Here at Coach Place, we have a team of experienced coaches who regularly come together to talk about the hot topics in coaching. As people consider their next career move, they’re looking for recent feedback, reflecting on their performance and checking their confidence. Part of the auditing process is knowing what your career-limiting habits (CLHs) are. If you’re a leader wanting to structure an upcoming performance review, you could use the checklist below as a guide. And if you’re proactively self-managing your career path, this too might be helpful.
For anyone who wants to be more effective, have healthier relationships or build a stronger personal brand, here’s our list of the common CLHs that leaders, HR professionals and coaches say prevent people from stepping into their true potential.
Which of these do you recognise in yourself?
- Passive aggressive
- Negative attitude
- Situational listener
- Resistant to change
- Lack of confidence
- Inability to trust and be trusted
- Takes credit for others’ work
- Sabotages own or others’ work
- Ego-based decision-making
- Takes constructive feedback personally
- Blames others
- Manages up
- Can’t say sorry
- ‘That’s not my job’ attitude
- Doesn’t keep promises
- Avoids healthy conflict
- Creates ‘files’ on teammates
- Creates email wars
- Divisive beliefs or values
- Enjoys drama and gossip
If you’re unhappy with how many of these characteristics you said ‘yes’ to, there’s plenty you can do immediately to become a better version of you. And congratulations! Self-awareness, acknowledgement and taking responsibility are not easy. You’ll never regret working on you.
Here are a few ideas to get you started:
- Find a mentor who specialises in the things that you need to do better at.
- Request feedback from people you trust – those that’ll tell you the truth.
- Self-assess your impact at the end of each day. What did you do really well today? What do you need to do better tomorrow?
- Write a personal ambition statement (no more than five sentences).
- Develop a learning agenda that identifies opportunities for you to practise better habits and skills.
– The Coach Place Global
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