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Fake personal branding. Have we moved from real people to puppets?

No longer true blue, Aussie pollies are being shaped to ‘fit’ the party image and narrative. The role of personal branding has been impacted significantly by the shift towards more populist politics. In the past, political leaders like Whitlam, Hawke, Menzies and even Howard stood…

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Vale Anthony Bourdain

Like many people throughout the world, I was deeply saddened to hear about the recent death of Anthony Bourdain. A man with a desirable, dynamic and authentic personal brand, he was not your average celebrity chef, author, travel documentarian, and presenter. Bourdain introduced us to…

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Brands lead from the top

  With every organisation there are actions that have a disproportional effect on a brand. As you go up the tree in any company it’s the people at the top, the exec level that have this the opportunity to have such an effect on their…

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How personal brand is the foundation for building your business brand

Simple Personal Branding is great for Brand Building Recently I bumped-into a friend of mine; Graeme Goldman at a business event. Graeme is one of Australia’s brilliant entrepreneurs quietly going about growing impressive businesses and brands. His retail watch business, 8th Avenue Watch Co is…

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Wow! Elon Musk’s Tesla brand keeps booming

We live in disruptive times for brands and business. You might have missed the news coming out of the US on Monday this week that saw the share value of Elon Musk’s Tesla brand continue to rise strongly. If there’s been a noteworthy trend in…

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Kylie Vs Kylie – The power of a personal brand name

If there’s one sure sign you’re a global brand, it’s when you’re recognized by your first name alone; think Madonna, Beyonce, Adele and Kylie. A trademark battle has broken out in the US where Kylie Jenner of Kardashian fame has been seeking to legally own…

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How building a strong personal brand is the foundation of a powerful business brand

The best business branding starts with you. Recently I’ve become addicted to an Instagram feed called Humans of NY. On their feed I spotted a profile of a professional dog walker who captured my imagination. For many small to medium sized enterprises the founder is…

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Celebrities, Charities and Crowd-Sourcing

Matt Damon and Ben Affleck have been doing the Internet rounds, as they try to raise money for the East Congo Initiative and Water.org. In a collaborative effort, the two celebrities offer the chance to hang out with them on a ‘best friend double date’,…

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Tomic brand needs a tonic

Australian tennis player Bernard Tomic was jeered by the crowd at Rod Laver Arena last week after withdrawing from a match at the end of the first set against Rafael Nadal. He feels that he was misunderstood and was adamant he made the right choice…

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Author of Harry Potter series, J.K. Rowling proves the worth of a strong personal brand

The “Harry Potter” author was exposed by a newspaper on July 14 as the author of “The Cuckoo’s Calling,” a thriller marketed as being by a former soldier and a first-time novelist named Robert Galbraith. What was meant to be an exercise in literary freedom…

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Personal Branding under done with Australian Cricket

Call it a team sport, but cricket needs big individual brands amongst its players if it wishes to maximise its appeal with the Australian public. Unfortunately, the Australian Cricket Board is inadvertently doing every thing in its power to diminish the impact of individual personal…

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The sound of history being re-written – The next chapter in the Lance Armstrong saga

They say revenge is a dish best served by… librarians I spotted this image on papermag.com and I couldn’t resist sharing. As the next chapter of Lance Armstrong’s fall from grace unravels before our eyes, it appears his fall from grace has been greased by…

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