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What’s Holding you Back?

Ever wonder how people become successful? Our society tells us that it is largely a function of talent. That may be true in many instances, but popular research reveals that true success comes when you figure out what is holding you back and you work to correct it. Marshall Goldsmith’s New York Times bestseller, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There, helps uncover some of the barriers by laying out 20 bad work habits that block future success. Some of these harmful habits are obvious such as speaking while angry or making excuses.  Others are a bit more subtle.

For example, according to Goldsmith, when you begin a sentence with “No,” “But,” or “However”, you are in saying to the other person you are wrong and I am right.  The reason these words are so devastating is, no matter your tone or how sweetly you say it, they stop the conversation dead in its tracks.  Rarely does anything productive occur after that. Other equally subtle work place bad habits include:

  1. negativity (or “let me explain why that won’t work”;
  2. claiming undeserved credit;
  3. being judgmental and
  4. an insatiable desire to prevail or “win” in every conversation.

Each has the nasty propensity to alienate and annoy your boss and colleagues, making promotion and advancement very difficult. So if you are stalling on the race up the career ladder, it just may be time to take a look in the mirror. You may find that what’s holding you back is YOU.

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Posted by on Mar 14 2011. Filed under Alerts, Building a Leader, Leadership. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

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