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Sometimes it’s hard for us to ascribe human characteristics to nonhuman entities likeSun shining through a forest businesses. But, you know, often they do have these characteristics – and it makes sense to think about organizations in this way. One of these traits is “personality” – that set of characteristics that often influence the way we see people. A business also has a set of characteristics that make up it’s “personality” and help define how those outside the organization view it, react to its brand, and interact with it.
An organization’s personality is derived from its foundational core values and mission. The organization’s brand is derived from that foundation – and its personality can be thought of as the way the brand interacts with the world around it. Think about “personality” as that layer that sits between the internal and the external and which helps the outside understand the inside (if managed well). And manage it we should.
Good morning everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. We sure did here. We celebrated my oldest daughter’s confirmation at church and got to visit with family. Very nice!
Well, as I always like to do, let’s start this week with some of the best articles from the last week or so – and, yes, some tips and insights from me as well. Enjoy!
Your business’s growth may have stalled or just may not be growing as fast as you might like. It’s natural to ask why? As the business’s leader you want to know what’s getting in the way. What’s limiting (or even blocking) your business’s growth? Sometimes it’s obvious. Sometimes not. One thing I’ve noticed over the years is that one limiting factor is almost always at play – a lack of vision. It’s time to ask yourself is your mindset is holding your company back.
Happy Monday everyone. My family had nice little “stay-cation” right here in Houston. A weekend of hotel, restaurants, hotel pool, etc. I think everybody had a great time. Now back to business. And to start with, here’s my weekly summary of some great articles from the last week or so. Enjoy!
Sometimes it’s not easy to adjust when someone is asked to take on a leadership role at their organizations. The transition from being a manager or a supervisor in the organization to one of a leader is fraught with pitfalls. And sometimes those pitfalls can drag us down; preventing us from growing and making that leap into becoming a confident leader.
What does it take to be a leader? And what is it about some good managers that keeps them from being successful as an organization’s leader? And what are some of the best ways to ensure you successfully make the transition from manager to leader?
Hello everyone! I hope you had a nice weekend. It’s been crazy-hot and dry here in Houston. But I still got some good yard work done. Fun, right? LOL Anyway, it’s now Monday and time for my weekly round-up of some of the best things I read (and, ok, a few I wrote) from the last week or so.
I’ve talked with several people lately about the best ways to maximize the exposure your blog and your social media efforts get. One word that almost always comes up is “consistency”. Write, publish, and comment consistently – with a consistent “voice”. So, I got to thinking…if consistency is important in the promotional side of your business, where else might it also be important?
You may have heard the phrase that “The stock market hates uncertainty.” Well, that is true for your business also. Your customers, your employees, and your business partners appreciate consistency. They like to know what they can expect from your company and from you as a leader. How?
Hello everyone! Happy birthday America! We’re 240 years strong and counting! I hope you were able to find time to enjoy the holiday and celebrate with friends and family! As always, though, I like to take time to summarize a list of some great articles you as a business leader should’t miss:
Dang! Something in your business just went wrong. Someone made a mistake. AMistake 01 customer’s ticked off. Hey, it happens. People understand that. But the real downfall is that so often we see companies that do a poor job of reacting when mistakes are made. It’s not that hard, really. It takes a dose of humility and a customer-focused outlook to get it right. But instead a lot of company responses could be characterized as the “never-happened”, the “it’s-the-customer’s-fault”, or even the “we’ll-get-to-it-sometime” schools. I know you’ve seen them.
Good morning guys! Happy Monday to all. I hope you are rested from the weekend and ready to start a brand new, productive week. Here is a weekly roundup of some great articles to get your brain started. (If you want them more in real-time, be sure to follow me on social media – Twitter, Facebook, and LinkedIn!)