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  • Writer's pictureCathy Melton

Top 5 Self-Sabotaging Behaviors

Updated: Nov 4, 2019

Self-sabotaging behaviors

When conducting current state assessments on Corporate Culture, "red flags" (problems) are quickly identified through confidential employee interviews. The reason I have highlighted these top 5 self-sabotaging behaviors, is because these are the most difficult to change. Current state assessments should also include a system that utilizes a DISC and Team Role Assessments program, to ensure the right people are in the right places based upon both their strengths and weaknesses. Every strength has a weakness, and hiring the right personality for job functions, will have a positive impact on corporate culture.

The top 5 self-sabotaging behaviors are:

#1 Procrastination

The procrastinator is someone who waits until the last minute to accomplish something. Typically, this personality will avoid planning and goal setting at all costs. Procrastinators are typically big picture thinkers, are impatient, get bored easily, strongly dislikes detail work and routine. They work best when they can delegate the details to someone else.

#2 Excessive Pride

Having a sense of pride is a good thing, because those who demonstrate pride in their work, typically have higher standards and achieve better results. Excessive pride, however, involves arrogance and greed. This type of personality behavior tends to stand alone and is not a team player.

#3 Resists Change

The reason people resists change, is because of fear and mistrust of the unknown. Although hesitation before jumping head first into the unknown can be a good quality, resistance to change can stunt personal and professional growth. People who resist change, are over-thinkers and likely struggle with anxiety. This personality type will continue to do the same thing, the same way, while anticipating different results. If someone says, "We've always done it this way", red flag this as a self-sabotaging behavior.

#4 False Sense of Reality

Refusing to acknowledge an opposing point of view, or surrounding themselves with people who feed their ego, is the biggest false sense of reality that can sabotage personal and professional relationships. People who have this personality, can appear overly confident, uses their influence to intimidate opposing opinions, and are rarely held accountable for their errors.

#5 Negativity

There is nothing more annoying than listening to constant negativity. Negativity causes emotional and mental fatigue. It becomes dangerous when negativity embeds itself into corporate culture. This behavior is directly connected to procrastination, excessive pride, resistance to change, and fosters a false sense of reality. Negativity is also one of the most difficult behaviors to change, as it feeds upon itself and can consume anyone who is in direct contact with this self-sabotaging behavior.

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