Success Nuggets by Frank

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6 Outdated Mindsets That Undermine Your Success

Some vestiges of the past have no place in today’s employment landscape. Yet I talk to many people in companies all over the world and am surprised to see that many employees – even millennials – hold on to antiquated mindsets that were made irrelevant to the workplace decades ago. Here are the six most pernicious ones:

  1. There will always be a place for me here as long as I do a good job. As J.T. O’Donnell, CEO of, says, “All jobs are temporary.” The days of lifelong employment are long gone. In the dynamic workplace of today, companies don’t even know if your job or the product you work on will be there tomorrow. Sometimes your skills – as brilliant as they seem – become obsolete. That means you should always be ready for your next career move – even if it is not at your current employer.


  1. The company is responsible for my professional development.The days of large-scale classroom training are over, and they’re being replaced by individual learning plans. It is your responsibility to establish career goals and then develop a custom learning program that positions you to succeed in that role.Kelly Palmer, CLO of Degreed, puts it this way: “The onus is on the individual to take control of their career development. They need to learn in the context of their career goals, and that is unique for every person.”


  1. Being on social media is selfish.Social media is not only your tool for building your brand, it’s a great way to become a brand ambassador for your company by staying on top of their social media posts and sharing their content with your connections. According to the Edelman Trust Barometer, “Employees rank higher in public trust than a firm’s PR department, CEO, or Founder. 41% of us believe that employees are the most credible source of informationregarding their business.” Being social savvy is also a way to keep the saw sharp, benchmark processes, grow your professional network, and source staff. All of these make you a valuable and generous employee.


  1. My manager is in control of my success.Putting your faith solely in your manager is a risky proposition no matter how great your relationship is. There was a time when your manager had a lot of impact on your career trajectory. Today, your career is your own business and you need to run it like you’re the CEO of that business. The problem with letting your boss run your career is that she has her own agenda and what she wants for you may not be what you want for yourself. Also, she has little control over national or global factors that can affect your sector and your role.
  2. Building my personal brand is being disloyal to my company.“If I build my brand, I will be seen as disloyal.” I received an email from a Forbes reader expressing that concern. He went on to say, “I have had some feedback within my company that even having a personal website comes across as self-promotional and lacking humility.” The truth is that great companies encourage and capitalize on the synergies between the corporate brand and the personal brands of every employee. I reminded the reader that consistency – not conformity – is the sign of healthy brand management and I don’t recommend devoting a career to a company that rejects this reality.


  1. I only need to be managing my brand when I am looking for a new job.Actually, you need to manage your brand every day with everything you do. You need to be available for opportunities you don’t even know exist. When your brand is strong and visible to the right people, opportunities come to you and you put yourself in charge of your career.

It’s time to upgrade your mindset and stop using that obsolete playbook at work.

Source: Forbes Leadership Journal

Franklin Onoben is a Pastor, Counselor and Career coach and a member of REALMEN INITIATIVE under Seminars

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