Last week the President announced that he planned to nominate Janet Yellen to Chair the Federal Reserve Bank. If approved, she’ll be the first woman to ever hold that post. Wow! There’s a lot being said and written about Ms. Yellen’s political and economic views, but what strikes me is that pretty much every—positive or negative—article I’ve read about her makes mention of her reputation as a smart, hard working, consensus builder. I like that Janet Yellen is a woman breaking new barriers in her field, I love that she’s doing so based on such a fine reputation.
Recently I was talking with some business friends about how incredibly valuable it is to have a good professional reputation. Your actions can’t always guarantee that others will always think (or speak) well of you, but a good reputation is nevertheless worth striving for. Proverbs 22:1 advises that a good name is to be chosen rather than great riches, and favor is better than silver or gold. Read more here.