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The Truth About Getting the Best from People, Second Edition by Martha I. Finney

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Truth 15. Your career can recover from an engagement hit

The success record of your career path over time is tracked in two ways. The first is your resumé. The second is your reputation. Although it’s definitely not advised to fake your resumé, it’s done all the time. Even famously. And those who are found out seem to be tripped up for only a split second. Then they move on.

It’s not so easy to fake your reputation. When you screw up in a big way as a manager, word is going to get around. Let’s face it. People like to talk. And they especially like to forewarn. So when people say, “Your reputation precedes you,” they’re not kidding.

But you’re also human. So you’re going to make leadership mistakes. When you’re a manager, you are on a steep learning ...

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