Tag: real life

The Power of Personality

September 20th, 2010   •   1 comment   

“Personality not included” by Ogilvy Public Relations’ Rohit Bhargava is a seminal piece of work on marketing strategy. Unlike many other “guru texts” which I’ve read, Rohit nicely balances theory and technique, giving readers plenty of useful case studies and a framework that they can work on.

The central premise behind the book is that personality is the single most important element in one’s products, brands and company. In order to do so, companies should embrace their accidental spokespersons, ie customers, partners, employees or other stakeholders who are known to be vocal about the brand and the organisation. They should also loosen up overly rigid regulations that incite fear in their people, while still maintaining some semblance of control.

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The Scarcest Resource is Still Time

June 25th, 2008   •   7 comments   

First I have to apologise for the tardy updates on my blog. It has been almost two weeks since my last post, and I do have tonnes of topics that I wanted to talk about.

However, time wasn’t on my side. Creating that half an hour or more each day to blog will mean doing less of something else. Other than working (which gobbles up huge amounts of energy, brain juices, and time), I have been exercising a lot harder and more regularly than before. It does help to take away stress for sure.

In the age of social media, I don’t think being able to communicate with a thousand different folks simultaneously on multiple channels is going to be the Piece De Resistance of what its all about. Sure, you can twitter somebody here, SMS a buddy there, chat on MSN, email an associate, put up a blogpost, give somebody a tequila on facebook and so on. It is fun to be connected, to be the nexus of attention amongst hundreds of Friendsters. To be seen as part of the scene, the cool crowd, the hip and happening uber geeks flashing their iPhones.

Unfortunately, while engaging in these activities, I may have missed out on the important moments in my life that I may regret later. For example, seeing my four and a half year old boy grow up incredibly fast, chatting with the love of my life (my wife), breaking personal records in physical endeavours, and reading a great book. Enjoying a walk in the park, smelling the flowers, exploring new places to go to.

Of course, I can blog about all this. And I do intend to, moving ahead. However, for now, what I need to do is to catch my breath first. And slowly, breathe in, breathe out, and celebrate life.

Oh well. Just decided to rant for a bit. Do you ever experience such a phenomenon? Have you ever wanted to just be unplugged from the greater world, to recoil into your little sanctuary of solitude?