Brand Culture Building Tip #2: Where’s the Harmony?

In business, I’ve been referred to as, “too kind”.  It’s always been by the opposite sex and I always chuckle.  The conversation always goes something like this:

“Katy, I just have to tell you, you are too kind in running this business. It’s gonna hurt you somewhere”.  To which, I always reply, “Thanks for looking out for me. I appreciate you. I don’t think I’m too kind.  What’s too kind, anyways?”

My response and inquiry always stops the conversation.  Why?  Because it is a stumper.  What does it really mean to be “too kind” in business?  It’s such a subjective and judgment filled answer.  Right?

In business, I’ve found our brands (we) show up in two ways: 1) either we don’t have well established boundaries and colleagues and clients just run right over us, leaving us angry and frustrated OR 2) we are very aggressive and competitive, leaving everyone around us angry and frustrated.  Neither one of these scenarios makes for a great brand.

So the tip for today is to develop a brand for yourself that has harmony.  What does that look like?  Harmony dictates your brand is comprised of kindness AND a good ability to set boundaries.  I call your boundary-setting ability your level of “confront”. 

Being kind does NOT mean being a push-over or sappy.  Being kind means having empathy and compassion for your direct reports, colleagues and superiors.

Having a high level of “confront” means holding firm to your ideals and beliefs and values while respecting others.  It means taking action when you must and backing off when you can.  What it does NOT mean is shoving your views down others’ throat nor treating them as you would not want to be treated.

This harmony will lead you to have a great brand AND lead to your team having a great starting point for brand culture development. 

Remember, everything we recommend here is simple, but not easy.  However, taking that first step is just choosing to see things differently for yourself and then for your team and organization. You can’t fail.

So stop and think to yourself, what is the first step you can take today to make this harmony happen?

Source: Katy Puris

katypurispersonalbranding-com

I moved to this country with my family in 1979 from Iran. We came with two suitcases thinking we’d stay for two weeks. We stayed a lifetime. I went to law school because I wanted to help humanity AND because I felt that if I was a lawyer, then I would fit in and be accepted and respected. I practiced for 15 years as a successful securities lawyer. One day I realized I was wealthy, miserable and no longer helping humanity. I quit my job as a lawyer within a month. As a spiritually-minded business person, I started to listen to the Universe and my intuition. Through a series of miracles, I ended up finding my natural talents and gifts, which are the ability to realize and evolve peoples’ assets very clearly. During the first two years of my “retirement” as a lawyer, I saw an ad in a community college catalog that read, “What do Oprah, Bill Gates & Warren Buffet Have in Common?” The answer was said to be that they were all practicing their natural talents. So I went to the workshop and learned excitedly and incredulously that my natural talent is in personal brand management for others. From this workshop, my horizons opened and I devised a number of programs highlighting others’ talents and abilities, wrapping it in a “personal brand” package. Initially, I had no idea how these gifts would work in coming together; but for the past seven years I have been running a personal brand management company. We work with individuals and companies to unearth their uniqueness, communicate this to their target audience, and then manage all perceptions. The mission of my company: While appreciating the oneness of humanity, my goal is to highlight for others their specific talents and abilities in order to bring greater joy and success to all areas of their lives. This is how I do my part to cultivate a world of love and kindness where I promise through my example that no one is forgotten and everyone is appreciated. Personal brand management is based on defining and understanding your uniqueness, communicating it effectively to your target market and managing the perception of your personal brand. Your personal brand comes first. It is about you and NOT your business logo or marketing materials or PR. YOU must have a personal brand before you: a) can have marketing material and b) are press worthy. An effective personal brand starts with the understanding of who you are as a business owner and an individual. Without this solid foundation of a sense of self, it is not possible to build an effective personal brand that then translates into effective business branding. Throughout my career and life, I have been blessed with an eye for the creative process around building a successful personal brand. I finally stopped and listened to all the people who kept asking me for help in making their personal brand and business a success. Most of these people were lawyers trying to figure out how to stand out as attorneys in society. I was enlightened by the concept of following my natural talent. I wanted to help other businesses have an effective personal brand and thus, increase revenues, productivity, morale and sales. For fifteen years, I worked as an attorney in multiple areas of corporate America. For over eight years I practiced in Washington DC: the Securities & Exchange Commission, lobbying on Capitol Hill, and working in a law firm. I then moved to California working as in-house corporate counsel and then consulting via my own business. I hold undergraduate degrees in Finance, Accounting and Economics and a law degree. My clientele include numerous law firms , corporations, law schools, specialty institutions, retail corporations, CPA firms, engineering firms, financial services firms, dental professionals, medical professionals, as well as many smaller businesses. I am an author and public speaker on personal branding, leadership, marketing and business development. I have been appointed to serve on the ABAs Law Practice Management (LPM) Division Webzine, Nominating Committee and Women Rainmaker Boards. I have contributed numerous articles to the ABA and been a frequent speaker at various ABA conferences. I believe in being active and giving back to our community as part of your personal brand and mainly because it is good Karma! I am on the national board of directors of The Women Of Color In the Law. I also serve on the San Diego board of directors of National Association of Women Business Owners (NAWBO).

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