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The Dalai Lama said the root of all suffering is thinking about yourself. In Tibetan, the word for pride is literally translated as, “Me, the King” (nga gyal). In contrast, your happiness is proportional to the thoughts you have for other people. This concept also applies to your personal brand. Related: How To Create A Personal Brand Without Being A Jerk It seems the Internet would agree with the Dalai Lama. In a recent study done by Dan Zarella, the more someone uses words like, “I,” “me” or “my” the less Twitter followers they have. Another study also suggested “you” is the most retweeted word.


To Give Is To Receive

The idea a personal brand is an act of narcissism is entirely false. The idea personal branding is generational or age based is also false. Everyone has a brand, like it or not. And finally, the idea personal branding is simply talking about yourself a lot is completely wrong. As we saw from Dan’s research, talking about yourself actually hurts your brand. So, what exactly is personal branding?

Align Who You Are With What They Need

People walk around all day thinking about their problems. Right? And in order to get your next job, you are trying to find a way to provide value by solving a target company’s problems.

Step 1: With personal branding is knowing what you can do, what you are good at, what you like to do.

Step 2: Knowing what your target company needs, what your hiring manager cares about.

Step 3: Aligning the two previous steps.

Simple. Tell them how you can help them. If you are not sure, ask. This post was originally published at an earlier date. Photo Credit: Shutterstock
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Everyone needs to feel their voice is heard and their contributions are important. Something as simple as sharing a drink the last hour of the day on a Friday with the team to recap wins and give praise can build camaraderie within the team.


All of the above are fairly simple to implement but can make a huge difference in morale and motivation. Have any of these tips worked well for young the past? Do you have other tips to motivate your creative team? If so, please share them with me!

Encourage curiosity. Spark debate. Stimulate creativity and your team will be better at handling challenges with flexibility and resourcefulness. Create a safe space for ideas, all ideas, to be heard. In ideation, we need the weird and off-the-wall ideas to spur us on to push through to the great ideas.

Sure, there are a ton of studies done on this, but here is my very unscientific personal take. When team members can make decisions about how they work on projects, they are more engaged and connected to the project outcome. When they see how potentially dropping the ball would affect the entire team, they step up. When they feel like what they are doing is impactful and valued, they are naturally motivated to learn more, and be even better team members.

Rarely does a one-size-fits-all style work when it comes to team motivation. I have found that aligning employee goals with organization goals works well. Taking time to get to know everyone on your team is invaluable. What parts of their job do they love? What do they not enjoy? What skills do they want to learn? Even going so far as to where they see themselves in five years career-wise. These questions help you right-fit projects, and help your team see you are committed to creating a career path for them within the company.

Most designers I know love a good challenge. We are problem solvers by nature. Consistently give yourself and your team small challenges, both design-related and not. It will promote openness within the team to collaborate, and it will help generate ideas faster in the long run. Whether the challenge is to find a more exciting way to present an idea to stakeholders or fitting a new tool into the budget, make it a challenge just to shake things up.

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