Have you ever reached out to someone and not received a response? Have you ever been copied on an email only to wonder if the email received any follow up? How people respond is often how we view their brand.
Nike, Southwest Airlines, Google, McDonalds, and LinkedIn are some of the most well known employment brands in the world. When you see or hear about these companies, you immediately know what these brands represent.
…but what about your personal brand? Each company is made up of employees that have a personal brand that often reflects the employment brand or values of the company such as attitude, accountability, and relationships to name a few. How you communicate with others could position you as a leader of excellence which just might drive future opportunities for you in the organization. It could also reflect a negative perception even if you complete your daily tasks.
Have you ever thought about your personal brand? Your brand isn’t what YOU think it is, it’s what OTHERS think it is when THEY see you or hear your name.
What brand do you represent when you show up at work as the HR leader, or as a sales leader making a call, or as a volunteer in your community, or at your gym to workout, or in your community, or even at home with your family after work? How do you communicate with others? How about your approach to social media? Are you a learner, and a resource to share with others? … or a leader or influencer in your industry?
You see, we all have a brand whether we think we do or not. People that have met you have a thought or opinion when they see you or hear your name. What are people saying about you? One of the ways we learn about our brand is to evaluate feedback which can help us decide if we should continue building on our current brand or if we should consider a strategy to reshape or re-purpose our brand for excellence.
So how do we know what our brand positioning is as a leader or future leader? Some of the well known brands above invest and position their brand to attract others. We should also invest in our brand to attract others to join our teams or partner with our organization. Engagement on social media posts can be a marker as we are now more social than ever. We can also learn from LinkedIn recommendations when people share comments about working with you? However, the best way is to simply ask some of your colleagues and business partners!
Here are two (2) questions to consider asking…
- What words would you use to describe my brand as an employee or business partner?
- What is the best thing you like about my brand for me to keep working on as a leader?
In my book, “Find Your Lane” I talk about the importance of “investing in your people zone” to help you steer toward the Lane of Fulfillment. Today, I challenge you to reach out to three (3) people and ask them the questions above.. It might provide you some insight to help calibrate your “career GPS” to drive your brand with purpose and make the most of your leadership journey!
So how would you describe my brand? I would enjoy seeing your response in comments below. It’s a great time to position our brands to help others drive leadership with purpose…
Quote of the week: “Feedback is a gift” (Shelley Zajic, Global Head of HR)
Call to Action: Have the courage this week to reach out to three (3) people close to you and ask about your brand and decide if you like the brand or if you should consider reshaping it for the future. Let me know how it goes. … or just start a conversation with someone you know. I am confident it will have impact on you as you continue driving your career with purpose.
This has been A Relocation Minute on “what’s your brand” with Bruce Waller, for more information, call 972-389-5673, or email firstname.lastname@example.org or check out my social media Facebook and Twitter page.
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