards it. Change is the soul of thought leadership; your thought leadership is the soul of your leadership; devoid of which your leadership journey is set on a compass that points nowhere.  The 3 strategies that empower your thought leadership to navigate your leadership sojourn are:

Branding Your Leadership

Brand Your Thought Leadership

Brand Your Thought Leadership

If thou matters; show me how!  In the journey of leadership, the destination is not as important as the reason thereof. The most important strategy while playing leadership is envisioning a journey worth taking; in other words branding the story of your leadership and its contribution in making this world a better place.

Your Thought Leadership is your Brand. Period. How you lead the change and grow your brand by mastering the art of leadership-is what legacies are made of. In this journey your thought leadership will serve as the magical compass, which will always guide you to achieve your brand’s beloved.  The 5 traits of thought leaders who transform their passion into a legacy by leading their community, their organization, their world towards the change are:

  1. Passionate Perseverance: Passion prevails profession. But when the twain meet: Thought Leadership is born.  If thought leadership is your calling: Either adopt your passion as profession or grow to love your profession. Following your passion, with relentless perseverance is the hallmark of a true thought leader.
  2. Ideation fixation: When you are in love with your work: It rains Ideas. Ideas that empower you to create, claim and dominate that one big Idea that becomes your Brand. Get drenched in the idea deluge till that big idea peeks out and bestows some warm sunshine on you.
  3. Super-Human Self Conviction: Every BIG Idea is first ridiculed, opposed and rejected before being celebrated. As a thought leader, self-belief is your super power. “I guarantee there’ll be tough times, I guarantee at some point, you will crave a way out, BUT I also guarantee that if you do not uphold this insane self conviction paradigm, then you will regret it for the rest of your life; because you do know in your heart, this is what you are meant to do!”
  4. Inspiring Change: Does your idea inspire a change in the world? Brilliant! Now be the change. Thought Leaders aren’t preachers; but doers. ‘Think, Do, Inspire action’ is the mantra for you.
  5. Eternal Commitment: Your thought leadership is the raison d’être of brand YOU. Staying true and committed to this purpose of your life is critical to your brand, even after being hailed as the messiah of change.

Living your Leadership

Live Your Leadership

Live Your Leadership

Lead all you may; but where to? Your thought leadership compass is due at north for the Brand YOU. But is it exactly where your tribe also wishes to go? The second strategy to adopt while living your leadership is leading the world to the place they wish to go to-and not where you wish to take them to! The Golden Rule of Leadership is to know the answer to the singular most important question in your tribe’s mind: ‘What’s in it for me?’ Under your inspiring leadership it is your moral responsibility to empower them to lead their lives to their next milestone. Know thy answer and ensure they understand it as well; lest you do that, you might end up north-alone or maybe not at all.

Leadership, when set upon together is a beautiful journey. It’s a journey where the power of ‘we’ is amplified to its best by your tribe; because unless there is a ‘we’, the leader’s ‘I’ factor matters naught. You truly become a leader only when you are a part of this ‘we’; only when you have something to offer that truly resonates with the needs and desires of the ‘we’; only then you shall get the chance to embark upon your journey of leading the ‘we’, and thus living your leadership. So, my dear friend, if you do not inspire the ‘we’; rest all becomes a moot point.

Growing your Leadership

Grow Your Leadership

Grow Your Leadership

Like Life, Like Brands, Leadership must evolve. Like your dreams, hopes, aspirations, passions and destinations, your brand and your thought leadership must also evolve-must move forward perpetually. Thought leadership is anything but a onetime fixation to accomplish a journey. Leaders may not always be thought leaders; but thought leaders are leaders forever. They are fuelled with an insatiable desire to lead the world to the day after tomorrow, every single day-even during the brightest dawns and the darkest nights. In the true thought leader’s day, even after the sunset, his thought leadership compass illuminates his journey up to the next dawn, and the day after’s, and so on.

