Career Not Taking Off? Check Out Your Weaknesses — And Fix Them!

Career Not Taking Off? Check Out Your Weaknesses — And Fix Them!

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Patricia V. Rivera

Everyone has a weakness that can lead to a downfall. Have you identified yours? If not, you may face a career stall or even a derailment.

“The way people fail in their careers is very generic and transfers across industries,” said James Waldroop, a business psychologist and creator of Career Leader, an Internet career assessment program based in Brookline, Mass. Identify the behaviors that hold you back and it’s possible to address them, he said.

For nearly two decades, Waldroop and Harvard University business professor Timothy Butler have studied bad habits and behaviors that paralyze employees.

These include never feeling good enough, doing too much, avoiding conflict, lacking a sense of boundaries, letting fear drive you and lacking a sense of direction and purpose.

To recover from them, Butler said, you need a three-part plan: You must admit it’s a bad habit, plan to advance differently and learn new patterns of behavior...

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