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Do you know what your brand is?

Your personal brand is your reputation.

Your personal brand is what people say about you: when you are NOT in the room.

Your personal brand is the exclusive promise of value that you bring to the table.

Your personal brand is your YOUniqueness.

So, to sum it up, your personal brand is a beautiful mosaic of the inimitable value you bring to your community that nobody else can; this is the brand buzz which fills the rooms when you are not in it; this is what translates into your reputation as your thought leadership.

Now use this brand mosaic template to discover your own personal brand:

1. WHO are you: This is your identity: personal + professional

2. WHAT do you do: This is the work that you do, and how you do it differently

3. WHOM do you do it for: This is your target audience that you serve or that benefits from what you offer

4. WHY you are the best guy/gal for the job: This is the brand-stinction that distinguishes you from all other mortals who wish to be you!

Weave these four elements of your personal brand into an absolutely YOUnique and irresistible personal brand statement. And next time someone asks you ‘What’s your Brand?’… Boy! will you WOW them or what!

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #7 : The ‘Luxuria’ art of building the Brand YOU

If it wasn’t for the innate luxuria (lust or desire) of mankind; our civilization would have still been primitive in many senses. The desire for more is what keeps us evolving from one generation to the other. How we define, dictate and dominate our desires is what makes us a superior race, and how you explore this so called sin of desire makes your brand superior to the fellow brands. The philosophy of desire is simple: Want more, Work More, Win More. However, naked desire isn’t what sails your boat towards the shores of success; you must also fuel your desires with the motivation to achieve ‘em, to be worthy of such uninhibited success. Use my Luxuria formula for Success to ‘up’ your desire quotient and motivate Brand YOU to want, work and win it all!

Desire Quotient + Motivation Factor = Unrivalled Success

luxuria

Up your desire quotient and motivate yourself to-

  1. Be more: Empower Brand YOU to accomplish more + be motivated to bridge the gap between you and the ideal you. TIP: Know your brand to grow your brand
  2. Do more: Egg Brand YOU to act more + be motivated to apply your knowledge and skills to make a humble difference. TIP: Expand your network to amplify your actions
  3. Be known more: Express Brand YOU to connect more + be motivated to reach out across social media and build worthy relationships. TIP: Stay real in the virtual
  4. Deserve more: Enhance Brand YOU to rise more + be motivated to raise brand YOU above and beyond mortal reverence. TIP: Respect is a two way street
  5. Be loved more: Enable Brand YOU to love more + be motivated to share and care-share your expertise to be viewed as the expert. TIP: Focus on what you know better than the best

When personal desires are fueled with noble motivations, success beckons and how! I believe you don’t make your destiny-you brand your destiny; and once you decide to- the universe is just another player involved in this glorious game of empowering you to make, brand and own your desires, your destiny.

When thou desires, universe conspires, Brand YOU transpires.

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #5 : The ‘Gula’ art of building the Brand YOU

If thou shall not indulge, how will the world indulge in you?

Gula

If you think you are that one in a million soul who is content, think again. If gluttony has never been your fancy, if you believe you would never want to indulge, you are so in for a treat! Yes. The word of the day is indulge: indulge into knowing yourself better, loving others better, empowering others better, being better and growing up better!  So let’s indulge ourselves to our hearts content, and then indulge some more; after all, as wine gets better with its timely indulgence, so does your brand; the more you indulge it, the better it gets. Let’s take this party on the floor with my gula way of celebrating the brand YOU:

Take your fill:

  1. Feed your curiosity:  Today, curiosity doesn’t kill the cat; but the lack of it will certainly be fatal for the brand YOU. The more curious you get about your brand reputation and performance, the better you get at enhancing it. So feed it up with dollops of critique, regularly.
  2. Feed your aptitude: Today, aptitude is the secret ingredient of your brand’s recipe. How YOUnique your aptitude is, determines how exotic and exclusive your brand will be! So feed it up with a dash of YOUniqueness , and make it irresistible.
  3. Feed your motivation: Today, motivation is what fuels your passion to make your dreams/visions come true! Seek out one new inspiration a day that motivates you to do more, be more. So feed it up with a pinch of inspiration daily.
  4. Feed your attitude: Today, attitude is the seasoning agent in your flavor of success. If your attitude is seasoned with altruism and affection, your brand will spread the aroma of love too. So feed it up with the lush of love that makes their hearts melt.
  5. Feed your soul: Today, the one thing your soul truly craves for is a kiss of divine indulgence, which furthers it towards its beloved enlightenment. So feed it up with a zest of divine illumination, that enlightens a million more souls.