The third and the best kept secret of the most iconic thought leaders is Growth: ‘They do more of less.’ My personal advice to each one of you reading this is to do exactly that: Grow the thought leadership of your leadership—‘Focus on the focus of your brand’s thought leadership; then every single day again focus on how to leverage on this focus to continually dominate and own your brand’s thought leadership.’ Simply put: Build and Nurture the singular Idea Tree of your Thought Leadership that is empowered to flourish come what may. Every day religiously water this tree and let it grow one more leaf that further amplifies that expanse and benevolence of your thought leadership. When you look back, I promise, you shall witness a beautiful legacy of your thought leadership growing and flourishing every single day-under the dedicated aegis of your leadership and commitment to its growth.

Leadership becomes a fascinating experience and not a liability when you brand it with your thought leadership. My closing words for you:

“Thou are not born to follow, but lead; and not just lead a few men, but the world through a glorious experience of your brand, your thought leadership…All you need is that compass pointing right towards this very change you seek.”

7 Golden Rules for the Brand N-YOU Year 2013!

The DREAM

With the Christmas carols in the air, and the New Year beckoning us to religiously adopt a resolution list that would change your life forever-at least THE 2 week forever that you can keep up with it- and the infectious thrill for a brand new year that envelops you the moment you step into December; it’s that time of the year again, when we want to not look back to the good, bad or the ugly year (I pray not!) that we have had, but fill up every potent cell of our body with an unabashed optimism for a rockstar 2013 ahead-such optimism that genetically modifies your DNA and actually makes you believe that life will be SIGNIFICANTLY different for you this new year. (Amen!)

But is it really???

The TRUTH

Sadly, it is not. Period. At least not for those who just fill their lives with hollow optimism for a miracle to happen-and then wait for a magic wand to wave off their woes and indulge their whims!  But yes, the year does belong to those who nurture their optimism with honest and sincere DEDICATION towards their goal of desiring a better and transformed life, with but one thing: Dedication.

7 Golden things TO-DO before you hit 2013

7 Golden things TO-DO before you hit 2013

The PROMISE

I Promise you, that if you ADOPT and follow these 7 Golden Rules- My 7 DOs for 2013-before it dawns on you, not only will you stay on-track with your Personal Branding Efforts-day after day, month after month, but by the next December 2013, you will see your SMART Goals yield Substantial Brand Equity for the Brand YOU!

  1. Decide the goal for your brand: Every year we make new resolutions, for a better job or a better lifestyle, or the worst kept of ’em all a better body! Decide the professional goals for your Brand for the year 2013, RIGHT NOW itself so it doesn’t get lost in the myriad of other resolutions. While goal setting ensure the SMART Test is passed by each and every goal; i.e. they must be Smart, Measurable, Achievable, Realistic, Time-oriented.
  2. Divide the goal into sub-goals: If you have enlisted 3 BIG Goals for Brand YOU, then the best approach to achieving them is to break them up into a series of sub-goals which when achieved subsequently conquer the BIG ONE too! It’s a simple historical concept: Divide & Conquer.
  3. Determine the priority checklist for all these goals: Once you have the game-plan of what ALL you want to achieve in the coming year, go ahead and PRIORTIZE Goals. Run your goal-list in your mind and start sorting it in the order of importance as well as FEASIBILITY to be achieved. Use a time frame of ‘in 3 months’, ‘in 6 months’ and ‘6 months+’. At the end of this step you shall have a well planned and prioritized list of activities that you will execute to evolve the Brand YOU from Invisible to Invincible
  4. Develop the list of resources to achieve these goals: A SMART and strategically designed game-plan is only half a battle won; to prepare for the contingencies ahead, one must THINK 360into the future to determine HOW you are going to win the battle. Not all but definitely some of all Goals would demand an additional resource of intervention from an external source, which you will have to foresee and arrange for. For e.g. you might want to move up the ladder of corporate hierarchy, but need an additional skill set to differentiate your Brand from the rest; hence you must evaluate your Goals on what else you NEED to achieve them.
  5. Design an action plan for a monthly basis: Once you pen down, WHAT you are going to achieve, followed by HOW you are going to achieve, it’s time to work on the WHEN. Create a month by month diary of goals, which will elucidate your monthly activities to be completed to move one step ahead in your battle. If you are a control freak like me, you may also further break down the month into a fully organized week by week goal-a-thon to make your life BEAUTIFULLY organized.
  6. Dedicate your mind, body and time to achieve it: Now comes the most IMPORTANT element of your Brand, YOU! After all the aforementioned efforts towards a Brand N-YOU Year 2013, it will be rather sad if YOU are unable to meet up to your own challenges and expectations. In fact it would be tragic. So you need to be mentally prepared and committed to advance upon a Brand N-YOU journey this coming year. Staying physically fit is as IMPORTANT as being mentally committed, ‘coz if the twain don’t co-operate, then we have a serious problem friend. My Word: DISCIPLINE is your new best friend this coming year.
  7. Do it up and do some more: Who doesn’t like delightful surprises? It is CRUCIAL that you do your do, which you have so painstakingly devised, but it is my personal advice, to go ahead and DO some more.  Surprise yourself with a few un-planned goals in the middle of the year, to get you EXCITED and enthusiastic about delighting yourself with some brownie points in your Goal-a-thon.  Trust me it’s a win-win situation for you-nothing more, nothing less.

