Are You Unintentionally Sabotaging Your Career?

By Dennis McCafferty
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    You think that if you ignore problems, they'll go away, but they'll eventually cause business-impacting issues, and you'll be held accountable.

Do you ever get the feeling that instead of getting ahead at work, you're simply staying in place? Are you upset that you never get singled out for positive recognition or promotions? Do you feel that your colleagues and supervisors are trying to avoid you? Obviously, these are trouble signs that could eventually lead to a termination. In the recent book, Your Self-Sabotage Survival Guide: How to Go From Why Me? to Why Not? (Career Press/available now), author Karen Berg depicts the many ways in which professionals become their own worst enemies, lapsing into behaviors and work habits that hurt their performance and alienate them from peers and key influencers. To illustrate, we've included the following animal-themed classic types of career self-saboteurs, which are adapted from the book. While your own behavior and work practices probably won't descend to this level of dysfunction, you may recognize traces of yourself. And recognition is the first step toward a positive, corrective response. "We have to be as aware of ourselves and our actions as actors are at auditions," Berg writes in the book. "Everything we do needs to be treated like we're determined to clinch that big role. … That's why you need to set your mind on achieving, and work at it every day." Bert is a communication strategist and advisor to Fortune 500 C-suite executives.

This article was originally published on 2015-01-29
Dennis McCafferty is a freelance writer for Baseline Magazine.
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