Do you identify with these five common career derailers? Psychology Today posted this article, "5 Most Common Ways People Ruin Their Work Careers," written by Ronald E. Riggio, Ph.D. In it he spells out how you can prevent failure at work.
Five common ways to ruin a career
According to Riggio, research identified several factors that can cause even high performing executives, leaders and professionals to fail. Nobody is immune from career derailment but there are warning signs. Which of these five might be true about you?
1. Poor Interpersonal Style. People will initially advance due to their technical expertise. However a poor interpersonal style likely will prevent promotion to the highest ranks. The article states, "Having an abrasive or arrogant style, being insensitive to those around you, or coming off cold and aloof can lead to derailment of managers and supervisors."
2. Over-Controlling and Inability to Delegate. It takes a team to succeed. Leaders and managers who micromanage, try to do it all or won't build a team face a higher failure rate.
3. Inability to Adapt. Change is a given and workers who cannot adapt have a greater chance to become obsolute and fail.
4. Lack of Transparency. Lack of integrity and transparency in dealing with people, especially in regard to decision making, also can lead to career derailment.
5. Inability to Think Strategically. When leaders fail to focus on the big picture and don't think strategically they are more likely to get bogged down in the day-to-day...which can lead to career failure.
Use your Strengths to avoid these five factors
When we know our five StrengthsFinder themes we can more easily navigate these five challenges. Not all of us will excel in interpersonal, strategic, adaptability or team building Strengths but we can all use our unique wiring to evade these career limiting problems.
How? The first step is fully knowing yourself. For you...and for your team! Only when you truly understand your unique wiring, can you create a sustainable plan to ensure career success.
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Coming up next: Specific ways to address each of the five factors using Strengths!