Indulge yourself today, for the world to indulge in the Brand YOU tomorrow!

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

Sinful Personal Branding Tip #1: The ‘Superbia’ art of building the Brand YOU.

pride roses

Those who speak ill of pride (superbia) have never put it to a noble use. Pride in itself, is not a sin; being consumed by it, is. The mere mortals may get consumed by fickle pride; the reigning immortals of the corporate kingdom, command it to build a legacy. My Superbia way of building the Brand YOU:

  1. Pride in your value: If you do not believe in yourself, nobody will. Likewise, if you do not believe in the exclusive value that you offer, who else will? Empower your brand with an exclusive and rare promise of value that makes the world proud of you, your brand.  Pride in the promise of your brand value.
  2. Pride in your network: Gone is the era of thriving in solo; today, you must belong- belong to a tribe that you may intellectually nourish and be nurtured in return. The stronger your tribe, the strong be your brand. Pride in the enrichment of your network.
  3. Pride in your vision: Your Vision must speak for itself, raise applause, touch hearts and transform lives, one life at a time. Your vision is not for yourself, but the society, the world, the universe. Envision such a noble change that the entire universe prides in your vision, and conspires to help you realize it. Pride in the benevolence of your vision.
  4. Pride in your commitment: Time is a humble servant of your Brand, but once you commit your service to it, time will laud the karma of your brand. Dedicate at least 10 minutes to your brand karma daily; and watch your brand turnaround the karmic wheel, and how! Pride in the commitment of your brand karma.
  5. Pride in your brand: Your brand is your thought leadership; your thought leadership that will define your reputation.  A reputation that will be immortalized in your legacy. A legacy that will be cherished for an eternity. Pride in the legacy of your brand.

So, be proud of your superbia indulgence; after all such noble manifestation of pride, is what Icons are made of.

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

The Sinful art of building Brand YOU

Personal Branding is not only about being a brand and doing your brand do. It’s about how you do your Brand-do. Everyone is singing a similar song, but what melodies do you infuse in your song, to make it exclusive, exciting and enriching to all those who hum it-that’s what matters. The moral of the song story is, to focus on how you do your brand karma-differently-such that it not only elevates your personal brand and your career, but also enriches you as a person.

For time immemorial, we have been told to shun the sins: the 7 deadly sins that maketh the death of mankind; atleast metaphorically. But I beg to differ. As beauty lies in the eye of the be-holder; wisdom in our perception. I now urge you to see the beautiful perspective I am sharing with you. I want you to pause, think and only then embrace this sinful art of building the Brand YOU. Believe you me; once you share my perspective, these 7 sins are totally worth indulging into.

Starting this June, for coming 7 weeks, I will take you through this exclusive journey of building your brand, with the once condemned, but now-to be-celebrated traits of building a more meaningful personal brand. Every week as we indulge into a brand new sin for the Brand YOU, you will discover a new perspective on the 7 infamous sins we have known till now, a perspective that will make you wonder, are they really so sinful? Only your perception will decide. Command these 7 sins to celebrate this once sinful indulgence of Brand YOU:

The Sinful art of Personal Branding

  1. Superbia (pride): Rest it in the inflating number of lives you enrich
  2. Avaritia (avarice/greed): Reserve it for knowledge to grow yourself
  3. Luxuria (desire): Focus it on a legacy of wisdom and benevolence
  4. Invidia (envy): Covet the reach of the giver and the doer
  5. Gula (gluttony): Insatiable thirst for self-critique & improvisation
  6. Ira (wrath): Rave against the injustice and the disharmony in the world
  7. Acedia (sloth): Laze out in the eternal conquest of power play & materialism

Life isn’t black or white; but a beautiful canvas ordained with infinite shades of grey that manifest themselves slowly-ever changing, ever evolving. The beauty of which is captured solely by the power of your perception-which can perceive it as a muddle or a mystery. Likewise, it is your perception which will empower you to either command or be consumed by these so called sins, and transform them into 7 invinciblel ideologies to build a powerful personal brand called YOU. Are you game?

