Work Productivity and Hacks
How to Avoid The Three Deadliest Career Traps
January 19, 2015
One minute you’re up, the next minute you’re down – this can be the feeling one can get by falling into a career trap. Things can certainly change on a dime if an employee – whether you are an experienced CEO or a newly-promoted manager – is not aware of these traps. Author Bruce Kasanoff sounds the alarm on them: Thanks to the consistency of human nature, there are classic career traps that cause smart people to self-destruct. If you avoid these traps, you can protect your career and preserve your ability to be effective:
- The “ego-driven blind spot” trap – One of the biggest challenges to acquiring power is that fewer and fewer people are willing to give you objective feedback. If you suddenly are praised as a genius, your internal alarms should sound.
- The “repeat past successes” trap - Successful people tend to repeat the strategies that made them successful. While this often makes sense for a time, the only constant in our world is change.
- The “use power too personally” trap – Use power for the benefit of others.