This is a guest blog by Gina Covarrubias
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How can you be more proactive to better manage work circumstances and the people in your day-to-day? Here are three topics to consider, along with tips and exercises, to propel yourself toward a path of successful career management.
Tip 1: Squash the Ego and Increase Likability
Researcher and leadership consultant Cy Wakeman brilliantly describes ego in her book, “No Ego.” She states:
“Ego will coax you to be one up or persuade you to be one down. One up, and you’re convinced you’re right, you’re better than the others, and people should always listen to you. One down, and you’re misunderstood, helpless and a victim of circumstances.”
An effective tool to aid your navigation through the nuances of human nature is to recognize and mitigate your own ego.
Ego doesn’t want to consider things like forgiveness, moving on, taking full accountability, or open-mindedness. It wants approval, recognition, and validation. It wants to be right, and it doesn’t consider the costs. Too much ego can hamper the ability to find creative solutions. Worse, self-growth will be hindered, and you may experience people leaving your network.
This is no way to manage a successful career! So, how does one recognize and mitigate ego?