A Bit Scared Of Finding Out Your Reputation?

One common reaction that I meet when it comes to exploring your professional reputation is that it feels a bit ”creepy.”

I can understand the feeling since I’ve been through the process myself. But, if you’re a bit scared of finding out your reputation then it’s the time to do it since your success is depending on it. Then you’ll have the tremendous opportunity to build on your perceived strengths, handle your bugs and consider what’s missing.

It’s an exciting process.

A New Professional Dimension

I meet many consultants and entrepreneurs who talk about rebooting their business looking for new ways to show their real value to attract new clients or investors. Knowing your reputation will address this issue since it sums up your actions the last years, it indicates how good you are and sets the expectations of what you can accomplish.

What keeps surprising me is that we don’t pay more attention to our unique qualities than we do. It’s about those soft skills that Tom Peters calls the actual hard skills, which create results. Seth Godin calls them real skills, not soft – without them, nothing much happens. It’s time to unlock the power of reputation, get to know your real skills and realize what you can accomplish.

Never before has so much been written about reputation in the press and the trends aren't going to reverse - on the contrary. Most experts agree that reputation is the best measure of talents and I agree with them. What a glorious opportunity this is for all of you who want to challenge traditional ways to stand out. It’s about taking your business or career to the next professional level.

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.

Expectations Rule.

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.


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