Work on your Reputation

 A good way of examining the current state of your reputation is to do the following:

  • Examine what is expected of a high performer at your level in your firm and how well you match up.

  • Consider the recurring messages you get from your appraisals and formal or informal feedback.

  • Ask your sponsoring partner, line manager or mentor what others say about you when you are not in the room.


Once you have identified that there is a problem, you need to decide whether this is worth fixing. I.e. What is the extent of the problem? Could this derail your chances of making partner? For example, if you are getting regular feedback from more than a couple of partners that you are very unlikely to make partner in this firm, it’s time to consider increasing your employability so you can move firms. If the problem is limited to just one or two people, and as long as these are not people like your sponsoring partner or your firm’s managing partner, then it is probably worth investing in mending your reputation.

When it comes to fixing your reputation, you need to understand what behaviours you need to eliminate and what you need to replace them with. At the same time, it is worth understanding what has prompted these behaviours or reputation in the first place. Has it come about because of how you work? Or whether the way you work fits your particular firm? A good way to understand this is by getting plenty of feedback. When you examine that feedback carefully, also ask yourself, ‘Am I in the right place?’ You will never be able to be at your best if the way you normally work or want to work is counter-cultural for your firm


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