Rivaling Yahoo Personal Finance for containing more buckets of pure insight than any other website, CareerBuilder.com wants you to be more assertive at work. After all, groundbreaking studies have shown that whiney spineless pushovers are not as successful as assertive and confident peers. Here are five major potholes in the heavily trafficked Massachusetts winter road to success, and how to overcome them (don’t go anywhere near Massachusetts in the winter), from CareerBuilder.com:
1. You Let Others' Mistakes Inconvenience You
Refuse to be inconvenienced over things like a huge bet in the opposite direction of the ABX (you’re pulling at least a couple mil from management fees!) or management hiding billions of dollars of debt and losses in dozens of questionably structured limited offshore partnerships and cashing out before the stock price tanks and cripples your pension. This bold refusal is also an important morale boosting tip for U.S. troops in Iraq.
2. You Let Others Take Credit For Your Ideas
To avoid having others steal your ideas [three words, man-sized safes], make sure you state them loudly and confidently or put them in writing. If you're at a meeting and someone proposes the same thing you've previously suggested, call attention to it by saying [“my name is Fred from accounting, you killed my original idea, prepare to die”], "Sounds like you're building on my original suggestion, and I would certainly support that [much like your face would support my fists, asshole]."
3. You Apologize Unnecessarily
It’s only natural to clench. Don’t sweat it.
4. You Work Without Breaks
Be more Spanish, not Mexican. Nothing says a top-tier review like a siesta, especially during that 18-hour banking or pork plant cleaning shift.
5. You Do Others' Work For Them
Unless it's a really, really attractive female.
Stop Being So Nice to Your Co-workers [CareerBuilder.com]