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I have observed that reputations are influenced by four areas – articulation, attitude, behavior, and production. First, a look at articulation.
When it comes to your reputation, your colleagues are going to think what they want to think and say what they want to say. Since the reputation you have exists in the thoughts and words of your colleagues (especially when you are not present), the focus of your time and energy is to influence those thoughts and words.
The first step to identifying the reputation you want to have starts with your ability to articulate it. You can’t expect others to think and speak about you in the ways that you want them to think and speak about you, if you can’t describe your reputation yourself. It would be like driving from New York City to San Francisco without knowing how to get there. Who knows where you will end up?
If you want people to think about you and describe you in a certain way when you are not present, you need to be the first one to articulate your reputation the way you would want others to articulate it.
When was the last time you took a few moments to think about the reputation you want to have? How do you know if the choices you are making support the reputation you want to have? If you are like the majority of the busy business professionals with whom I work, you have never spent time seriously thinking about the reputation you want to have. You have never spent time considering the importance of influencing the thoughts and words of your colleagues when they speak about you when you are not present. No doubt you have expected that your “nose-to-the-grindstone” work ethic would ensure rapturous thoughts and words about you after you had left the room.
Next, how attitude influences your reputation.
Your reputation is built on a never ending series of choices that you make, every minute of every day. And in today’s transparent and frenetic organizations, your choices are seen by more of your colleagues, and faster, than ever before.
Today’s ever-changing organizations demand that you be in charge of your reputation. Every Facebook post you choose to generate, sound bite you choose to create, and decision you choose to make will potentially be seen or heard by thousands of colleagues in your organization and industry. Your choices are your reputation. In my work with my clients and during my career, I have observed that reputations are influenced by four areas – articulation, attitude, behavior, and production.
More about each influence coming soon.
There are certainly things you cannot choose. You can’t choose not to get multiple sclerosis. You can’t choose to win a million dollars in a lottery. You can’t choose someone to love you. However, if you were to list all of the experiences in your life and weigh each of them equally, you would find over 98% of your experiences result from a choice you made.
At first, you probably don’t feel that 98% of your activities were the result of a choice. This is because you do not realize how many choices you make every day, but by the time you have left your home each morning, you are a choice-making machine.
You make so many choices, you may not even realize that some things that you did today were a choice. Or you may believe that a decision you made today was not up to you. Many of my clients find themselves in a state commonly called “victim mode.” They believe that the outcome to a situation in which they had a voice was not up to them. When you are in “victim mode,” you abdicate your ability to make a choice. Whatever the reason, you believe that you did not have a choice when, in fact, you did.
So what, then, influences a reputation?