Last Updated Mar 6, 2008 8:52 AM EST
She's not laughing now, and neither should you.
In today's supercompetitive business environment it pays in cash and career advancement for you to self-promote your skills and capabilities. It's time to take another look at "Brand Me."
In a two-parter on Harvard Business, Corkindale lays out the reasons why building a personal brand is a prerequisite for career success (Part One) and 11 tips for creating it (Part Two).
Here are three of her tips that resonated with me:
- Rethink the way you view your career. Don't think of yourself as an employee but as an asset to that you own. Forget your job title. Ask yourself: What do I do that brings value? What I am most proud of?
- Learn from the big brands. Identify what makes you distinctive from the competition. What have you done recently to make yourself stand out? What would your colleagues or your customers say is your greatest strength?
- Make yourself visible. Build your profile internally and externally. Ways to do this include networking, signing up for high-profile projects, showcasing your skills in presentations or workshops, writing for internal or external publications, volunteering for committees or panel discussions at a conference.
Personal Brands in Action
When first wrestling with this idea I had trouble recalling a personal brand in action. Now having recently read John Quelch's new book on marketing and democracy, it's suddenly clear to me that the presidential candidates are creating personal brands to distinguish themselves from the competition for time-challenged voters
Even the less political astute among us can detail the brand attributes each is selling.
- McCain: Tested in battle (in war as well as politics); straight talker; compassionate conservative.
- Clinton: Prepared to lead; tough; empathetic.
- Obama: Visionary; uniter; change agent.