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The Problem With Quitting
  • It has been internalized in us since childhood that we should never give up, and that quitting is bad.
  • Many of us are stuck in the wrong jobs and due to this idea of not quitting, we waste a lot of productive years.
  • We don’t quit because of a cognitive bias known as the sunk cost fallacy, which basically means we continue to do something that is not helping us, but because we have already invested our time, energy and resources.

Example: We don’t quit reading a half-finished book even if the content is not helping us in any way.

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Effective impressions management not only requires you to be self-aware but also to change how you communicate.

For example, compensation and promotion decisions generally involve subjective judgments. This means you want to use your communication techniques in a way that emphasize the traits needed to reach your objective. If decisiveness is called for, you want to present your decisive characteristics.

Forever Employable: Brand Yourself

As we climb up the corporate ladder, there are fewer options available, and a mid-life crisis of the corporate world comes. The reason is that the same skills that got a person hired as a young graduate are not sufficient for a senior job, in spite of the years of experience gained during the course of time.

The way out of this crisis is to be forever employable, a concept that involves continuous learning, sharing and re-purposing of one’s experience, expertise and skillsets to create a brand.

The Peter Principle and Occupational Incompetence

Peter J. Lawrence, whose 1969 bestseller “The Peter Principle” satirically provided many insights on the hows and the whys of incompetents working among us, is now being taken more seriously.

People are promoted to a job they are incapable of doing, based on their previous performance. This makes most employees rise to their level of incompetence.

Building up strategic partnerships is, for a manager, one sure key to success. According to one of the greatest movies of all time, creating a network is essential to your success as a leader.

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