Do You Judge People With Personal Brands? Here's Another Way to Think About It. Maybe you see personal brands as indulgent and self-centered, or a waste of time better spent on other tasks. But consider this.
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Q: Every founder seems to have a personal brand, but it doesn't appeal to me. Do I really need to do this? — Eloise, San Diego
Before I answer your question, consider the following scenario:
Imagine comparing two people who work for you. One employee does everything that you ask of them. The other does that, too — but they also go above and beyond to identify opportunities outside of the job's general requirements. Not everything the second employee does is a hit, but a few things are, and those uncharted opportunities add asymmetrical upside to your business. Which employee does more to help your company?