Wednesday, February 13, 2019

Episode 64: Reputation Is Everything

Henry Russell Sanders, the UCLA football coach, once said, "Winning isn't everything; it's the only thing." The same could be said for reputation, whether it's your personal reputation or the reputation of your company.

What do we need to do to ensure our reputation isn't tarnished? At the turn of the last century, a well-heeled woman who wanted to retain her socialite status had to think twice before she asked for a divorce. One in particular endured a very public spectacle, but emerged not only with her reputation in tact, but in a position to advise others.

Ultimately, character (or, in business terms, culture) plays an oversized role in the building and keeping of our reputation.

"Associate with men of good quality if you esteem your own reputation."
– George Washington

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Incidental music: Ragtime Dance by Scott Joplin (1899)
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Image credit: The Valley of Wyoming by Jasper Francis Cropsey, 1865 (The Met, public domain)

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