Reputation – it takes seconds to loose it.

Hassenfeld grew Hasbro's reputation

Alan Hassenfeld - former CEO, Hasbro

Alan Hassenfeld – former CEO of Hasbro was a recent guest speaker at Brandeis University International Business School near Boston. Under his leadership, Hasbro became the worldwide leader in children’s and family entertainment. It’s brands and products are some of the most recognisable and respected throughout the world.

“It takes a lifetime to build reputation and seconds to destroy it”.

There are many examples of brands, companies, people who are respected and instantly recognisable.  And there are many respected, reputable people or organisations that find themselves “flavour of the month” one week and a “bitter taste” the next.

Here in London, we have the highly respected London School of Economics.  It has had many eminent Directors, the most recent being Sir Howard Davies.  But Libya has put paid to its reputation and that of Sir Howard.  Gaddafi‘s son, Saif, studied at the LSE.  Sir Howard, at the behest of the UK Government, advised the Libyan government.  And now it’s reputation lies in ruins.  Read more here.

And what about you?  What about me?  Whether we like it or not, we all have a reputation.  It may not be grand, or public, but within our sphere of influence, we have established a reputation. Has it been a reputation that you have sought to bring about, or one that has occurred naturally?  Is your reputation linked to what you do, or who you are?

Reputations are built.  I want my reputation to be built on trust, honesty and integrity.  May I live in trust, honesty and integrity every day.

What are the building blocks of your reputation?

Is your reputation linked to what you do, or who you are?

If you were a fly on the wall, what would others be saying about ?

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About katehobbs

Mother to two who are now independant and living away from home. Wife to Steve, for the last 26yrs and looking forward to many more years. I have enjoyed 18 months in the Okanagan, something that I have longed to have the opportunity to do for a while. Living a dream, you could say. Now, I am interning with Living Waters Canada based in Vancouver until end of April 2013. I love to grow my own food - it tastes so much better. I also build up, train and encourage others to achieve more than they thought possible.
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