Have you ever wondered why some people seem to rise effortlessly to the top, while others are stuck in the same job year after year? Do you ever feel you are falling short of your career potential? Have you ever wondered if some things you do—o
Have you ever wondered why some people seem to rise effortlessly to the top, while others are stuck in the same job year after year? Do you ever feel you are falling short of your career potential? Have you ever wondered if some things you do—or don’t do—at work might be hamstringing your ambitions? In Maximum Success, James Waldroop and Timothy Butler, directors of career development at Harvard Business School, identify the twelve habits that over and over again—whether you are a retail clerk or a partner in a law firm—are almost guaranteed to hold you back.
Although Steven Covey’s 7 Habits of Highly Effective People has become a self-help classic, the fact is most people learn their greatest lessons not from their successes, but from their mistakes. Maximum Success offers the flip side to Covey’s approach, zeroing in on the most common behavior patterns that can impede a career. The authors claim, based on over twenty years of research as business psychologists, that the reasons people fail in their jobs are the same everywhere. Once these detrimental behaviors are identified, the patterns that limit career advancement can be broken.
Using real-life accounts of clients they have worked with at Harvard and as executive coaches for such companies as GTE, Sony, GE, and McKinsey & Co., authors Waldroop and Butler describe the habits that have derailed even the most successful people. More important, they offer invaluable—and in some cases, job saving—advice on how readers can modify their behavior to get back on track.