Reading Steve Mckee’s Combining Brand Management with Workforce Enablement (and yes indeed an urgent need)

by Steve McKee

IBM Brand Management and Workforce EnablementIn my December BusinessWeek.com column, I highlighted the vital need for internal branding, calling it the missing link between perception and reality, promise and delivery, effective marketing and positive outcomes.

Now along comes a speech by Jon Iwata, SVP of communications and marketing at IBM, that makes my argument look like a kiddy pool compared to the depths he’s diving. His speech was titled, “Toward a New Profession: Brand, Constituency and Eminence on the Global Commons,” but don’t let that scare you. He made some insightful points about why IBM has created a new internal discipline that combines brand management and what he calls “workforce enablement,” aligning “experts in the workplace and experts in the marketplace.”

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