Three Statements That Can Ruin Your Career

Get ahead by not shooting yourself in the foot

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in Leaders & Managers,Workplace Communication

No matter how talented you are—or think you are—I guarantee you’ll drop a notch in everyone’s estimation if you come across as weak or fearful. The easiest way to kill your chances of climbing higher in your organization is if you admit that you’re helpless, scared or immobilized.

Almost all the CEOs that I’ve known have a game face. They radiate a certain toughness. Even when they’re worried or frustrated, they do not run around in a panic. There’s no time to gripe or lash out, because they’re too busy maintaining their focus on digesting the facts, analyzing their options and taking action.

Sure, they might lose their temper or act foolishly on occasion. And you can, too, as long as you offset that behavior by presenting a steely, determined side.

Never acknowledge that you’re impotent. Stop yourself before you make any of these horribly spineless comments:

‘We’re powerless to stop this’

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