An Organization is functional, or is not functional depending on habits and behavior of people working within it. To a large extent.
Are you always aware of the effects your behaviors produce?
Do you know the impact, useful, useless, or damaging, you produce with your behaviors in your Organization?
Are you clear as to the effects that are useful for you and for your Organization?
Are you clear about the goals you are pursuing?
Peter Vajda, from Atlanta, a friend and colleague, writes a weekly newsletter: “Food for Thought”, rich of insights and perspectives on Leadership, and many other topics.
Among his reflections I thought I would propose you the following, about Bad Workplace habits.
Don’t miss the questions he recommends at the end.
20 Bad Workplace Habits
Marshall Goldsmith is a famous executive coach, who has worked with more
than 80 CEO’s in the world’s top corporations. He has a fabulous new book
out called What Got You Here Won’t Get You There. Actually, the
title is not very descriptive, but the subtitle says it all: 20 workplace
habits folks need to break. It’s a content-rich, well-written
As a business and executive coach, I and my clients find this list
incredibly insightful and helpful. Here’s his list of bad habits:
1. The need to win each time
2. The overwhelming desire to add our two cents to every discussion
3. The need to pass judgment on others
4. Needless sarcasm and cutting comments
5. Starting with “No”, “But”, “However”
6. Need to show how smart we are
7. Speaking when angry
8. Negativity: the need to share negative thoughts even when not asked
9. Withholding Information
10. Failing to Give Proper recognition
11. Claiming credit we don’t deserve
12. Making excuses
13. Clinging to the past
14. Playing favorites
15. Refusing to express regret
16. Not listening
17. Failing to express gratitude
18. Punishing the messenger
19. Passing the buck
20. An excessive need to be “me”: exalting our faults as virtues simply
because they’re who we are
This list provides much food for thought if we were to spend some
quality time reflecting on how we are and who we are as leaders, managers
and supervisors in our life at work.
So, our $10 food for thought questions are:
* Do you exhibit any of Goldsmith’s 20 bad habits? Some, more than
* Would you say that these habits indicate one is more focused on one’s
self than on others? And if so, why?
* What do you think is “underneath” some of these behaviors?
e.g., ego, fear, anger, defensiveness, jealousy, resistance, unhappiness,
need to blame, need to find fault with others, etc? What do you
“see” about you that brings you to behave in this way?
* If there are one or two habits that stand out for you, what baby
steps can you consciously take to reduce your tendency to act in these
ways, to begin to break these habits?
* Would others say you exhibit any of these behaviors?
In the interest of sustaining the life of your organization, which,
after all, is not some nebulous entity, but rather, a living organism
consisting of cells, i.e., individuals like you.
Peter G. Vajda, Ph.D, C.P.C.
How do these questions help your thinking?
In which way do you think it is useful for yourself giving an answer to these questions?
What do you think in general about Bad Workplace Habits?