Monday, 20 November 2017
Companies fail and miss the mark on being excellent when the belief within the company is that branding is solely a marketing function. Everyone, and I mean everyone, from the CEO to the assembly line employees should be communicating the brand in all that they do…If they aren’t, you should just take the money you’re spending on paychecks and burn it – You’re wasting it anyway!
Jeff Bezos has said, “Your brand is what other people say about you when you’re not in the room.” Everyone who interacts with your employees, product or service now owns your brand message and they are sharing it with the world. Do you know how others are interacting with your brand?
How does this happen?
Why does that matter?
Corporate Brand Awareness. If the marketing department is only communicating with your clients/partners and not your staff, you’ve got a serious problem. Going over the mission statement during onboarding is hardly enough. If you’re people can’t tell you the mission statement – and what it really means – you’ve failed. It is the WHY of why they should come to work each day…it should be what inspires them.
• Internal and external communications—from weekly leadership meetings to the annual meeting—it is vital to reinforce what the company stands for and what makes it different from competitors and what makes it relevant – they WHY it exists.
• Leaders also need to walk the talk. If your company stands for integrity, but you allow your top leadership to gossip, promote people when you know you shouldn’t and enable bad behavior because you think they do a good job – your brand, and company, are based on a lie.
Or, you say your brand is founded in innovation, but you push back suggestions from staff on the ground floor, your brand is based on a lie.
Personal Brand Awareness. Time and time again we see the incredible gift from employees who have been through personal branding exercises. They know their personal ‘why,’ and have had the opportunity to uncover what makes them unique and valuable. They want to give their all to life and to the companies they work for. They know that what they do has purpose while using their God given gifts. Knowing your own value is liberating and allows each employee to give their best whether they are answering phones, building the products or leading the teams.
• Every employee should be perceived as a brand ambassador with thousands of opportunities to talk about the company – the companies who are winning have employees who are emotionally connected to the brand and are able to see its future. From the custodian to the C-Suite – everyone has an enormous impact.
Success happens when employees:
The result is a company that is strong, a team that is united and has purpose, authentic relationships and a knowing that each employee is growing individually as well as adding value to the corporate growth.
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Posted on 11/20/2017 5:00 PM by Mila Grigg | CEO
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