Do You Know Your Reputation?

January 19, 2014

Career, Leadership

Black classic Ford roadster with quote from Henry Ford

Do you know your reputation? While it is your character that truly counts, your reputation at work influences decisions that may affect your career, such as what team you work with or what project you are assigned. However, this does not mean you need to be obsessed with your reputation every moment of the day. Instead, your reputation should represent the best of who you really are – your authentic you.

If you try to be all things to all people, you will just drive yourself crazy and wind up exhausted. Instead, focus on one or two things you want to improve and do the things you want your reputation to reflect. Want to be considered reliable? Make commitments and meet them. Want to be viewed as a technical expert? Develop your technical skills and share your knowledge. Want to be a collaborative team player? Spend more time listening and less time talking. The team will give you insight on what they need from you. Find a coach or mentor to help you improve your soft skills.

What they say is true, it takes years to build a good reputation and an instant to ruin it. A good reputation is a valuable asset, particularly if it reflects your true character. It is worth taking some time to take an honest look at how others perceive you, focus on one or two key strengths and do the hard work to build the reputation that reflects you authentically.

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About Liza Wood

After a dozen years leading video game development projects in a variety of roles, I decided to pursue a Master of Data Science at the University of British Columbia. Studying data science doesn’t mean I’m moving away from leading people. Growing data science teams need collaborative, pragmatic, Agile leadership to connect data to all areas of the business. I would like to share that point of view, along with my experiences, on this blog.

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