From celebrity gaffes to political scandals, if we can learn something about ourselves based on what makes the news, it’s that people love a good piece of gossip. Although many people condemn gossip as slander or hearsay, a person’s reputation can have serious consequences on his or her career.

Sticks and Stones: Gossip, Reputation, and How Whispered Words Can Kill Careers defines the following:

  • What is reputation?
  • Why gossip is an important social mechanism
  • Why people believe gossip over the facts
  • How a bad reputation can kill your career