Do you want to drive your manager crazy—and kill your chances of landing a great new project or promotion this year? Then utter these sentences:
• “That’s not my job.” If you fail to fix a mistake or take action that prevents problems, no boss in the world is going to accept “I didn’t do it because it’s not my job.” Regardless of what your job description says, do what is in the best interest of the team. If you don’t have the authority to make a decision, find someone who can.
• “It must be done this way.” You may believe your way is best. When you have that mindset, you show that you are unwilling to cooperate, collaborate, change and innovate. That’s no way to get ahead. Be open to others’ ideas—even the “kid” who was just hired.
• “I just prevented a MAJOR crisis.” When you exaggerate every issue while simultaneously patting yourself on the back, two things happen. One, because you are always so dramatic, your boss doesn’t appreciate your efforts. Or, worse, your boss believes you’re causing problems so you can save the day.
Tell your boss when you do something great, but don’t exaggerate—or cause—problems because you want recognition.
— Adapted from “3 Destructive Employee Syndromes No Boss Can Tolerate,” Dixie Gillaspie, Entrepreneur, www.entrepreneur.com.