10.5.20

On Being Reputable

“It takes twenty years to build a reputation and five minutes to ruin it.” – Warren Buffet

“Live in such a way that if someone spoke badly about you, no one would believe it.” – Zig Ziglar

In this installment of our Core Values series, we’ll discuss our thoughts on being reputable and how we tie that into everything we do at Henry A. Davidsen.

Reputation, Image, & Our Company

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“Honest Abe” had a reputation that preceded him.

A reputation can be a valuable asset that serves you well. It can also be a liability that hinders your success. As reputation and image are closely interlinked, we think that cultivating a solid, positive reputation is crucial in projecting a positive image. In fact, this ties in directly with our company’s namesake and why we chose it as our name in the first place.

Henry A. Davidsen is not just a nice-sounding name we picked out of a hat. He was an actual person we refer to on our company page, a young captain in Norway’s Merchant Marines who went on to be knighted.

Why did we select his name for our firm? In his social and business circles, he was known for being meticulous about the details of his clothing, behavior, and overall presentation. In other words, he cultivated a reputation for having an eye for even the most minute detail, and this reputation preceded him wherever he went.

It’s our goal to help our clients develop a similar reputation for themselves. We work to achieve this through meticulous attention to detail when we work with you, and also through some other characteristics which we talk about below.

Cultivating a Good Reputation

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Mr. Hanks is an example of a man with a sterling reputation.

We don’t mean to beat a dead horse, but reputation matters. To be reputable, one must inherently embody core principles, some of which are:

  • Integrity & honesty: We pride ourselves on being transparent in every way, every day.
  • Reliability, credibility, & trustworthiness: If you say you’re going to do something, do it. Be punctual. Say what you mean, and mean what you say.
  • Respect: Respect for others is paramount to building a good reputation. Respecting yourself, physically, mentally, and emotionally, is how we’re able to respect others.
  • Excellence: Be the best at what you do. If you’re not the best, work towards that goal.

We strive to embody these principles every day, and it’s our aim to help our clients cultivate these principles in themselves.

How A Bad Reputation Can Hurt You

A good reputation can open doors that lead to personal and professional success. On the other hand, a bad reputation will ensure that those doors stay closed. What’s worse, you may not even be aware that those doors existed in the first place.

A bad reputation can leave you stuck where you are. A good one can give you paths to development and growth.

Further Reading

We take our reputation seriously, as should we all. Ready to take control of your image? Give us a call at 215-310-0219 or email at info@henrydavidsen.com. In the meantime, enjoy these other style and image posts:

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