Nick Westergaard

By Nick Westergaard on July 29, 2019

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Using Brand as a Leadership Tool with Lindsay Pedersen

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“Brand creates focus. It helps you prioritize. Because it’s a North Star in can help the leader allocate resources, determine how he or she should spend his or her time.” This week on the On Brand podcast, I was joined by Lindsay Pedersen, brand strategist and author of the book Forging an Ironclad Brand.

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About Lindsay Pedersen

Lindsay Pedersen is the author of Forging An Ironclad Brand: A Leader’s Guide. She is a brand strategist and leadership coach who views brand as a blend of science, intuition, behavioral economics, and ancient storytelling. She developed the Ironclad Method™ while building brands with companies such as Starbucks, Clorox, Zulily, T-Mobile, IMDb, and burgeoning start-ups. Lindsay lives in Seattle with her husband and two children.

Episode Highlights

Branding as a leadership tool. “Brand creates focus. It helps you prioritize. Because it’s a North Star in can help the leader allocate resources, determine how he or she should spend his or her time. Who he or she should hire.”

The economic impact of brand. “Brand is the only truly sustainable differentiating factor for a business. Eventually, everything else can be copied. But you can’t copy a brand you’ve been reinforcing in peoples’ minds over time. Brand creates focus and a prioritizing mechanism for the leader and it also helps him or her create economic value by creating a competitive moat.”

Demystifying storytelling for business. “I think of story as problem-solution or tension-resolution. So brand and business exist to create resolution. To take the audience from struggling with a problem to mastering a problem.”

What brand has made Lindsay smile recently? “I love Trader Joe’s. When I shop at Trader Joe’s, I feel uplifted. I feel understood as a busy working mom.”

To learn more, go to her book website where you can access a free workbook and follow Lindsay on Twitter.

As We Wrap …

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Nick Westergaard
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is a strategist, speaker, educator, and author of Brand Now: How to Stand Out in a Crowded, Distracted World and Get Scrappy: Smarter Digital Marketing for Businesses Big and Small. He is the Chief Brand Strategist at Brand Driven Digital, an educator at the University of Iowa, and host of the On Brand podcast. More about Nick.


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