Lately I have been very focused on outcomes. Not on objectives or goals, not on results, but on outcomes. My friends, colleagues and you readers have asked me what is really the difference and how is it related to my personal brand. I hope that I can clarify what I mean and help you with your brand progress by turning your focus to outcomes rather than objectives and results.
It is easy to hit the brain’s snooze button and mindlessly agree with everyone – especially with those in positions of authority (experts in your field, your boss, established media outlets). We blindly accept every order from management, leave positive comments on every blog we see, cruising around life like a sheep that can type. But you know what? Sheep don’t get anywhere. Neither will you if you don’t voice your own opinion and blaze your own trail every now and then.
Thinking of applying for a government job, but you don’t have a clue about how to navigate the daunting process and wonder how (or if) you can get your brand into your application?
Federal/government jobs entice job seekers at all levels – from entry level to C-level/senior executives. Many seasoned executives want to transition away from the instability of the corporate world. Government jobs may be their ticket to career fulfillment.
Keeping tabs on your personal brand and your reach are important when you consider your current strategy and what you need to revise going forward. Simple assessments of your personal brand are easy with a few tools to use each day that will allow you to gain a base level and easily track future progression.
We often discuss Facebook, LinkedIn, Twitter, your resume, networking, etc. one at a time or maybe in pairs, but seldom is the whole picture described. Your brand is the sum of the all parts of the communication and information channels you use, and sometimes by the ones you do not use. Therefore it is essential to have a strategy for how to communicate in the different channels over time.
For the sake of avoiding lots of “what-if” scenarios, let’s say that you have every single Facebook privacy setting set to “only friends.” You also took great caution as to the coworkers/managers/bosses who can see your page. Are you all set to do whatever you please on Facebook? Nope. Your Facebook profile quotations and ‘Likes’ are public for all the world to see. Subsequently, what you quote or Like on Facebook can destroy your personal brand.