Overcoming habits that hurt your career

Jan 29, 2020

Many career setbacks can be reflective of negative habits that interfere with the ability to effectively perform in team settings. Everyone has some sort of personality “derailers”, or dysfunctional self-regulatory patterns, that can be overcome in order to strive in the workplace. What matters most is to identify and overcome them so they don’t interfere with your success.

For example, maybe you have the tendency to avoid difficult discussions, strive for perfectionism or micromanage. Some of these behaviors or habits might have served us well at one point in our lives but can now get in the way of success. If derailers go left unchecked, these tendencies can wreak havoc on your ability to manage effectively.

In a recent Harvard Business Review article, the following six career derailers were identified:

  • Conflict avoidance
  • Impulsiveness
  • Blame-shifting
  • Insisting on control
  • Perfectionism
  • Power hunger

To learn more about the negative effects habits like these can have on your career success, and ways to overcome them, read this article.

Why should you care?

Being able to recognize what’s derailing you in real time can allow you to shift your behavior accordingly.