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Long-running issues with privacy and integrity came to a head in Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis.

In the social media world, the pace of change has always been brisk. But 2018 marked a true inflection point. Long-running issues with privacy and integrity came to a head in Facebook’s Cambridge Analytica crisis: “Users began to question the value networks provide and seek more meaningful ways to engage.”

Against this backdrop, intimate new social media formats have risen for connecting and sharing content. A radically new social paradigm is emerging: “Consumers want to be treated like individuals, not demographics.”

Consumers are now demanding more value in exchange for their time and information.

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Reputations are no longer built on a “Do What I Say, Not as I Do” mentality.

You take your careers very seriously. You pour a great deal of energy into cultivating your relationships and growing a network of professionals you either work with or hope to work with. You spend countless hours combing through your online resumes and profiles. You want to be taken seriously, to be considered credible and influential. You fine-tune your communication skills and polish your presence both, online and in person. But, what happens when you are off the clock?

Your reputation is built on you, both in and out of the office, both in person and online. Credibility is built on consistency and you can only be consistent in your behavior and actions when you are mindful every day and in every circumstance. There is always someone seeing you or watching you.

“Just because you sit behind a screen does not mean you are not seen”

Facebook, Instagram, Twitter and company, all these online social media platforms create a way for you to communicate with those you want to be connected to. Your reach does not stop there. These mediums also communicate to the entire world who you are. Just because you sit behind a screen does not mean you are not seen. Today, more than ever, always be mindful of what you post online. Political commentary, strong opinions, excessive personal information and activities may cast our reputation in a negative light. Your posts and comments can be easily misconstrued.

If there is any doubt in your mind when writing a post, do not post it. If your posts are anything other than informative, educational or inspiring, if they fail to convey a message kindly, refrain from posting them and sharing them altogether.

“A good reputation, trust and credibility are built on consistency”

We all deserve to let our hair down when we step out of the office. However, always keep in mind that there is always someone seeing or watching you. You must always protect your personal and professional reputation. Behavior that causes others to question your persona authenticity can jeopardize your reputation.

A good reputation, trust and credibility are built on consistency. It is only when your behavior is consistent in and out of the office, that people will really trust you and believe that what they see is the real you. Always be mindful and know that everyone is everywhere.

“It is a small world; people talk, and others listen”

Your reputation is the result of the collective experiences and interactions you maintain with people outside of the office. How you communicate in and out of the office is what shapes your reputation, not the moments you are in the spotlight. If you fail to communicate with consistency, those you influence will fail to do so, too.

Today, even if they do not know them, when there is a decision to be made, most of the people will act upon the recommendation of others. People talk, and others listen. Whether during a high-stakes meeting or during a casual conversation, always be clear and concise. Focus on your body language and be an active, intentional listener. When you make others a priority, they will do the same for you and those who matter most to your success.

“In today’s world, there is no more such thing as privacy”

Our modern-day world does not allow us to compartmentalize our lives anymore. In this world of constant observation, our words and daily actions, all these things that build a reputation are broadcast for the world to see. Individual and professional reputations are no different than major corporations’ reputation.

Consider some highly regarded names, names like Buffet and Gates. They are consistent in their messaging and delivery. They walk their talk throughout all aspects of their brand. Their reputations are well managed.

The fact is, that you cannot manage your reputation through a one-time branding campaign. You must develop it through consistent behaviors that create trust in those who know and observe you. You cannot just say something is important; your actions must reflect it.

Reputations are no longer built on a “Do What I Say, Not as I Do” mentality.

Consistency is key to credibility.

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From now on, woe betide the party that having attested to the character and probity of its candidates, politicians and staff, is revealed to have been conned or simply been sloppy in its vetting. The political pain will be far worse than the earlier discomfort of often humiliating intense investigation of candidates.

In days gone by, political candidate vetting was never a very rigorous process. If you had a union leader, heart surgeon or hockey star as a good prospect, you really did not want to know anything else about the past of this political candidate. Unless you were very unlucky, past events or incidents of his or her life such as criminal conviction of any kind, spousal abuse, adultery or child molestation were unlikely to ever emerge.

Back then, the final test in candidate vetting, was the senior recruiter looking the prospect meaningfully in the eye, and saying with great solemnity, “Now, is there anything you have not disclosed that there is even a distant prospect, if it were revealed, that would bring shame or harm to the party or yourself?”

Today, that test is no longer sufficient.

Serious archival research, social media tracking, and even private investigators are now the norm and political parties are no exception to the rule. Political parties must now meet the new standard. The price of failure to do so is too high to pay.

Invasive inquiry, aggressive reference checking, difficult final interviews and even undated resignation letters are the new standard, the new norm.

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Our society has become an overprotective mother.

Overprotecting people reduce their competence and this, associated with a kind of social immaturity is one of the major pathologies of our present days culture.

More and more people are now relying solely on the News Media and the Web, without questioning the facts, to validate their action and pathological societal disorders.

We are living a psychological epidemic

Today, thanks to the web and the news media allowing all the “sick” people and marginal groups of this world to validate their being and way of life, we are now living in a society of self-diagnosed individuals and collectives multiplying and glorifying their immoral and asocial pathologies.

Being a straight, moral and intelligent person is no longer the norm. By simply finding all sorts of people who act and think like them, people suffering from borderline personality disorders or merely acting like total assholes are now justifying their own existence and behavior.

