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I don't think there really are authentic brands. Everyone has copied something from someone else and then pretend it was their own idea all along.

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I'm launching a new social good startup and after hearing your talk and reading your book, we took the time to go back and get it right. We clearly didn't start with why. Actually, we did at first, but after committee thinking set in, we lost it. Glad to be back on track.

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how do we facilitate perhaps, a quiet revolution, that begs a change of mindset... toward what you share here. being you in all realms of life. from marketing, to conversation, to simply being...

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Simon, great post. I think your post couldn't be more true. Companies need to be authentic in their branding. Too often companies just try to do things because they feel it will attract more customers. As you have been saying, and not only in this post, companies need to to it for the WHY.

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Simon, this is the exact reason why I left the corporate world!! Not only in the branding (which was exactly as you describe here), but, in the people...everyone was out to cover their a**, afraid of speaking their minds even when they knew that what upper management was saying made no sense. They just nodded their heads and did what they were told, being good little soldiers meant their jobs were safe, yet, they were miserable, mainly because they were going against what they truly believed in and valued!

Basically, they lost their authenticity, believing that what they have to offer has no value...

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Hi Simon,

A Sunday with reflections on who "me" is? What is my contribution? My uniqueness? My passion?
I can not copy anyone else. So perfectly said!
Thank you for reminding and put the light on it. Best, Sanna
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Maarten Hoekstra

Great post! Companies like reverse-engineering a fake match of beliefs (why) between a company and (potential) customers because a strategy of optimising options (potential what) is perceived opportunistic, and following that up by optimising choices (actual what) on cost-income ratio alone (not guided by beliefs or values) is perceived as greedy.
However, I believe that often company's operating environments stimulate this way of thinking, eg by asking for shareholder value (what-measurements) or compliance with regulations (forced choices > forced what). It's hard to authentically keep aiming at the original purpose (why) as companies grow bigger.

tom hidvegi

great article. i believe most companies just like most humans still mix up conform and confirm. simply because they have no idea WHY they do things so they reach out for others to conform ideas which were not even theirs in the first place and register it wrongly as a confirmation. we should all come to full circle and start our WHY instead of being in a vicious circle of HOW.

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most people are other people. -Oscar Wilde

how do we facilitate perhaps, a quiet revolution, that begs a change of mindset... toward what you share here. being you in all realms of life. from marketing, to conversation, to simply being...

chris

I've been out of uni a few years now, in that time I've a group of people I was previously unfamiliar with, business men.

What has surprised me most about the interesting business men I have met, so few of them have a 'vision' or any sort of direction. Theres alot of 'borrowing' of other peoples 'why' exactly as you describe here.

Is it because they started business simply to make money, rather than to solve a problem or because they had a 'why'?

Swire

Too funny. I've been in numerous client meetings where I hear exactly that. Even huge brands who have a fairly strong brand go there.

I'm launching a new social good startup and after hearing your talk and reading your book, we took the time to go back and get it right. We clearly didn't start with why. Actually, we did at first, but after committee thinking set in, we lost it. Glad to be back on track.

Cheers!

Zack Swire

K

I love that you write things like this.

It's funny because I turned down a job offer today from a company who was doing exactly what you're talking about here.

There were some other basic principles of their business that ended up being the reason I turned down the job (more on that later), but that was one thing that stuck with me -- that they mirrored back to me what I said.

After a certain point, you start wondering if it's even a conversation...

DebraGould

Simon, nice to see you debunk 2 approaches so often promoted by marketing and social media "experts."

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