Fence-Sitting Is No Longer an Option

Lead or Get Out of the Way. Simply Managing the Status Quo Is No Longer Acceptable.

People who play defense and avoid offense are nothing else than “leader-caretakers.” True leaders, despite the tumultuous times and forces swirling around them in this global age of disruption, constantly position themselves to boldly guide their organizations into the headwinds of change.

Outpacing change.

Leader-accelerators are the exceptional leaders of the 21st century. They think big and make great things happen in almost any circumstance. They are the “force-multipliers” and “architects” behind exceptional results.

The ability to survive, thrive and accelerate results, both individually and organizationally, is tied directly to the ability to outpace change in the external environment.

This truth is captured in two operating principles strongly at play in the modern marketplace.

  • The Today’s Age of Disruption principle: To win today, individuals and organizations must be able to change internally faster and more dynamically than the speed and magnitude of external change.
  • The Tomorrow’s Age of Disruption principle: To win tomorrow, individuals and organizations must create internal change capacity and capability faster than the rate of change projected to happen externally.

When the rate of change outside is more than what it is inside, be sure that the end is near. Irrelevance, and even extinction, is inevitable when leaders fail to heed age of disruption principles.

Thinking bigger.

As the world continues to spin at a faster rate, it is throwing off problems and opportunities at a higher rate in every days of our life. It is the leader-accelerators who can identify these problems and opportunities surrounding themselves and move forward with disruptive visions that can completely alter the landscape.

Today, simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable for anyone. Whatever you are planning, whatever you are thinking, think faster and think bigger.

Choosing your strategy.

Today’s business leaders would be wise to disrupt rather than be disrupted. For these leader-accelerators, the “Change Before You Have To” approach is a better strategy than the “Change Because You Need To” response. By being proactive, by taking control of whatever could be thrown at them or happened in the future help them to avoid playing the game of business as accidental victim.

In this world of constant global disruption, being a “Caretaking Leader”, “Fence sitting” no longer is a viable option. Simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable. Lead or Get Out of the Way. Simply managing the status quo is no longer acceptable. in today’s global economy, waiting for the winds to change or blow over, leaving everything the same as before is a recipe for disaster.

Lead or get out of the way.

Michel Ouellette JMD, ll.l, ll.m

Michel Ouellette JMD ll.l., ll.m.

Systemic Strategic Planning / Crisis & Reputation Management

Michel  is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Stop Dreaming!

Always guard your reputation, even with your life

In your quest for success and power, when you are first establishing it or restoring it, a good reputation, especially one of honesty, is a treasure to be carefully collected and protected. You must strictly defend and protect it; anticipating all eventual possible attacks, either from your rivals or enemies, safeguarding your reputation shall become your main priority.

Once your reputation is established and solid, just make sure not to let yourself get angry or defensive at any possible slanderous comments of your rivals or enemies. That would only reveal your insecurity, not confidence in your reputation. Instead, take the high road, maintain your position, ignore the slanderous and malicious attack and whatever you do, always make sure to never appear desperate in your self-defense.

On the other hand, while displaying self-confidence by taking the high road, this does not mean that you cannot retaliate. An attack on another man’s reputation will always prove to be an effective and potent weapon, particularly when you have less power than your enemy or rival does. Such a more powerful rival or enemy will always have much more to lose than you in a reputation battle. Your own thus-far-small reputation gives your rival or enemy a very small target when he tries to return the fire.

Before going after a more powerful rival or enemy, just make sure to understand and remember this: If you decide to retaliate, this approach must be practiced with skill; you must not seem to engage in petty vengeance. If you do not break your rival’s or enemy’s reputation cleverly, more than often, you may inadvertently ruin your own. Never go too far in attacks like these, for that will draw more attention to your own vengefulness than to the person or business you are slandering.

When your own reputation is firmly established, never use retaliation as a weapon or an answer to the slanderous or libelous attacks of your rivals and enemies. Instead, take the high road and use subtler tactics, such as satire and ridicule, to weaken your opponent, disperse the slanderous and defamatory, while making you out as a charming rogue.

Understand and always remember this: Today, whatever you do or intend to do, a good reputation is critical; appearances are critical and by not caring about how you are perceived, you let others decide this for you. Today more than ever, since we must live in society and must depend on the opinions of others and there is nothing to be gained by neglecting your reputation.

Whatever the situation or the circumstances, whatever you do or intend to do, be the master of your own fate: always make sure to maintain and guard your reputation with your life.

JMD

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Whatever You Do, Building Your Reputational Capital Is always a Must

In an increasingly crowded market, how can you stand apart and distinguish yourself? The answer: Building Reputational Capital.

What is reputational capital?

Reputational capital is the sum of how both your customers and employees perceive yourself and your business. It is a measure of your actions, their outcomes and how willing someone is to trust or help you.

“The best way to view reputational capital is as if it is a real-world currency.”

The best way to view reputational capital is as if it is a real-world currency.

