Every now and then it bites us in the back side, and when it does we are often upset that we are being judged unfairly but it is our reputation so we have to take responsibility for it both personally and professionally.
Today more than ever those two reputations have a tendency to run together. There was a time that your private life was private or stayed within a very small community of people who knew you.
Not true today, millions of people are on at least one social networking sights and often on multiple sights such as Linkedin, Facebook, Twitter and Blogs. Not including all of the information that can be found out about a person by simply Googling their names. It is harder than ever to protect our reputation personally and professionally.
Today more than every it is imperative that you manage your reputation. Be cautious about what you post online, be aware of what others are posting about you and your business. If you are not on Facebook, Twitter, or other sites, then you need to find a way of monitoring these sights. You can destroy your reputation, but it can also be destroyed by others. Do you know what is being said to you and about you?
I know of many examples where friends have been denied a job based on information the employer has gotten via the internet, and business has been lost because the business owner has taken some very controversial stands in a very public way,
It is your reputation, hard to build, easy to destroy. What are you doing to protect it?