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.”

10 Benefits of Executive Branding for your Corporate Brand-Part 2

The Yin-Yang of Branding

In the first part of this post, we saw the 5 instrumental influences an Empowered & Branded Executive has in empowering the Corporate Brand, by personifying the yin-yang philosophy, which thus leads to a cohesive development of both the Brands in this equation, harmoniously. This post goes on to highlight the next 5 benefits of empowering your executive’s personal brand.

6. Inspires a higher Employee Engagement Level

Empowered Executives feel Appreciated & Honored; and indeed this is ‘your’ reason behind their strategic selection of being the worthy Brand Ambassadors of your corporate brand. When you empower them to take control of their personal brand and career, it boosts their happiness and job satisfaction quotient by miles; and in the form of a win-win turnaround effect, boosts their engagement with the company, customers, associates, business stakeholders etc. and thus accelerates their performance too.

7. Enhances Customer Connect, Client Preference & Loyalty

For an executive, when his Personal Brand reputation becomes as sacrosanct as the corporate entity’s, his performance is fueled with 2X times the effort in building, nurturing and protecting both the reputations-as both are at stake. So as a result of this 2X worth of efforts in the execution of his personal branding & professional commitments, he goes on to add 2X times value to his customers, associates, potential clients and so on. Better value addition at the same or no cost of investment, endears him to them and earns him the deserved reputation of being the go-to person/brand for an enhanced value addition experience. This is the most vital outcome of this exercise- a happy and content customer and client base that is converted into a group of brand loyalists, and more importantly brand evangelists for both these brands they are experiencing.

8. Builds a Dual Halo Effect: The Thought Leadership augments the Corporate Brand Appeal & Brand Equity

The Branded Executive, a proactive brand ambassador is perpetually in the limelight advocating his knowledge and wisdom, by promoting his personal as well as corporate services & products, which enable his brand community to lead a better life. This builds and fosters a reputation of thought leadership for both these entities as they are slowly perceived as the harbingers of the better way of life. This thought leadership, magnetizes (both) your Brands and enhances the appeal they have in your Brand Community; and once a Brand builds its reputation as the thought leader, it then goes on to evolve as the ICONIC Brand that enjoys unrivaled brand equity in the industry. This is the priceless dual halo effect of Personal Branding adoption by the Corporate Brand.

9. Executive Branding brings your Corporate Brand to Life; as they become your Brand, in Action.

There is never a time, that the Corporate Brand has not once, wished to have a live personification of their Brand-in flesh & blood: an individual who epitomizes their corporate brand, talks their brand, and walks their brand! Executive Branding allows the Corporates to empower their individuals to not only build their own personal brands, but simultaneously synchronize their personal brands with their employer’s corporate brands for an enhanced brand experience at their personal as well as professional level. This effort in working towards attaining a harmony with the corporate brand empowers them to bring the ethos, values and vision of your corporate brand to life; by offering a firsthand LIVE experience of your brand to your target audience.

10. Most important: a Stronger Brand means Better Business means Bigger Profits!

Powerful Brands foster Better Businesses and Growing Businesses nourish the power of their Brands. And when this nourishment and enrichment of brands happen at the corporate as well as personal levels, then a business is said to actualize 100% of its most precious asset-its executives. By empowering them to build their personal brand, and thus evangelize and nurture their corporate brand in the process, the company ensures that the executives become the custodians of the brand-who are voluntarily and proactively contributing and building its visibility, credibility and reputation to attract better business opportunities, and hence influence the overall profitability of the company-monetary as well as the corporate brand equity.

These are the 10 benefits that your company can milk by adopting the power of personal branding and honoring your key executives-your star performers, as these are indeed the true brand guardians of your brand.

Words of Wisdom: View branding of your Company and your Executives as an Investment; the one that yields returns in a long run; priceless returns that no other investment can match.

Liked this article, and wish to experience the power of Executive Branding for your C-Suite Executives? Get in touch with its Author & the Personal Branding Pioneer in India-Tanvi Bhatt (The Personal Brand Strategist for Indian CXOs) today!