There are professional business sites for networking such as LinkedIn and Naymz. A good busines profile site ZoomInfo. These help your name appear in Google search results. And, everything you type is public.
Rules to Live By
Be positive. Be professional. Be courteous. Be careful how much detail you share. Beware, web search results live for a long time.
Looking to manage Google results you don’t like, check out this witty and helpful article. From The Wall Street Journal, “It’s Me (As Seen on Google)” by Julia Angwin.
Ethics: A Hidden Value – Part 1
As a business person we will always be faced with several challenges. How these challenges are handled will show our ethical character. Our ethical behavior expands into our businesses, as well as, our personal lives. Below is something I saw earlier this month (author unknown) that made me realize that ethics are always important, whether others see what we do or not. How we handle our ethical business practices create a trend that can either strengthen or weaken our businesses.
First Important Lesson: Cleaning Lady
During my second month of college, our professor gave us a pop quiz. I was a conscientious student and had breezed through the questions until I read the last one: “What is the first name of the woman who cleans the school?” Surely this was some kind of joke. I had seen the Cleaning Lady several times… She was tall, dark-haired and in her 50′s, but how would I know her name? I handed in my paper, leaving the last question blank… Just before class ended; one student asked if the last question would count toward our quiz grade. “Absolutely,” said the professor.” In your careers, you will meet many people.
All are significant… They deserve your attention and care, even if all you do is smile and say “hello.”
I’ve never forgotten that lesson. I also learned her Name was Dorothy.
Naylor says: Our world appears to be very small because paths do cross. This college student may not directly cross paths with Dorothy (The Cleaning Lady) again but may run across somone in her family; her children or siblings, who may become either a co-worker or boss causing the possibility of paths to be crossed indirectly with Dorothy. Be aware of how you treat those that cross your path. more…