You want to be successful. Everyone does. But your actual words might be undermining your chances of success. The things you say in the office, no matter how innocuous they seem to you, might be knocking you down the career ladder and putting the top position you dream about out of reach.
1. “That’s not in my job description.”
2. “It can’t be done.”
3. “It’s not my fault.”
4. “This will just take a minute.”
5. “I don’t need any help.”
6. “It’s not fair.”
7. “This is the way it’s always been done.”
The 7 phrases that can be career breakers are familiar to all of us, but we need to be reminded often. However, although people who work in private corporations and who want to be promoted will take Pozin’s advice, the people who run our governments repeat versions of these phrases with impunity and get reelected.