This is not a political post…at all. Just a general look at the reality of business as it is and should be in a world of social media.
I saw on the news that Mitt Romney was getting some heat for saying “Companies are people.” I’m not sure it’s a smart political thing to say, but I generally agree. (That’s why I’m not in politics)
Here are five reasons why Mitt Romney was right in a way:
If you’ve ever seen a company face bad news or great news, you’ll agree with me that a company has a soul and it can be shattered, uplifted, or ignored. Don’t ignore it.
2) Companies are born
When companies are born, usually everyone involved near the beginning feels like a proud parent. The company grows, matures, and develops like a real baby. Some days you like it, other times you don’t.
3) Companies die
Just as a company can be born, it can die too. It’s very painful and sometimes they take their owners with them. I just heard about a suicide of a business leader who lost his business during the recession.
When a business dies, it breaks hearts, dreams, and futures. It’s very much like a funeral when it happens.
4) Companies have faces
I smile when I see the Starbucks logo. Great marketing leaders realize that their logo is the face of their company and they are careful to protect it. Don’t let people stretch, crowd, discolor, or alter your logo in any way. It’s your face. People know it.
5) Companies have friends
Just like Facebook is friends with Microsoft (for now), companies with strategic interests often bond together for a common cause. They share secrets, plans, and connections. Just like humans.
With the increase in brands using social media platforms, companies now have real human friends too. Just check out the Facebook wall of the most successful brands out there. It’s like one big party.
The best companies act like people. They play well with others, communicate with one voice, have a heart, and unleash the collective soul of their entire workforce.
Have a great night,
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