‘If you want to get ahead, get a hat,’ they said. Close, but no cigar. What you actually need is a strategy (although a jauntily worn beret will set you apart any day). Sound strategies let you articulate goals and how you plan to reach them, inspire support, stay competitive and turbo-charge performance. In short, strategic planning is critical – and when executed well, can blow the competition away.
Your brand makes you stand out in the market and gives you an identity. It’s what customers look for and recognise, and represents your organisation’s values and personality. Given how hard your brand works, it deserves a little TLC. Even the biggest companies continually tweak their logos, slogans and brand positioning. The question is, how far do you want to go?