Every positive action you take, every promise kept and every satisfied customer increases the value of your reputational capital. Conversely, every angry customer, broken promise and bad move you make depletes your reputational capital. Thus, as a business owner, you need to jealously guard and constantly build upon your reputational capital.

The more you develop this reputational capital, the more you will stand out and the more likely you are to build a successful business.

“A business with strong reputational capital is much better suited to weather a crisis or blatant mistake.”

Building reputational capital is a process that takes time. It does not happen overnight. Building a good reputation takes years, but it is worth the effort.

Conversely, while it may take years to accumulate a fair amount of reputational capital, there are some things you can do to hasten the process.

Behave ethically

Behaving ethically is a rule that should go without saying.

Acting ethically is both the morally correct thing to do and good for business. No one wants to work with a company that lies and steals. No one wants to work with people who cheat and behave opportunistically. No customer wants to purchase goods and services from a company that cheats its customers.

Deliver on your promises

It is not enough to simply behave ethically. One must also be able to deliver on their promises.

You can have the best products and services but if people do not get what they expect from you, it does not matter. Your brand needs to follow-through with everything it promises.

Every fulfilled promise represents a little bit more trust from your customers, and every broken promise takes away from your credibility and reputation.

“Establishing yourself as thought leader is one of the most effective ways to build your reputational capital.”

Establish thought leadership

Establishing yourself as thought leader is one of the most effective ways to build your reputational capital. Becoming a thought leader means that your peers and customers regard you as an expert in your field. Your voice is respected and your opinions matter.

One way to establish thought leadership is by interacting with your business community by writing articles and blog posts about your area of expertise. The more you get your voice out there, the more people will start to listen to you.

“Good business reputations are earned, not given.”

Although it takes time to build up reputational capital, time is not always on your side.

It is paramount that, as an entrepreneur, you take concerted steps towards building your reputation. Creating a strong and reliable reputation is an attainable goal for almost anyone willing to put in the time and effort.

JMD

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Michel Ouellette / Joseph Michael Dennis, is a former attorney, a Trial Scientist, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

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Do Not Jeopardize Your Reputation

Reputations are no longer built on a “Do What I Say, Not as I Do” mentality.

You take your careers very seriously. You pour a great deal of energy into cultivating your relationships and growing a network of professionals you either work with or hope to work with. You spend countless hours combing through your online resumes and profiles. You want to be taken seriously, to be considered credible and influential. You fine-tune your communication skills and polish your presence both, online and in person. But, what happens when you are off the clock?

How do you behave when you are out of the office?

Your reputation is built on you, both in and out of the office, both in person and online. Credibility is built on consistency and you can only be consistent in your behavior and actions when you are mindful every day and in every circumstance. There is always someone seeing you or watching you.

“Just because you sit behind a screen does not mean you are not seen”

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and company, all these online social media platforms create a way for you to communicate with those you want to be connected to. Your reach does not stop there. These mediums also communicate to the entire world who you are. Just because you sit behind a screen does not mean you are not seen. Today, more than ever, always be mindful of what you post online. Political commentary, strong opinions, excessive personal information and activities may cast our reputation in a negative light. Your posts and comments can be easily misconstrued.

If there is any doubt in your mind when writing a post, do not post it. If your posts are anything other than informative, educational or inspiring, if they fail to convey a message kindly, refrain from posting them and sharing them altogether.

“A good reputation, trust and credibility are built on consistency”

We all deserve to let our hair down when we step out of the office. However, always keep in mind that there is always someone seeing or watching you. You must always protect your personal and professional reputation. Behavior that causes others to question your persona authenticity can jeopardize your reputation.

A good reputation, trust and credibility are built on consistency. It is only when your behavior is consistent in and out of the office, that people will really trust you and believe that what they see is the real you. Always be mindful and know that everyone is everywhere.

“It is a small world; people talk, and others listen”

Your reputation is the result of the collective experiences and interactions you maintain with people outside of the office. How you communicate in and out of the office is what shapes your reputation, not the moments you are in the spotlight. If you fail to communicate with consistency, those you influence will fail to do so, too.

Today, even if they do not know them, when there is a decision to be made, most of the people will act upon the recommendation of others. People talk, and others listen. Whether during a high-stakes meeting or during a casual conversation, always be clear and concise. Focus on your body language and be an active, intentional listener. When you make others a priority, they will do the same for you and those who matter most to your success.

“In today’s world, there is no more such thing as privacy”

Our modern-day world does not allow us to compartmentalize our lives anymore. In this world of constant observation, our words and daily actions, all these things that build a reputation are broadcast for the world to see. Individual and professional reputations are no different than major corporations’ reputation.

Consider some highly regarded names, names like Buffet and Gates. They are consistent in their messaging and delivery. They walk their talk throughout all aspects of their brand. Their reputations are well managed.

The fact is, that you cannot manage your reputation through a one-time branding campaign. You must develop it through consistent behaviors that create trust in those who know and observe you. You cannot just say something is important; your actions must reflect it.

Reputations are no longer built on a “Do What I Say, Not as I Do” mentality.

