What Could Derail Your Career Success?

I just got certified to use the Hogan Suite of Assessments and one reason that I chose to invest in these tools is that it provides information on what could derail client’s career success and life satisfaction.  It assesses 11 performance risks that interfere with a client’s ability to build relationships with others and create cohesive, goal oriented teams.  A key premise behind the assessment is that performance risks are common for working adults.  If client’s become more self-aware about their own derailers and actively manage them, they can reduce the career impact of the performance risks.  What is fascinating is that although clients may see signs of their derailers in their every day work life, they usually don’t become a problem until the person is under stress, or in a situation that is tapping into their personal resources.  Because they are busy coping, they are not actively managing their reputation and proactively self-monitoring.  We have all been there.  It could be situations like being in a job that is a poor fit and wearing you down, multi-tasking beyond what is healthy, or a situation where you have been in your job so long that you now feel “comfortable” so you stop actively self-monitoring.  “They know me now!  I can let it all hang out.”

 What is interesting is that when people are being derailed, the behaviours can be categorized into three themes.  These stem from distorted beliefs about how others will view them.

  •  Moving Away From People – You manage your negative feelings by avoiding contact with other people.
  • Moving Against People – You manage your own self doubt by dominating and intimidating others.
  • Moving Toward People – You manage your own insecurities by building alliances.

For example, if a person has a derailer of Skeptism they will demonstrate the “moving against people” behaviour.  They will become more suspicious, mistrust others, and they will be more likely to confront other people they suspect of misconduct.  On the other hand, people who demonstrate the Reserved derailer will be more likely to move away from people.  They will become aloof, insensitive and indifferent to the problems of other people.

It’s important to clarify that just because you have a derailer, it does not mean that it will derail you.  You have a much better chance of not getting derailed, if you know what your derailers are and you can develop a strategy for recognizing the signs and managing them before you get “in the grip.” It is kind of like knowing that you have a genetic marker for a disease.  If you know you have a high probability of getting the disease, you can take steps to control some of the lifestyle habits before it gets the better of you.

If you are curious to learn more, call me at 778-227-8717 or email me at Natalie@karmichaelgroup.com.