Posted by on Nov 1, 2006 in Success!Ezine For You



E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Original Copyright © 2006

Be professional. Your reputation is only as good as your performance, so expect to lose credibility and stature when you fail to carry out tasks and responsibilities as promised. Colleagues and clients need to feel that they can count on you and, if they can’t, do them a favor — be candid and let them know.

  • Acknowledge Your Limitations

Don’t take on more than you can handle. It may make you feel good to volunteer to head up a project or to take on a challenge in order to impress your boss. But, if you really don’t know what you’re doing or don’t actually have the time to do a good job– say so. People respect you more for acknowledging that you lack a certain skill, need more training, or can’t give the project the full time and attention it deserves because of competing activities.

  • Be Responsible

If you take on a task, be responsible in carrying it out to its completion or see that someone else takes care of it for you. No one likes a slacker. As a professional, you are expected to follow through so when you say you will do something – do it! Excuses peg you as a lightweight and the failure to keep your word only draws unflattering, negative attention. Following through means that you might be up late at night responding to e-mail, initiating or returning calls, even if only to voice mail, but at least you demonstrate that you are conscientious and respect your clients and colleagues.

  • Just Say “No”

If you know that you have absolutely no intention of doing something but keep saying that you will — you are being dishonest and need to stop this. Just say “no”. People understand that we can’t always take on a task or that sometimes we just don’t want to. Better to be respected for your honesty than to be scorned and viewed as incompetent.

  • Own Up to Your Mistakes

When you do let others down or make some big mistake – acknowledge that you messed up. Things happen. We’re not perfect all the time. Generally, people are quick to forgive and will move on. But don’t make a habit of this. You need to learn from these mistakes and try harder to avoid letting down the “team” in the future.

It’s important to carry yourself as a professional. Your credentials mean nothing if you’re unreliable and can’t be counted on. Credibility, competency, and trustworthiness are invaluable and can’t be faked – at least not for long. Do the work necessary to boost your reputation as a professional. Be a winner.


About the Author:

Dr. E. Carol Webster is a clinical psychologist consultant in Fort Lauderdale, FL.
She is author of the book for those dealing with the stress of success ―
Success Management: How to Get to the Top and Keep Your Sanity Once You Get There,

The Fear of Success: Stop It From Stopping You! ―
the book to help you overcome fears that may be holding you back in your life and career
The Private Practice of Clinical Psychology in: Voices of Historical & Contemporary Black American Pioneers
To contact Dr. Webster visit online at or call 954.797.9766.

E. Carol Webster, Ph.D.
Clinical Psychology Consulting
Mailing Address: 7027 West Broward Boulevard, #262  Fort Lauderdale, FL 33317

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