• Dave McGuire

Tips to Build Workplace Credibility

The Clarksvillian

Credibility is strictly about being taken seriously and valued as a trustworthy source. I recently asked a friend for feedback regarding their reputation among peers and vendors. The conversation was an honest review touching on the areas below. What would your conversation include?

Always Give Earned Credit

When a project or idea has been successfully rolled out, and you have not benefited, give credit. Give specific credit to those deserving and move on to other things. Becoming territorial, judgmental, and holding back future ideas will only leave you feeling unsatisfied. Learn and apply your future relationship lessons as future tools to surround yourself with strong networks.

Be an Introduction

Every day, think of people you might introduce. Those introductions would be intended as a way of providing each of them with another resource to better themselves. You do not have to be in the middle of discussions or even the relationship. Let them benefit from their own mutual experiences and/or skill sets. You will receive benefits at a future time further down the road.

Be Worthy

When you bring honesty to work, you gain credibility. Workplace credibility is not as common as we may assume. Rightly or wrongly, people make promises they just do not or cannot support. If you work honesty into your value system, you will quickly experience how credibility will soar. Say what you mean and mean what you say and see how people begin to respect your frankness. All the payroll in the world cannot buy a respectable person's belief, or disbelief, if your credibility.

Control Your Anger

In many global philosophies, you will find anger is considered dishonesty. Perfection is not a fair expectation of ourselves, and neither is applying it to those around us. The next time you lose control of your anger make a note of it. Take notice of how it negatively affects your environment and how relationship rebuilding becomes a newly added heavy burden to carry. Deal with the issues honestly and fairly. That is where your relationships will blossom.

Do Not Lead a Double Life

If you want co-workers and associates to trust you, then be consistent. The only opportunity you will have to share substantive information is when mutual trust and respect are earned within a relationship. Invest and enjoy the rewards.

Knock Off the Gossip

Speak as if the subject will always hear what you are saying. Do not lead a double life and get stuck in the mud with explanations about conversations and rumors.

Make Other People Look Good

Acknowledge even the smallest of accomplishments. Do not be the person who refuses to give credit to others. We all know everyone wants acknowledgment for doing a good job and practicing strong effort. Trust that your efforts will be noticed by those around without throwing your shoulder out of the socket patting yourself on the back. Your co-workers will appreciate it and you will sleep better at night.

Say It, Mean It

It is an honorable goal to be the person that always keeps their word. Those small acts of respect will quickly set you apart from other people. If a timeline or commitment is missed, own it. Explain the scheduling error and focus on tightening your schedule to eliminate future occurrences.

Stop Using Excuses

It is best to learn from our failures and use those experiences as foundations for success. Excuses can be easy lies to explain failures. Remember, you are not perfect, systems/processes may fail and/or your human links may be just that – "human". Openness about the issues is often the quickest solution in both the short and long terms.

Take the Blame

It is often easy to avoid the experience of tough conversations after you have made a mistake. That avoidance seems justified, right? Just a little? In truth, it undermines the trust in relationships. Building your reputation on trust is one of the most difficult, and time-consuming, projects of your career. If you make a mistake, own it.

This article is an excerpt taken from the book "The Two Hour Mentor", by David M. McGuire.