 

How to make people fall in Love with Brand You: BOOST YOUR BRAND LOVE!

We love some Brands, We hate some Brands, and we couldn’t be bothered by some!

What is the compelling factor of these Brands that evokes such strong emotions within us?

What is it that they are doing fabulously or where are them taking the fall?

What is the secret that some Brands know of, and most others are still struggling to discover?

red brand loveIt is in human nature to fall in love, when their hearts are touched, moved and molten. Some people know how to touch these hearts and live in them forever. And moreover, some People know how to move these hearts, and not only live there, but also dominate their minds-forever. These are the People Brands who have the power to melt these hearts with love and loyalty, time after time-such that the competing brands are rendered immaterial, such that the whole world but that beloved brand-ceases to exist. Do you have it in Brand YOU yet?

The secret that these people or brands or now-a-days people brands know of is the power of EMOTIONS. And the strategy of making your audience feel the emotions you truly want them to feel-results in a checkmate game for your competition. These are my top 5 secrets to BOOST YOUR BRAND LOVE-to evoke such emotions in your audience that fill them up with unconditional love for you and your Brand.

  1. WOW and Entice: Grab their attention by offering a truly unique and exclusive value proposition that is perhaps yet unheard of. Once you have grabbed their eye balls, then you set those brain balls in motion such that they catapult your brand on their most wanted list. They MUST want you, want to work with you and want to buy your products/services-unconditionally. This gets them excited about you.
  2. Envision a Brand New World: If there is a concept called larger than life-imbibe it and embody it. Paint a beautiful vision for them to see their lives being changed for good, by consuming or utilizing your product or services. The key is to make them envision a beautiful new world (or way of life), which is an outcome of your humble contribution. This gets them motivated about you.
  3. Foster exclusivity: Nobody forgets you when you shower them with the VIP treatment. Make your audience belong to you-your brand-like no other. Give your exclusive set of patrons the benefit of being a part of your Brand’s Prive-a private little group which enjoys exclusive privileges and special services. This nurtures loyalty for your brand.
  4. Out-love Competition: I borrow this term from Seth Godin, who recently wrote a beautiful post on how you need to out-love your competition instead of out-thinking them. If your community showers 1X love on you-reciprocate 2X of its worth. Delight them at every possible brand experience of YOU-before, during and after closing the deal. Always scout for ways to make them feel-loved. This gets them passionate about you.
  5. Over Deliver: The best kept secret of world’s most beloved brands-is that they under promise and over deliver. This keeps them in the perpetual good books of their target audience-for being most trustworthy and preferred brands. This nurtures an eternal trust and faith in your brand.

These are my favorite 5’s. I would love to know how you make them people fall in love with you/your brand again and again. Do share your tried and tested Brand-LOVE Secrets in the comments section below…What EMOTIONS do try to evoke in your Brand Community???