Tag: Personal Branding

Deference versus Defiance

July 31, 2012 Personal Branding no comments


Scene from Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor” (image source)

There are two schools of thought in life, business and work.

The first is the school of deference. Adherents to this approach believe that obedience, allegiance, faith and subservience are virtues to be embraced. The entire Confucian philosophy commands one to put nation before organisation, organisation before family and family before self. Communal interests precede individual ones.


Blending Interestingness and Intensity

November 9, 2010 Social Influence 1 comment

Blending Interestingness and Intensity
Cai Guo Qiang’s artworks are a blend of interestingness with intensity (courtesy of Topical Musings)

Anybody who is plugged into the new world of marketing knows that the centres of gravity have shifted.

With the gradual death of the “hard sell” marketer, consumers are increasingly attracted to a new breed of advocates and influencers.

This new generation of opinion leaders and shapers are found both inside and outside today’s organisations.


Marketing Yourself during Interviews

January 20, 2009 Personal Branding 1 comment

Everybody knows that we are now in a recessionary economy. The diagnosis doesn’t look good for the months ahead, and there may be further job losses in the horizon. It is also an employer’s market now and good candidates are more readily available.

Against such a backdrop, it is more crucial than ever to present yourself in a positive light during job interviews. After working so hard to secure it battling with hundreds of other candidates (and it does get this plentiful), the last thing you need is to throw it all away by being ill-prepared.


How to Brand and Market Yourself

July 25, 2007 Personal Branding 11 comments


Richard Branson’s personal brand is synonymous with that of Virgin.

Was reading Steve Rubel’s post about The Golden Age of Individualism which pointed to this decade old gem by management guru Tom Peters. In Tom’s article on the “Brand Called You”, he wrote about the need to establish oneself as an authority on the matters which one is passionate about, the importance of influence and visibility, and the need to have BOTH style and substance.

In the age of social media and the democratisation of information, all of us become more important than ever before. I am sure everybody would have read or heard about Time Magazine’s Person of the Year : You. Everybody’s vote now counts more strongly than ever before in the world of business and commerce.