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(1). When your product or service becomes synonymous with it’s function. (i.e. Kleenex is a brand of tissue, not the tissue itself, and Google is a search engine, yet people use the brand name as the actual action of searching. See, now you get it, and if you don’t and are upset about not getting it, then grab a Kleenex and go Google it, lady).
“You see Ted, your problem is that you have somewhat of a Kleenex issue on your hands. On one hand, everyone knows your product and brand, on the other, nobody can differentiate between the two and your competitors use both in all of their marketing material. Guess that patent idea I gave you 10 years back makes a whole lot of sense now, doesn’t it Ted?”
(1). A statement suggesting that wearing that Pearl Jam t-shirt to work probably isn’t the best path to management.
“Hey Dave, I saw you applied for the director’s position, that’s great! One thing though. “Ten” came out like 20 years ago so you might want to start throwing a button-down on once in awhile. Dress for the job you want, not the job you have! Ya know what I mean?”