Self Awareness Is About Other Awareness.
Greatness requires self-awareness. People who understand themselves, what motivates them, their unique qualities and bugs will be successful, and we can take help from our professional surroundings. Eric Schmidt, former CEO of Google said that it’s others that know our strengths best. It’s others that value us, recommend us, applaud us, spread our messages or hire us. Your reputation is in the eyes of the beholder and is the best measure of your talents, and it captures your potential.
We are surprisingly bad at seeing ourselves, our strengths and bugs as others see them. The question that arises is who does know us best, and my answer will be the same as Eric’s - others.
I think it’s time to replace the word Self Awareness with Other Awareness. My overall impression after working with so many individuals around their reputation is that a huge majority aren’t aware of their unique qualities and if your knowledge of your reputation is a bit blurry the consequence is that the expectations of what you can accomplish will also be a blurry or even small. This will without any doubt limit your professional journey substantially.
Your reputation is the most important part that you bring from deal to deal, from project to project and how you act is always the multiplier. One thing that I initially had a hard time to accept was that I don't own my reputation since it's how others are perceiving my actions. What I quickly realized was that I can influence it in significant ways by my commitment to regularly raise the bar of my performance and to always keep that in mind.
5 Ways To Reputation Mastery.
I often have the privilege to be interviewed for different articles or pods, and the last question is almost always - could you give three or five pieces of advice to the readers or listeners how to build reputation mastery. So here are five that are quick to read but take the time to master.
Realize that Self Awareness is Other Awareness.
Those who understand themselves, what motivates them, their unique qualities and bugs will be successful, but we need help from our professional surroundings. We are surprisingly bad at seeing ourselves, our strengths and flaws as others see them. The question that arises is who knows us best, and my answer will be - others. Your reputation is in the eyes of the beholder and is the best measure of your talents and captures your potential.
Invest in exploring your reputation.
Knowing your reputation is crucial knowledge and the foundation for your success, and it's an excellent idea to have it analyzed by experts. It will cost some money, but so will cutting your hair or having a massage and I assure you that it will be the best investment that you ever make. When you get acquainted with your perceived strengths, let them be your main development area.
Reputation is what people expect you to accomplish next and how you will do it, which is the reason why you’re being hired. Let’s face it; people will buy from you, work with you, invest in you and hire you based on your professional reputation and the expectations that it kicks off. It goes far beyond introducing your expertise, credentials, and history.
Release the Beta version of you turning your weaknesses into bugs.
We can learn from apps. Most mornings you see those red dots indicating that they have been updated being released in a Beta version. It’s time to release the Beta version of you and eliminate the word weakness from your vocabulary and replace it with bugs. Some bugs you can live with, some needs to be updated and some you should put on your To Don’t list to get rid of over time. Build on your strengths, handle your bugs and consider what is missing - what can you add to create something unique.
Reputation builds on performance and commitment.
Reputation always relies on performance, not what you say about yourself. To have an ambition is rather weak, it’s like wishing. Instead, make a commitment on what you want to accomplish and go for it. We always hear this discussion going on about average, god enough or excellent work. Instead, consider when you’re proud of your results since this will set the right level for you.
Reputation Is A Game Changer.
I read the following on The Gigster Blog:
“There are many types of currency in Silicon Valley. Money, talent and media attention all matter but by far the most important asset you can build is your reputation.”
This is not the case only in Silicon Valley, it’s everywhere.
It’s crucial for every company.
It’s crucial for you and me.
It’s a game changer.
Your reputation is everything. It’s the one thing that everything else in your professional life revolves around.
I have been working with reputation for many years and if you are curious about what I have written during the years you will find my blog archive here.
I will continue to write on this site and I hope that you will find it interesting. We are in a reputation economy and reputation is crucial for every company and it’s a game-changer for every individual. I want to take reputation from being interesting to being necessary since your future success is depending upon it.
Are You Ready For The Reputation Challenge?
In today’s competitive market, you have to take every possibility to find the things that are unique about you and make you stand out. The thing is to focus on is the future rather than on your history. With a distinct focus on your reputation you will get attention on what you can accomplish. Living up to it will build trust and it unlocks the mind about your potential.
Reputation is not a communication issue, instead, it means focusing on your performance. Your actions and how they are perceived lay the foundations of your reputation and the level of success in your business and professional life. It’s what sends clients your way or to someone else’s doorstep.
Are you ready for the challenge?