Career Management: Top 10 Career Limiting Moves

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Dorothy Tannahill Moran

10 Career Killing MovesIf you’re reading this, you probably don’t need to worry too much about bad decision making or judgment when it comes to your career.

Most of the time, people who amble through life are barely making it, and give as much “thought time” to their behavior as a cow does.  Nevertheless, it’s good to occasionally think about this issue before you seriously trash your future.  I would point out that there are things that don’t show up on this list, like leaving the microphone on while you discuss top secret information, simply because they are so rare.  This list is all about the CLM’s (yes, it’s now an acronym) that are most common.

  1. Lack of real insight or thought.  The impact of this leads to situations that exist purely based on the fact that some people fail to pay attention to how things work and their own behavior.
  2. Confusing actions for results.   We get paid, not to show up, but to actually get some type of results.  Unfortunately some people think that simply just doing stuff is what it’s all about.
  3. Chronic absence or tardiness.  If you are absent too much or late too much, you won’t be going anywhere because YOU are undependable.
  4. Refuse to admit you made a mistake. We all make them.  We’re supposed to learn from them.  When you don’t admit a mistake, we not only know you’re clueless, we kind of expect you to repeat it.
  5. Inappropriate computer use. Doesn’t matter if you view porn, do Facebook or shop at work, you’re wasting company resources; and it will catch up with you.  
  6. Not fitting in with the culture.   You can either change or leave, or get fired if you don’t fit in.  There may be companies that you just can’t adjust to; be smart and figure that out before it damages your career.
  7. Missing commitments.   Nothing will destroy trust faster than being habitual at not meeting your commitments.  No one will want to work with you and no one will want you to work for them.
  8. Sense of entitlement.   People who think the company or boss owes them for simply breathing air at work can be sniffed out quickly.  It’s a disagreeable quality.  Everyone is expendable.
  9. Not thinking outside the box.   If you can’t think outside the box or won’t do it because you’re too lazy, the boss will find someone who will.  “Just” doing your job can be done by hundreds of other people.
  10. Bad mouthing the boss or someone important.   You have to assume that anything you say at work to someone you work with will be shared or spread.  Most of the time the “code of silence” simply doesn’t exist no matter how close your relationship is.

There is nothing on this list that is difficult to avoid.  As I said, the people that tend to really kill their chances of going anywhere in their career tend to simply not think about their environment and purpose of being employed.


Dorothy Tannahill-Moran is a Career Coach and expert on helping her clients achieve their goals. Her programs cover: Career Growth and Enhancement, Career Change, Retirement Alternatives and Job Search Strategy. Want to discover specific career change strategies that get results? Discover how by claiming FREE Instant Access to the Career Makeover Newsletter AND eWorkbook “Should I Stay or Should I Go” – both dedicated to your career success –  when you visit  From Dorothy Tannahill-Moran – Your Career Change Agent from

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