Based on John McKees list of the most undesirable working habits, I would like to add my own comments.
- Please avoid staying up to date – this is the sure way to be “out of touch” with both colleagues and partners. Sure, it’s always a pleasure for a colleague to help each other, but at the end of the day – if you bring nothing to the table, why are you taking up the space?
- Do not provide any results (or expected results). It is not enough to be available; sometime the goal in a boring match is all that matters.
- Be impersonal – stay at your desk. The one who doesn’t get around in the organization is not visible and not the person who will be approached, once the shit hits the fan. And remember, if not visible – how to be included in the important decisions.
- I am impossible to replace … Duh… What do you leave behind in a glass of water, when you remove your finger.. Nothing…
- I know everything about this job. (See #1). A true winner spends most his time tracing down the next opportunity for success.
- I have my friends here (Support Group). Well, if you are not being challenged – you are not in the loop. A true winner (and a winning team) will always challenge each other, for the next success. It’s like a drug
- Accept all credit – even when it’s not earned. Do remember that sharing credit is to share responsibility. It your team members also feel that credit was given to them, they also “own the job” and will raise to the occasion and give a second success.
- Marketing – Well, availability. Show that you are there, and make sure that you are visible. Don’t brag – but do show that most jobs (relevant or not) is something that you are no stranger to and someone who is not afraid of a new challenges.
- Ask for help; involve your colleagues. Search for advice, feedback in process or before delivery, a second opinion should always be welcome, and does provide you with the opportunity to create an alliance with a colleague or a new friend.
- Set ambitions – make a plan… If not, how do you know your targets and where to go.