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How aligned and integrated are your external brand identity and internal organizational culture? Does your organization have the right core values that it needs to cultivate your desired culture and achieve your brand vision? How big is the gap between your existing brand identity and the one you aspire to? In what specific ways are […]

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As you think about the coming year, I’m guessing are you don’t want another only OK, keep-our-heads-above-water, just-grateful-to-still-be-around year – you want 2022 to be a year of greatness! To help you turn your hopes and dreams for the new year into reality, I’ve just published “2022 Great Business Action Plan” – a piece that […]

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The problem at Amazon is not simply that its culture has gone awry; more importantly, it has become disconnected from the company’s brand. Amazon’s brand has always been grounded in its aspiration of becoming “Earth’s Most Customer-Centric Company.”  And its leaders have used the organization’s core values, “Leadership Principles”, to guide the company in service […]

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Customer Experience (CX) maturity models are used by many companies to guide, measure, and improve their performance on CX.  You need a similar tool to empower Employee Experience (EX) excellence. I suggest an EX Maturity Model that incorporates the 10 key building blocks of EX: Strategic clarity – clear vision and strategy for EX EX:CX […]

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One of my go-to books on leadership is The First 90 Days: Proven Strategies for Getting Up to Speed Faster and Smarter, by Michael D. Watkins.  I regularly give it to folks who are transitioning into a new role. If I had his address and thought he’d read it, I’d send a copy to Andy […]

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Accelerated agility, enriched engagement, and definitive differentiation — these are the top priorities brand builders need to achieve brand leadership today. The roles that brands play and the expectations people have of them today requires new brand-building mindsets and skillsets. My new post in my LinkedIn Brand+Culture Series explains the what, why, and how of […]

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How did Airbnb manage to recover so quickly from the Covid-19 pandemic? CEO Brian Chesky and the leaders at Airbnb focused on a few key priorities: the core business — they streamlined ancillary offerings and shored up their home rentals business customer emotions — they assessed what customers were feeling and went to great lengths […]

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One thing I’ve learned from working with business leaders through three recessions and against fierce competition in fast-paced industries such as retail and digital technology is that it’s not enough to simply adapt to change. Adapting to change means you merely react to it, like playing Whac-A-Mole.  One change pops up, and as soon as […]

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In a recent McKinsey survey, 82% of U.S. workers said that it’s important for companies to have a purpose, but only 42% reported that their company’s stated purpose had real impact. How can you avoid being an organization with a pointless purpose? Use a single overarching purpose Ensure stakeholders buy into it Implement strategies for […]