Personal Clout vs. Company Clout

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Somewhere in America, a business leader is standing in front of an audience prepared to use the phrase “Our most important asset is our people.” Do you think they really mean it? What about other key assets, for example:

1. Real estate

2. Rights to natural resources like oil and gas

3. Cash reserves

4. Patents

5. The corporate brand

OK, that’s not really a fair question because people are not something that’s owned by the company. Your “people” do walk out the doors of your business every night though. What would happen if they didn’t come back to work the next day? That could create a big mess, because for some organizations when you lose people you lose income. But still, nobody likes to be thought of as an object of production. So does the phrase “people are our competitive advantage” set a little better with you? That one is not so great if you are a not-for profit organization. After all, who are they competing with? A phrase I’m starting to think is now closer to the mark is “our people are our most important source of influence.” In fact, some new tools like Klout can provide a very real look at how personal brands compare to corporate brands in the area of social influence.

In this example, three individuals on the Berry Network marketing team (Alan See, Rich McKinney and Mark Williams ) actually have a higher Klout score than the Berry Network corporate brand. So who gave Klout all the clout? That’s a good point and I’m not going to argue whether Klout is the best measurement tool when it comes to measuring social influence. Why should an organization care if their employee’s have a strong personal brand? That’s a fair question; but I think you already know the answer. In general, people do business with other people they know, like and trust. Think about the combination of those three words for a minute.

· Know

· Like

· Trust

You’re talking about a very credible source packed with influence and value. And I’ll take a building full of employee’s like that any day of the week.

Republished with author's permission from original post.

Alan See
Alan See is Principal and Chief Marketing Officer of CMO Temps, LLC. He is the American Marketing Association Marketer of the Year for Content Marketing and recognized as one of the "Top 50 Most Influential CMO's on Social Media" by Forbes. Alan is an active blogger and frequent presenter on topics that help organizations develop marketing strategies and sales initiatives to power profitable growth. Alan holds BBA and MBA degrees from Abilene Christian University.

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