LEADER’S FIELD GUIDE
Talk about reputation! Recently, a fellow consultant was assigned to a new project. During his formal introduction to a room full of former colleagues, a woman leapt from her chair and yelled, “David!” The structured meeting gave way to a huddle of hugs and hearty handshakes. One man, exclaimed, “You don’t even know me, but I have heard your voice on conference calls. It is truly a pleasure to meet you!” David’s excellent reputation was intact after seven years!
Of course, bad reputations are easier to come by. One unacknowledged shortcoming can ruin a pristine reputation. Building an excellent reputation takes time. It is consistent behavior and character that lends itself to a great deal respect and admiration (in order of importance):
- Maintain Integrity: At all costs, it is imperative to be known as the one who will always do right by people.
- Contribute High-Value: Quality work and communication requires effort and dedication; it is worthless without #1.
- Deliver Timely Results: Once a commitment is made, keep it; though timelines may be renegotiated, that should be rare.
- Anticipate Real Needs: Hear what is said and what is not said; respond to subtle changes in messages and expectations.
- Make Honest Mistakes: Admit to errors quickly, fix the problem, and explain what will be done to prevent it in the future.
So, how is your reputation? Using the list above and a scale of 1 – 5 (1 = never, 5 = always), can you give yourself a total score of 20 or higher? Those with scores of 23 and up are the ones that get huddles of hugs and hearty handshakes after seven years. They are the ones that outplay other big wigs (known only for their titles and power). They are the ones who have earned (not manufactured) a great deal of respect and admiration.
You should want a good name more than you want great riches. To be highly respected is better than having silver or gold. ~Proverbs 22:1 NIRV
Join a Synergy Group where we will discuss what the Bible says about Reputation Management.
|ABOUT THE AUTHOR: Michelle Sugerman, an Executive Business Consultant with Leading Synergies, helps high-performing executives refine strategy, inspire teams, and delight clients (specializing in information technology, project management, consulting, and franchise management). She also leads Synergy Groups, weekly 55-minute virtual business mastermind calls for REALLY BUSY Christians in leadership. Michelle lives in Colorado where she hikes fourteeners and enjoys gourmet meals with her loving husband of 20 years.|
SYNERGY GROUP MEETING
Welcome (~5 Minutes)
At the beginning of each meeting:
- Open in prayer to get focused.
- Welcome new guest(s) to the Synergy Group.
- Provide short introductions (end with guests).
- Share a brief summary of high-points from the Leader’s Field Guide (above).
Leadership (~15 Minutes | 00:05)
Be prepared to share from professional experience and ask follow-up questions.
- Describe a person or organization that has a great reputation? What especially impresses you?
- Which of the ‘reputation builders’ (maintain integrity, contribute high-value, deliver timely results, anticipate real needs, and make honest mistakes) is most difficult? Which is the easiest?
Spiritual Growth (~15 Minutes | 00:20)
Apply Biblically-based and Christ-centered principles to your work and responsibilities.
- Read Proverbs 27:2: “Let another person praise you, and not your own mouth. Let an outsider praise you, and not your own lips.” (NIRV)
- As believers, how do we balance this verse with formally marketing our businesses or ministries?
- What specific actions can you take to practice Proverbs 27:2?
Praise, Prayer, & Goal (~15 Minutes | 00:35)
Discuss recent successes and current business needs. Share what you are grateful for and request insight, collaboration, or help with accountability. Include a goal for next week based on your discoveries today! Prayer is an important part of seeking him first (Matthew 6:33). Some groups share a list after each meeting; then update one another throughout the week! Pray together now and for each other during the week.
Networking (~5 Minutes | 00:50)
Share announcements and make professional connections. You are invited to connect via LinkedIn and offline, too!
Challenge (At Home)
This upcoming week, strengthen your relationship by reading about, praying with, and listening to God.
- Read Proverbs 22:1: “You should want a good name more than you want great riches. To be highly respected is better than having silver or gold.” (NIRV)
- Review your answers to Question #3.
- In your own words, what does it mean to have a ‘good name’ and to be ‘highly respected’?
- How important is your reputation to God? Why?
- Pray about your reputation and ask God to help you with any new practices you identified.
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