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Keep your complaints to yourself

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One of the most subtle career-killers is to harp on complaints. It can begin with one minor annoyance. But rather than raise your concern once—in private—to the appropriate person, you raise it repeatedly with anyone who’ll listen.

Example: The company collects money for the CEO’s pet charity. You resent the pressure to give to this cause, so you complain to your boss. But soon you’re involving colleagues and suggesting that they not make donations.

Perhaps you’re right—in theory. But in practice, you’ve just earned a “malcontent” label. And your work may no longer get judged on its merits.

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