Almost EXACTLY twenty years ago, I burned a bridge that blew up my personal brand since I didn’t take personal accountability. Not a literal bridge (although my family probably wouldn’t be surprised since I LOVE to play with fire), but a figurative bridge at work leaving a company early in my career. How?
The Wrong Way To Go
Well, I sent my resignation to the entire C-Suite David Letterman style! Now I’m aging myself, but humor me as it went something like this…
I’m leaving the organization due poor management practices and a laundry list of transgressions. Here is a myriad of reasons for you to consider:
10 – Financial Instability
9 – Inequitable Pay
2 – Lack of Leadership
1 – Poor Communication and Teamwork
Obviously, this wasn’t received well, and it took IT support staff less than 20 seconds to disable my account. OOPS! I was mad and I wanted to highlight what was taking place in the organization. Yeah, I did that, but I was escorted out of the building in less than 30 minutes from pressing send. GAH!
How to Fix It
So, how do you recover and rebuild your brand after a mishap (big or small)?
- Accept responsibility, own your behavior and apologize
- Explain your error in judgment
- Learn from your mistakes and start the repair work
Are there any lessons you have learned in the personal branding space?
Reply to firstname.lastname@example.org and let me know. 😊
Want More Info?
Check out these resources:
How to Repair Your Personal Brand (5 minutes) https://www.flexjobs.com/blog/post/how-to-repair-your-personal-brand/
Repairing Your Personal Brand (6 minutes)
Your Brand – Protect it Before You Have to Repair it (45 minutes)
Let’s have a conversation, just you and me! You can schedule a time here. There is no cost. This is not a sales call masquerading as a strategy call. I just want to support you. The topic is up to you.