Was 2013 a bad year for your credibility rating? If you’re honest, you might have to admit to a slip-up or two. (Maybe not on par with the most notorious celebrities and politicians, but bad enough!) Perhaps you were late more times than you would like to admit, you missed several deadlines, you told a few white lies to clients, and somehow you turned into one of the office’s top gossips. There may even have been a couple of bigger transgressions: like promising to increase your sales by 50 percent and then coming in way under the mark (tanking your department in the eyes of the higher-ups).
Is it too late to redeem yourself?
Probably not, say Julie Miller and Brian Bedford, coauthors of “Culture Without Accountability—WTF? What’s the Fix?” Chances are you haven’t hit the credibility point of no return just yet—but salvaging your image requires making a herculean effort to be more accountable in 2014.
Here, Miller and Bedford share a tip to help you repair your credibility after it has taken a hit:
Credibility Repair #3: Tell the truth. Remember those little white lies you told to get out of a commitment (“Oh, that email must have gotten lost in my spam folder!”) or those misleading statements you made that contained enough truth to sound legitimate?
“Do that too often, and you’ll become known as someone whose word isn’t worth much,” comments Bedford. “Telling the truth can be hard, but it’s always worth it in the long haul.”