Career Progression – Derailment Factors to watch out for

Most of my “clients” who consult me as a coach & talent manager on career development want to understand what is needed to progress further in their careers and what derailment factors they should be watching out for.
Based on my survey  (still open) which is relevant to any employee who has career aspiration – the following results are currently emerging:

The likely derailment factors are:
1. Not developing continuously (81%)
2. Inability to manage cross functional teams (79 %)
3. Too narrow functional experience (77%)
4. Not adapting to new role (77%)
5. Difficulties to manage team (73%)
6. Over ambitious (72%)
7. Manipulative Style (69%)
8. Not having the right relationsships (68%)
9. Difficulties when presenting in front of senior management (68%)
10. Not meeting targets (68%)

The good news is that all of the above items can be adressed by learning & development interventions.
It is all under your control.

A full list of derailement factors and the results please click here.

If you look at the list again at only what the most likely derailment factors are then a different picture emerges:
1. Inability to manage cross functional teams (25%)
2. Not adapting to new role (23%)
3. Not meeting targets (21%)
4. Arrogant behaviour (17%)
5. Manipulative style (17%)

The same list now again sorted only by quite likely will bring the following top 5:
1. Difficulties to manage team (40%)
2. Not meeting targets (35%)
3. Not developing continuously (35%)
4. Not adapting to new role (33%)
5. Inability to manage cross functional teams (31%)

The same sorting excercise for only likely factors – the chances are up to a certain level that you will get away with it –
reveal the following:
1. Over ambitious (35%)
2. Too narrow functional experience (33%)
3. Authorative management style (33%)
4. Not developing continuously (31%)
5. Abrasive character (31%)

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