What do Rand Fishkin, Charlie Puth, and Martha Stewart all have in common?

They are all killer personal brand examples…

While many equate strong personal branding only to powerful leadership, there’s a lot more that goes into crafting a personal brand statement. In business, your personal brand needs to leave a lasting impression or you risk being ignored. This can be the result of your voice, off-the-wall persona, whacky facial hair, or any other number of unique things.

Establishing a personal brand carries even more weight when you’re responsible for developing and leading others. When you have a team…


It seems that the world has a lack of leadership these days, doesn’t it? Why does poor leadership seem to be such an epidemic in government, business, and nonprofits?

It’s selfishness, plain and simple…our tendency is to be focused on our own interests as well as pointing out the flaws in others instead of improving our own.

True leadership starts with the leader working on herself first and serving her team, not the other way around. And not only that, but we should seek to put the interests of others first, not our own…which I hate to admit is often…


Does your career seem to be a struggle at times? Why is the world appear to be so topsy-turvy? Have you felt this way? I know I have … many times.

It’s why I wrote my book Why Career Advice Sucks™ … to share the stories of my own career success and failures and help you grow your career more quickly.

Recently, I wondered what other career advice experts would add to the conversation about what’s vital for career growth. So I asked career advice experts these 3 questions:

  1. What is your number #1 tip for being successful in a…

ARE GENERATIONAL DIFFERENCES STRAINING YOUR WORKPLACE CULTURE?

So much has been written about generational differences in the workplace.

And maybe you feel like you’ve read half of it already. People will argue every possible side of the issue — that generational differences divide us, or that they’re just a myth … that they’re something to worry about, or they’re not as big a deal as you think. It can make you wonder, do generational differences in the workplace really matter?

The short answer is yes, they do.

At the very least, there’s no question the differences between generations can cause misunderstandings. Those misunderstandings can breed conflict, and…


You’re probably wondering to yourself, “I don’t believe SEO works anymore.”

Or perhaps you are in disbelief that longform content performs better than shorter content.

Or maybe you don’t buy into content marketing and its efficacy due to the overwhelming amount of content out there. Both of those are simply not true…based on the data science behind posts that are 2,000+ words in length.

Moz, among others, have done study after study identifying the best performing content, SEO or otherwise, and hands down, evergreen content that is longer than 2,000 words gets more links, social shares, and longer…


We have all seen various leadership styles that we like or dislike, some more passionately than others.

What models do you desire to see in others? Which ones do you despise?

The choice of which model to emulate in your own leadership depends on the team, culture, and your own personality. Same goes for how you prefer others to lead you. That may vary as well. Both preferences tend to evolve over time as our life and work experiences allow us exposure to a variety of these philosophies in action.

But we innately know when a leadership situation feels positive…


How do we recruit people who are the best fit for our organization AND job duties?

As a business manager in a variety of industries with over fifteen years leading teams, I’ve been in your shoes. And I’ve asked myself this question many times, as I’m sure you have as well.

It’s one of the more vexing questions we, as leaders, ask ourselves when we have an opening. These days, it seems that we are running into an issue with more and more job postings remaining open for longer periods of time.

So why is that, and how do we…


LEADERSHIP QUESTIONS GOT YOU STUMPED? YOU TOO CAN ASK MORE EFFECTIVE ONES!

First off, every one of us is a leader, whether we have a formal position of leadership or not. We can chose to lead others regardless of our title or position. First, we need to learn how to lead ourselves, which starts with self-awareness and reflection on how we can approach people and situations from a position of humility.

With that in mind, there are many leadership questions we wonder about.

What questions about leadership do top-notch leaders ask their team?

What questions should we ask interviewees?

We’ve compiled a list of the best questions about leadership for you…


When you started your nonprofit, you had likely decided to champion a cause. Now, your nonprofit might be new and struggling to gain footing. Or, maybe your nonprofit is fairly established at this point and doing well.

Either way, you probably question whether you should be pushing to raise awareness. And is it worth the effort?

Because there are 1.5 million nonprofits in the U.S. alone, and counting. Your competition is only going to grow, and you need to do something to rise above the noise.

Read on to learn how you can raise awareness, what a great campaign looks…


GOT CHALLENGES WITH YOUR PROBLEM-SOLVING PROCESS? ARE YOU FRUSTRATED?

prob·lem-solv·ing
noun

-the process of finding solutions to difficult or complex issues.

It sounds so simple, doesn’t it?

But in reality problem-solving is hard. It’s almost always more complex than it seems. That’s why problem-solving can be so frustrating sometimes. You can feel like you’re spinning your wheels, arguing in circles, or just failing to find answers that actually work.

And when you’ve got a group working on a problem, it can get even muddier…differences of opinions, viewpoints colored by different backgrounds, history, life experiences, you name it. We’re all looking at life and work from different angles, and that often…

Miles Anthony Smith

Inbound Marketing, Lead Generation & Email Marketing Automation Expert, WhyStuffSucks™ Keynote Speaker, Author, Investor http://whystuffsucks.com/

Get the Medium app

A button that says 'Download on the App Store', and if clicked it will lead you to the iOS App store
A button that says 'Get it on, Google Play', and if clicked it will lead you to the Google Play store