How Will This Be Interpreted?

People are going to think what they want when they want.  It’s inevitable.  But you have some control over how much of a spin can be put on a story.

Do the decisions you make while in a position of leadership appear to have your own interests at the center?  Can you speak to your motivation for making a decision without skirting the truth?

If you have to think about how to explain a choice that won’t make people question your integrity, maybe you should reevaluate what you’re doing.

So, every time you make a decision, ask yourself “How will this be interpreted?” Think hard and be honest with yourself.  Because, as my (and probably your) grandma always said, “It takes years to develop a solid reputation, but it only takes one bad decision to ruin it.”

 

Make professional development a priority.

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