Olympic Lessons for the Workplace
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Today’s Olympic Nugget: Never forget that you are always representing something bigger than you. Greek triple jumper Voula Papachristou is learning this one the hard way. She made a few racist remarks via Twitter that went viral, and she has been expelled from competing in the Olympic Games.
No matter what you do for a living, you are a part of something that is either an extension of you or bigger than you. How you behave, interact, present yourself, etc. to others and the world has ripple effects that will affect your company, your brand, your clients, and your family.
Even to preface something with the phrase, “I only speak for myself,” can influence what others think about your brand, company, or others associated with you. It calls for awareness and careful consideration of how you present yourself in the workplace, social situations, and online. If this weren’t true, employers wouldn’t try to screen potential hires via Facebook.
Who is affected by how you represent yourself? Whose reputation affects you?