Build your own reputation

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Build your own reputation

How would you like people to regard you?  I imagine you would want it to vary according to your target group?  i.e. Family, lover, friends, colleagues, boss, employees, customers, suppliers etc? 

It has occurred to me that to a large extent we are responsible for building our own reputations.  It is true that sometimes our reputations are demolished by acts of chance or jealousy but mostly our reputations are built or destroyed by our own making.

Here’s a list of key words to choose from (select one from the two lists and see to which target group it applies for you):

Group One:

Honest, clever, sexy, funny, courageous, strong, creative, passionate, balanced, dependable, helpful, caring, considerate, open minded

Group two:

Focused, judgmental, unforgiving, tough, stubborn, narrow minded, arrogant, self centered, egotistical, driven, sly, dishonest, unreliable

Many successful people pay attention to their perceived weaknesses and then create mini publicity campaigns to compensate for them.  The better they get at creating a new image, the more rounded and generally better received they become.

But why should anyone do this?  Some people tell me that we should just be ourselves and act naturally.  But I find this to be a cheap copout.  Who are you? Who am I?  What makes me me and what is natural?  And what would I be if I was left to my own devices?  I am told (and believe) that most of us would be thoroughly dishonest, if we knew that we would never get caught.

We can only judge ourselves by comparing with others and this becomes irrelevant as the very act of comparing changes the way we see ourselves.  When we see a rich person, we see ourselves as poor.  When we see a poor person, we see ourselves as rich.   Thus when we ask our peers to describe us, we tend to try and ignore the stuff we disagree with and to latch onto the flattering comments, comparing with the person that gave them.

And so it is, those that build their own reputations are those that are making choices of who and what they want to be.  They are the people that, more often than not, have a vision and objective to their life, loves or career.  

So this week if I look somewhat distant, ignore me, its just that I am busy planning how to build my new reputation!

Have a good week,


2016-11-17T08:25:27+00:000 Comments

About the Author:

Harley is a dynamic 'we can do this' kind of person with a successful track record of working for a wide variety of companies in all kinds of sectors. From very small family run businesses right through to giant multi-nationals. Over the last thirty five years Harley has built a reputation for inspiring those around him to rout out and tackle the core problems facing their organizations. Armed with a wide range of pragmatic tools that he has developed over the years, Harley is able to help his clients bring about long-term, sustainable solutions, while having fun at the same time. Harley is a motivational 'people person' who is nonetheless tough on efficiency and delivery. Apart from being well known for his highly entertaining and motivational speeches, Harley is also a blogger and author of four books; 'The Change Manager's Handbook', 'Transition', 'Inspirational Leadership’ and ‘Making a Difference’.

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