More and more people and minority groups, are now justifying their immoral, amoral and depraved conduct and way of life only and simply because they now feel that they are not alone. We now live in a society of self-diagnosed people multiplying and glorifying immoral pathologies.

Being a victim, a member of whatever minority, feeling like being harassed, oppressed and persecuted, blaming everyone else other than ourselves for our condition, throwing rocks at everyone instead of empowering ourselves is the new norm.

It is time to fight back

When being the most oppressed victim gives you the highest status, then it’s a race to the bottom.

When the regular straight and moral and more than often white guy becomes the new minority, we definitely have a serious societal problem.

Throwing rocks at everyone, every institution and in every window that you come across will never solve any problem. On the contrary! Such an attitude is only creating more problems, exacerbating people and public opinion.

Our society has become this overprotective mother and playing the victim card with the highest degree of status is really bad omen.

For everyone that is now wrongly and unjustly lapidated on the public place, it is now time to stand up and fight back.

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 J. Michael Dennis is a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Expert, a Public Affairs & Corporate Communications Specialist, a Warrior for Common Sense & Free Speech.

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#Fightback

 

Thanks to Alyssa Milano, the #MeToo movement is now creating a moral panic.

If you have spent any time on social media lately and watching the news, you have probably been shocked and sad to see the incredible viral spread of the hashtag #MeToo Movement.

The #MeToo Movement is the product of a broken legal system, using the internet to cause stars to fall from the skies. Phones at sexual assault hotlines all over the world are ringing off the hooks, organizations are scrambling for help and media love it.

No one’s reputation is off limit anymore.

Tarana Burke

It is in 2016 that social activist and community organizer Tarana Burke created the expression “Me Too” on Myspace, as part of a grassroots campaign to promote “empowerment through empathy” among “women of color” having experienced sexual abuse.

Alyssa Milano

On October 15, 2017, actress Alyssa Milano encouraged spreading the expression as part of an awareness campaign in order to reveal the ubiquity of the problem among all women.

On January 4, 2018 Milano announced in an article published in the Rolling Stone magazine that she and 300 other women in the film industry were now supporting another movement called Time’s Up, an initiative aiming to help fight sexual violence and harassment and inequality in the workplace with creative strategies ranging from establishing a legal defense fund to aid working-class women to lobbying for legislation that would punish companies that foster environments for harassment.

In this exclusive essay for Rolling Stone, Milano explains how she was working to make sure that Time’s Up will have a positive effect for women both inside Hollywood and in the world at large.

After millions of people started using the phrase, and it spread to dozens of other languages, the purpose changed and expanded, as a result it has come to mean different things for different people and whoever you are, if you have any skeleton in your closet of any kind, your reputation is more at risk than ever.

A new comer: SpeakUp.eu

In the aftermath of the #MeToo Movement a new worldwide denunciation is born: SpeakUp.eu by People Intouch, a multi-language, integrated phone/web misconduct reporting & case management website.

The SpeakUp® Phone and Web System are designed for communicating with anonymous reporters of misconduct all over the web and make sure that all misconducts reported can be judged and investigated in a fair way [they say,] for all parties involved and to create a SpeakUp Culture without fear of retaliation.

Based in Amsterdam, People Intouch, a truly international company operating in 57 countries and 70+ different languages, was founded in 2004 to accommodate organizations seeking a European alternative to the American approach to whistle-blowing.

Again, whoever you are, wherever you are, if you have any skeleton in your closet of any kind, your reputation is more at risk than ever.

Is all this going too far?

While  many women may consider the #MeToo movement an important step toward countering widespread sexual abuse and wrongdoing, this never has been the final intended goal of the movement. This was only part of it and in the wake of the #MeToo movement analysis, we have somehow lost the intended plot and story-line.

Instead of celebrating a movement that was looking forward to making workplaces safer for women, classrooms better learning environments for girls and public spaces more accessible to all genders, women are now strangely only focusing on men.

Today, the alleged evil behavior of Weinstein, in other words, goes far beyond the Hollywood casting couch. For women, monsters are everywhere. In the hostile world that women face, we are now told, Weinsteins lurk around every corner.

Are all these Good Feminists fair-minded people?

Are all these Good Feminists fair-minded people or are they only, feeding into the very old narrative that holds women to be incapable of fairness or of considered judgment, giving their opponents another reason to deny them positions of decision-making in the world?

While I do believe that due process shall be applied to both, the denunciator and the denounce and that everyone’s rights shall be respected, many [including women] are now questioning whether the #MeToo Campaign has created a moral global societal panic and if there should be greater transparency in the nature and motives of the denunciations.

Sadly, some people would rather cast stones at all men and cast all women as victims.

The #MeToo movement has already received a fair share of criticism and the way it is going; the movement is doomed. Though they may have wanted to be in solidarity with other women, too many women have joined #MeToo too quickly and unthinkingly.

Meantime if you still have to fight for your reputation, let me know. It is time for everyone that is unduly and unfairly crucified on the public place to fight back.

JMD

JMD, a former attorney, a Crisis & Reputation Management Specialist is a Columnist for The Futurist Daily News and editor of the Social and Political Blog JMDlive.com. Follow JMD on Twitter @ jmdlive and visit the following JMD websites: jmdsystemics.com , bunkumless.com and jmdonline.tumblr.com

 

Note:

Tarana Burke accepted the title of the leader of the MeToo movement but has also stated she considers herself a worker of something much bigger: “A movement that includes both men and women of all colors and ages and supports marginalized people in marginalized communities.