The 20 Annoying Workplace Habits You Need to Break Now

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    An excerpt from Marshall Goldsmith’s book, What Got You Here Won’t Get You There: How Successful People Become Even More Successful! (Hyperion, 2007).

    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 on them.

    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 wrong."

    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 tool.

    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 reward.

    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 else.

    14. Playing favorites: Failing to see that we are treating someone unfairly.

    15. Refusing to express regret: The inability to take responsibility for our actions, admit we’re wrong, or recognize how our actions affect others.

    16. Not listening: The most passive-aggressive form of disrespect for colleagues.

    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.

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