Career Derailers

What’s a career derailer? Imagine or remember your first promotion. First, you got the team leader role, then a better title, and a raise. From there on to department manager — you are on top of the world — then something happens. Questions are asked about whether you can think strategically; whether you have what it takes. That fast track career has stalled, or worse yet, fallen off the tracks – a career derailed.

I have made and watched many derailings. Although lessons learned are priceless, you may want to avoid the career derailers listed below.

  • Failing to Plan is Planning to Fail. It’s true that you need to bloom where you are planted, but constant and never ending improvement will ensure you are ready for the doors of opportunity when they open. If you don’t keep up with your technical skill sets you will become extinct.
  • Tunnel Vision is often referred to when a professional only considers his / her function role. Have you known someone who actually thinks their skills and results are the sole keys to success? Restricting relationships to colleagues in their career niche or at their “status” or above is a big mistake! Broadening your outlook is essential to becoming a good leader and team mate.
  • EGO Check! Have you ever worked with someone who took credit for your work? There is no room for the credit mongers in today’s workforce. Being arrogant and not open to feedback leads to failure. You know the guy who consistently acknowledges his success and blames others for the failures. Don’t be that guy.
  • Emotional Intelligence is the number one career derailer. We learned everything we need to know to excel in business in kindergarten. Be good to everyone and treat people how you want to be treated.  There is no surprise that 83 percent of top performers are high in self-awareness.

So what do you do to propel your career? Please comment with your experiences!

“Surround yourself with people smarter than you are”   -Bruce Carlson

The November newsletter will be dedicated to building a positive network and selecting mentors!  

Chris Carlson, CPC, Aureus Group Regional Manager

About the author, Chris Carlson
Chris is an experienced executive in the staffing industry. She has extensive experience in developing and implementing operational analyses and programs and has assisted hundreds of firms streamline processes and upgrade the competencies of its workforce. Finding innovative ways to generate new business and build teams is her passion. She has developed and executed many successful strategic marketing plans. Chris began her career at Aureus Group, a full-service professional recruiting firm, in 1994 and currently serves as the regional manager of Aureus Group specializing in the Finance & Accounting, Systems and Executive search areas.

In addition, Chris is a Certified Professional Consultant, and has a Bachelor of Science in Business Administration and a Master’s of Business Administration from the University of Nebraska at Omaha.


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