Consistency is key to credibility.

JMD

J. Michael Dennis is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

Follow JMDlive on Twitter, Facebook, JMDlive.com, The Futurist Daily News, JMDsystemics.com, Bunkumless.com, SSTM.solutions and Tumblr.

Do Not Jeopardize Your Reputation

Reputations are no longer built on a “Do What I Say, Not as I Do” mentality.

You take your careers very seriously. You pour a great deal of energy into cultivating your relationships and growing a network of professionals you either work with or hope to work with. You spend countless hours combing through your online resumes and profiles. You want to be taken seriously, to be considered credible and influential. You fine-tune your communication skills and polish your presence both, online and in person. But, what happens when you are off the clock?

Your reputation is built on you, both in and out of the office, both in person and online. Credibility is built on consistency and you can only be consistent in your behavior and actions when you are mindful every day and in every circumstance. There is always someone seeing you or watching you.

“Just because you sit behind a screen does not mean you are not seen”

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and company, all these online social media platforms create a way for you to communicate with those you want to be connected to. Your reach does not stop there. These mediums also communicate to the entire world who you are. Just because you sit behind a screen does not mean you are not seen. Today, more than ever, always be mindful of what you post online. Political commentary, strong opinions, excessive personal information and activities may cast our reputation in a negative light. Your posts and comments can be easily misconstrued.

If there is any doubt in your mind when writing a post, do not post it. If your posts are anything other than informative, educational or inspiring, if they fail to convey a message kindly, refrain from posting them and sharing them altogether.

“A good reputation, trust and credibility are built on consistency”

We all deserve to let our hair down when we step out of the office. However, always keep in mind that there is always someone seeing or watching you. You must always protect your personal and professional reputation. Behavior that causes others to question your persona authenticity can jeopardize your reputation.

A good reputation, trust and credibility are built on consistency. It is only when your behavior is consistent in and out of the office, that people will really trust you and believe that what they see is the real you. Always be mindful and know that everyone is everywhere.

“It is a small world; people talk, and others listen”

Your reputation is the result of the collective experiences and interactions you maintain with people outside of the office. How you communicate in and out of the office is what shapes your reputation, not the moments you are in the spotlight. If you fail to communicate with consistency, those you influence will fail to do so, too.

Today, even if they do not know them, when there is a decision to be made, most of the people will act upon the recommendation of others. People talk, and others listen. Whether during a high-stakes meeting or during a casual conversation, always be clear and concise. Focus on your body language and be an active, intentional listener. When you make others a priority, they will do the same for you and those who matter most to your success.

“In today’s world, there is no more such thing as privacy”

Our modern-day world does not allow us to compartmentalize our lives anymore. In this world of constant observation, our words and daily actions, all these things that build a reputation are broadcast for the world to see. Individual and professional reputations are no different than major corporations’ reputation.

Consider some highly regarded names, names like Buffet and Gates. They are consistent in their messaging and delivery. They walk their talk throughout all aspects of their brand. Their reputations are well managed.

The fact is, that you cannot manage your reputation through a one-time branding campaign. You must develop it through consistent behaviors that create trust in those who know and observe you. You cannot just say something is important; your actions must reflect it.

Reputations are no longer built on a “Do What I Say, Not as I Do” mentality.

Consistency is key to credibility.

JMD

J. Michael Dennis is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense and Free Speech.

Follow JMDlive on Twitter, Facebook, JMDlive.com, The Futurist Daily News, JMDsystemics.com, Bunkumless.com, SSTM.solutions and Tumblr.

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Fightback, Protect Your Reputation

 

Fightback. Join the revolution now

Lately, our right to privacy and maintaining our reputation seems to be an uphill battle.

The general disregard towards our right to protect our privacy and reputation is challenge as never before compared to any of the past generations.

Safeguarding our privacy and reputation is nothing about having something to hide. Privacy is about something to protect. Today, our reputation is who we are. That is what we believe in, what people believe in and who you want to become.

Privacy is the right to one self. It is what gives us the ability to share with the world who we are, on our own terms, for people to understand what we are trying to be. Without privacy, without a good reputation, we lose the ability to be ourselves.

The right to privacy is the source, the quintessence of all other rights.

Freedom of speech doesn’t have a lot of meaning if it is depriving us or anyone of a quiet space to decide what it is that you actually want to say or do and this last year was an unfathomable blow to the case of personal and public privacy.

People and Institutions are falling from the skies like dead flies. This is the result of a broken legal system, using the internet to destroy lives and reputations. Phones at sexual assault hotlines all over the world are ringing off the hooks, organizations are scrambling for help and media love it.

With the aggressive and increasing rapid demise of our basic rights to privacy in plain sight, it would be careless for anyone to only rely on businesses or governments to protect oneself. It is now up to each one of us to do whatever is necessary to protect our way of life and prevent anonymity in public to become a thing of the past.

JMD

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 J. Michael Dennis is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense & Free Speech, The Ultimate Fixer helping you achieve greatness.

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