How to Combine Team and Career In my post, When Not to Take One for the Team, YOU were told that you had to take one for the team by not attending a conference you really want. You might have felt that, in that post, you gave into your boss Gwen’s insistence too easily, but as I pointed out in Downsides of Refusing to Take One for the Team, you can pay a steep price for refusing to accept the decision if you stubbornly stick to your ‘right’ to...

Downsides of Refusing to Take One for the Team In the previous post, YOU made your case for going to an important conference but were overruled by the boss. But YOU might feel that you didn’t fight hard enough. You might be right—more argument might make a difference. However, you could win the battle but lose the war. Winning the battle but losing the war As I have mentioned in other posts, the pressure to get along within a team can be overw...

When Not to Take One for the Team As I covered in the previous post, taking one for the team, or putting yourself at a disadvantage in order to help, is often the right way to go. But sometimes, it isn’t. When to stick to your guns When this is very, very important to you and/or your career. Maybe you need to attend because you are actively scouting for a new job. Naturally, you can’t say that but you need to go. When you think it’s somebody e...

When to Take One for the Team As in life, people who never compromise, volunteer,  or take the wishes and needs of others into account—well, they might be successful but they surely aren’t popular. And frankly, I doubt they are all that successful either. Purely pragmatically, it is in your best interest to be seen as someone who will put the good of the group ahead of your own wishes. From your own experience, I’m sure you know that your coll...

Taking One for the Team? Taking one for the team—it seems to have originated with baseball (thanks, Wikipedia!)—but is often used in work settings. It usually means agreeing to personally take on an unpalatable task in order to help your team.  Let’s look at an example. You work in a large company with a history of developing its people, but upheavals in the industry have meant cutbacks of all kinds. You’ve been in your job for two years and, ...

Are You Being Taken for Granted on the Job?
bringing yourself to work / April 17, 2017

Are You Being Taken for Granted on the Job? In previous posts, you actually had it good when your boss valued you too much to let you go. You get the same outcome but none of the kudos if it is taken for granted you will do your job well. Some jobs are easier to take for granted. Examples might be the background organization of a big meeting or convention, production of a regular report, or delivery of a well-established program. Her...

Talking to Your Boss about Being Trapped in a Job
bringing yourself to work / April 10, 2017

Talking to Your Boss about Being Trapped in a Job We’ve discussed when being too good at your job can impede your career. This can occur when your boss has a dog-in-the-manger view of good staff; he wants to keep them even if they don’t want to be kept. Whether to talk to your boss It’s an option. With some real benefits. If he truly didn’t realize you were unhappy, you two could discuss a path which suits you both. However, and this...

Avoiding the Dangers of Being Too Good at Your Job
bringing yourself to work / April 3, 2017

Avoiding the Dangers of Being Too Good at Your Job The answer is not, of course, to start being bad at your job. That really is cutting your nose off to spite your face. And I am assuming you are keeping your eye on the job ads. While you are doing that, there are other options to try to address the issue. Talk to your boss? This is where the assessment of jerkiness comes in. If you can see that your boss is demanding but fair; if he...

Is Your Boss Impeding Your Career?
bringing yourself to work / March 27, 2017

Is Your Boss Impeding Your Career? Good bosses do not impede employees’ careers. Good bosses give you opportunities to prepare you for the next big step. Good bosses coach and encourage. However, good bosses are like good people; they are not found everywhere. How do you know if your boss is being a jerk in this instance? Your boss ISN’T necessarily trying to impede your career if he: Is very demanding Often forgets to say thank you ...

The Dangers of Being Too Good at Your Job
bringing yourself to work / March 20, 2017

The Dangers of Being Too Good at Your Job Some people have the charming but erroneous belief that all they need to do to get ahead is be good at their jobs. I have discussed this in other posts, but I want to focus on a particular subset—when it can actually be bad for your career to be good. When being good is bad A couple of things have to kick in for this to happen but they are not that uncommon. Your boss sees you as instrumental...