2 Jun

The last one and a half months have been extremely imbalanced for me;
I have had NO time for myself or my relationships, having to cancel movie dates, dinners and sacrificing ‘me’ time.

It’s my birthday tomorrow and guess what? yep that’s right – I have a lunch business meeting to tie up shareholding and financial injection into my latest project!!
While I should be doing what most do on their birthday: reflecting on what turning 29 means for me and what I want to do with the rest of my life – it would seem I instead spend my time dealing with some problem or other; the latest being a client who’s name is in the dictionary under Corporate BS – this person is the embodiment…..!

While talking to one of my business partners who has never been formally employed – I looked back on the things I have learnt being employed and now that I am both employed and an employer, what I’d love to share to those climbing the corporate ladder – I came across THIS article that nails it perfectly

Read on

Six Signs of Career Derailment
By Barbara Reinhold,

Getting bumped off the track on your way to the top is every high achiever’s recurring nightmare. How can you be sure it doesn’t happen to you? Research by Michael Lombardo, principal of Lominger Limited, uncovered six indicators of career derailment. If any of them describe you, you’ll know what areas you need to work on:

1. Disagreements with Higher Management

Obviously, this is a no-no, even if your point of view is correct. Those who would rather be right than promoted almost always get their wish.

2. Problems with Team Building

You need to be good at spotting talent. Building diversity, developing talent and helping your people work together effectively are also core capabilities that you can’t do without for very long.

3. Problems Developing Working Relationships

If people don’t want to be around you, your career is in trouble. Bullying, isolation and being out of the loop in various ways all torpedo corporate careers.

4. Lack of Follow-Through

When you consistently forget to follow up on promises and don’t attend to important details, people notice and question the wisdom of handing you anything else to forget.

5. Problems Moving from a Technical to a Strategic Level

Here’s where engineers and other highly technical people can stumble and find themselves unable to go beyond what they know in order to formulate more complex strategies. If you’re on your way up the ladder from a highly technical role to a more managerial one, be sure to ask your boss for some feedback as to whether your strategic skills need honing.

6. Assuming Something Other Than Your Own Hard Work Will Take You Where You Want to Go

Being overly dependent on a powerful boss or some other advocate, or even on your natural talent, sometimes causes high-potential people to get a little lazy. “I know I’ll make VP this spring, because all the important people are on my side,” a rising young star once said. Wrong — he was passed on the inside lane by somebody who had just made a great presentation to the senior VP. The only person who can get you noticed and promoted is you.

Anything on that list sound familiar? If not, take a second look or consult a friend. Psychologists tell us that self-evaluation is a terrible indicator of performance. To be on the safe side, ask somebody who knows you well (and will tell you the truth) to have a look at the list and give you some objective feedback.

When it comes to keeping your career on track, what you don’t know about yourself could definitely hurt you.



  1. Mel June 2, 2011 at 4:22 pm #

    As an employer, if you see/feel this happening to you, I say it is time to change tactics or jump ship before you burn bridges.
    I did that for my last job I was about to throttle people (The boss) but I made the decision to leave and now I still do work for her (as an associate consultant) the relationship has never been better.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s

%d bloggers like this: