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The personalities that are less likely to get promoted

Are you a Neanderthal? A Pollyanna? Maybe you have the aura of a Gunslinger?

Now is a good time to assess whether you have characteristics that may keep you from getting promoted.

Promotions are not based on what you’ve already done, but on what you can do next, says Donald Asher, who will release an updated version of “Who Gets Promoted, Who Doesn't, and Why: 10 Things You'd Better Do If You Want to Get Ahead” (Ten Speed Press, 2011) later this year.

“Doing one’s job well is the foundation to promotion,” says Asher, a writer and speaker who specializes in careers and lives in northern Nevada. But sometimes that is not enough. Some individuals may be undermining their future because of their behavior or attitude.

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  • Among the culprits is what Asher describes as the “Neanderthals”.

    These younger men talk about women — be they colleagues, bartenders or newscasters on the television — at the workplace or to their colleagues. Asher offers them this advice: “If you try to ‘bond’ with a senior male exec by talking about women’s appearances, he will mark you down as immature and unreliable. He will build a wall around you, keep you from going on business travel and working on teams, and keep you out of client meetings, and you will not even know why.”

    Asher describes other types who will struggle to be promoted or hired:

    • Diehards: They resists change and stand looking around for the support staff who long ago disappeared from flat organizational charts. They struggle to keep up with technology and require someone else to set up their software or programs.

    • Male Manipulators: These creatures wrap some male counterparts around their little fingers with a hint of possible sexual favors. They are not seen favorably by men or women.

    • Tirade Throwers: These are individuals who verbally abuse their subordinates. They are assigned to anger management classes and have few loyal friends and team members.

    • Pollyannas: Like the heroine of an early twentieth-century novel by Eleanor Porter, these individuals are pathologically optimistic. They are blind to the dangers around them or they don’t want to be the bearer of bad news.

    • Absent-Minded Professors: These workers may be geniuses but their hygiene habits short fall. When their physical presentation is not crisp, they show a lack of discipline. Employers want people whose work habits and appearance reflect the image they want to have associated with their company.

    • Gunslinger: These people are brought in to create massive, immediate change. They put their reputations on the line every single time. Being gunslingers may seem glamorous. But they can only fail once; then they’re dead.

    © CTW Features

    Patricia Rivera CTW Features