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How to build a great reputation

As you embark on your professional journey, one thing becomes clear. Building a solid reputation with your colleagues is a key ingredient for success.

Believing you’re good at your job is great, but having your colleagues realise your value is even better!

So let’s explore the art of crafting your professional persona and leave a lasting positive impression.

#1: Master the 80/20 rule

Have you ever heard of the 80/20 rule?

That 80% of all our results in business and in life stem from a mere 20% of our efforts.

Focus on the tasks that yield the greatest results. Strive for quality over quantity and invest your time and energy wisely.

#2: It’s a team sport

Engage in team projects with enthusiasm and a cooperative mindset.

It’s about being a team player, so leverage your strengths and actively contribute to achieve collective goals.

People remember if you’re easy to work with, and they talk. So make sure they’ll say how good you are.

#3: Keep up the comms

Express your thoughts and ideas clearly and confidently.

Practice active listening to understand and empathize with your colleagues. Remember, you’re not a robot, so be caring and give your full attention when someone’s speaking to you.

Lastly, share updates, progress, and challenges proactively to maintain transparency. Remember, 80/20.

#4: Be reliable

Do these 3 simple things:

  1. Honour your commitments and meet deadlines consistently.
  2. Be punctual, organized, and prepared for meetings and assignments.
  3. Display a positive attitude, even during challenging times.

#5: Keep on growing

There’s always more knowledge and skills for you to learn, so show eagerness to learn and improve.

If an opportunity for personal development arises (and you have the capacity), grab it.

And when possible, seek feedback from colleagues and supervisors to keep yourself accountable. Because we can all get a little lazy sometimes.

#6: Build lasting relationships

Build meaningful connections with your colleagues. Show a genuine interest in them as a person.

Always offer support, encouragement, and assistance when needed and celebrate the successes of your teammates. As mentioned, it’s a team sport, so always acknowledge their contributions.

#7: Attitude is everything

Maintain a positive attitude and approach challenges with resilience.

People notice someone’s attitude. Make sure yours is noticed for the right reasons.


  1. Master the 80/20 rule
  2. Be a team player
  3. Keep up the comms
  4. Be reliable
  5. Keep on growing
  6. Build lasting relationships
  7. Attitude is everything

By investing in your work, collaborating effectively, and embodying professionalism, you’re on your way to building an exceptional reputation with your colleagues.

Remember, greatness doesn’t happen overnight, but with the right attitude and drive, you’ll stand out as a reliable, skilled, and respected team member.

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