Careers rarely follow a smooth, linear trajectory. If you’re experiencing a stalled or faltering career — and most of us do at some point or another — take a good look in the mirror. Are you guilty of exhibiting any of these common behaviors? These ten career-killing pitfalls can mean the difference between an upward ride and a downward spiral at work. If you recognize your own behaviors here, make it your mission to change them — before you have to. In time, you’re likely to see your career move from a stall to a soar.

·         Misfiring on performance or values — Overcommitting and under-delivering.

·         Resistance to change — Failing to embrace new ideas.

·         Being a Problem Identifier vs a Problem Solver.

·         Winning over your boss but not your business peer group.

·         Always worrying about your next career move versus focusing on the present.

·         Running for office – it’s totally transparent to everyone but you!

·         Self-importance — exhibiting a humorless, rigid attitude.

·         Lacking the courage and conviction to push back on the system.

·         Forgetting to develop your own succession plan for when you get promoted.

·         Complacency — you’ve stopped growing.


By Jack Welch

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