The 20 Annoying Workplace Habits You Need to Break Now
by Marshall Goldsmith
Author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There:
How Successful People
Become Even More Successful!
1. Winning too much: The need to win at all costs and in all situations
-- when it matters, when it doesn't, and when it's totally beside the point.
2. Adding too much value: The overwhelming desire to add our two cents
to every discussion.
3. Passing judgment: The need to rate others and impose our standards
4. Making destructive comments: The needless sarcasms and cutting
remarks that we think make us sound sharp and witty.
5. Starting with "No," "But," or "However": The overuse of these
negative qualifiers which secretly say to everyone, "I'm right. You're
6. Telling the world how smart we are: The need to show people we're
smarter than they think we are.
7. Speaking when angry: Using emotional volatility as a management
8. Negativity, or "Let me explain why that won't work": The need to
share our negative thoughts even when we weren't asked.
9. Withholding information: The refusal to share information in order
to maintain an advantage over others.
10. Failing to give proper recognition: The inability to praise and
11. Claiming credit that we don't deserve: The most annoying way to
overestimate our contribution to any success.
12. Making excuses: The need to reposition our annoying behavior as a
permanent fixture so people excuse us for it.
13. Clinging to the past: The need to deflect blame away from ourselves
and onto events and people from our past; a subset of blaming everyone =
14. Playing favorites: Failing to see that we are treating someone
15. Refusing to express regret: The inability to take responsibility for
our actions, admit we're wrong, or recognize how our actions affect =
16. Not listening: The most passive-aggressive form of disrespect for
17. Failing to express gratitude: The most basic form of bad manners.
18. Punishing the messenger: The misguided need to attack the innocent
who are usually only trying to help us.
19. Passing the buck: The need to blame everyone but ourselves.
20. An excessive need to be "me": Exalting our faults as virtues simply
because they're who we are.
Copyright C 2007 Marshall Goldsmith.
Marshall Goldsmith is corporate America's preeminent executive coach and the
author of What Got You Here Won't Get You There: How Successful People
Become Even More Successful! (Published by Hyperion. January
Goldsmith is one of a select few
consultants who have been asked to work with more than eighty CEOs in
world's top corporations. He has helped implement leadership development
processes that have impacted more than one million people. His Ph.D. is from
UCLA and he is on the faculty of the executive education programs at
Dartmouth College's Tuck School of Business. The American Management
Association recently named Marshall one of fifty great thinkers and business
leaders who have impacted the field of management, and BusinessWeek
him as one of the influential practitioners in the history of leadership
development. In 2006, Alliant International University renamed their schools
of business and organizational psychology the Marshall Goldsmith School of
For information, please visit www.marshallgoldsmith.com or www.whatgotyouhere.com