As we have noted before, in pursuing our career, we must be smart!! For example. Avoid Making Resume Mistakes. Where Do See YOUR Future Career Path. Success Switching Careers Post-30 Years Old. So, avoid undermining your own career with poor decisions and activities.

 

How to Avoid Undermining Your Own Career

This month, Knowledge@Wharton interviewed former Walmart.com CEO Carter Cast about how people inadvertently harm their own careers. We not only need to be smart. Also, we must not be “dumb” in pursuing our career:

“Are you the Captain Fantastic in your office? That’s the guy who knows all the answers and never needs help. Or maybe you try to take care of everything, all at once. These are two of the archetypes identified by Carter Cast in his new book. The Right and Wrong Stuff: How Brilliant Careers Are Made and Unmade. Cast is a professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Northwestern University and a venture capitalist. In addition, he is a former CEO of Walmart.com. Carter Cast explains how smart, talented people sometimes derail their own careers. Cast joined the Knowledge@Wharton show on SiriusXM channel to talk about how to become more self-aware. And how to stop career derailment in its tracks.”

Even Cast has had his bad moments:

“I had a bad review when I was in my mid-30s, which was 20 years ago. And I was blindsided by the feedback. My boss told me that he no longer wanted me in his group because I was difficult to work with. And because I didn’t follow direction. I ended up being put on ice at the firm. And I was considered non-promotable for about a year and a half. As a result, I had to dig my way out of the hole I made. I was embarrassed and didn’t see it coming. One of the reasons I ended up writing this book is to help people so that this doesn’t happen to them.”

 
To read a transcript of the interview with Cast, click the image below.

Avoid Undermining Your Own Career
 
To listen to the full podcast, click the player.


 

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