8 Meaningful Examples of Leading in Action Using a Marketing Metaphor Business Decisions 18-02

Business Decisions 18-02

I read an article (by Kim Castle, 10+ years ago) on the different types of marketing in action. I was chuckling after reading it.

I thought … what would happen if I replaced marketing with leading and reshaped the descriptors? I did!

What follows is the result:  

1)  You're a leader and you see an impressive employee at a meeting. You go up to the employe and say, "I'm a fantastic leader." — That's Leading through Marketing.

2)  You're at a meeting with your colleagues and notice an impressive employee. One of your colleagues goes up to the employee and, pointing at you, says, "He's a great leader." — That's Leading through Advertising.

3)  You see an impressive employee at a meeting. You go up to the employee and ask what area the employee works in. The next day you call and say, "Hi, I'm a great leader." — That's Leading through Telemarketing.

4)  You see an impressive employee at a meeting and you straighten your suit. You walk up to the employee and offer to pour the employee a cup of coffee. You say, "May I?" and reach over and place a gourmet cookie on a napkin and give it to the employee, and then say, "By the way, I'm a great leader." — That's Leading through Public Relations.

5)  You're at a meeting and notice an impressive employee. On break, the employee walks up to you and says, "I hear you're a great leader." — That's Leading through Brand Recognition.

6)  You're at a meeting and notice an impressive employee. The employee considers you to be a great leader. However, you talk the employee into working with someone who requires the employee's workplace insights. — That's Leading through a Sales Rep.

7)  Your staff can't figure out a solution to a problem and they call you. — That's Leading through Tech Support.

8)  You're on your way to a meeting when you realize that there are some impressive employees in the work cubicles you are walking by. So you climb onto the desk in the middle of the room and shout at the top of your lungs, "I'm a great leader!" — That's Leading through Junk Mail.

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And now, over to you...

What If?

Someone you knew was leading through a junk mail approach, what would you do?
Someone you knew needed a bit of advertising at a meeting, what would you do? 

Someone (?) you knew __________, what would you do?
(Fill in the ? and blank and make it happen))smiles

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In the spirit of Ask – let me pose the following questions to you:

  1. Which statement - above - describes you last year?
  2. Which statement describes you today?
  3. Which statement would you like others to use to describe you moving forward?
    And how will you achieve this intention? 

    Please provide a response to the third question in the Comments section below . And in responding, provide sufficient detail so we can understand your ideas. I know others would appreciate reading what you have to say.

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Business Decisions 18-02

Edited version from March 2007
Influence by: Kim Castle

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