Stop Self-Sabotaging and Start Problem Solving

Amy Worthy   December 27, 2016  

We've all heard about the office saboteur. They are the person who slows productivity, creates tension, and never. Returns. Your. Stapler. These interactions are the worst, no question, but what about your internal saboteurs?

Everyone has a little voice in their head that can be a major source of self-doubt and dread, resulting in a less than stellar performance in the workplace. It doesn't have to be this way, though. You can make these pesky detractors work in your favor rather than to your demise.

CEO coach, Shirzad Chamine, identifies 10 different kinds of saboteurs: the Stickler, the Pleaser, the Controller, the Avoider, the Victim, the Hyper-Achiever, Hyper-Vigilance, Hyper-Rationalism, Restlessness, and the Judge. Every single person has a Judge accompanied by at least two or three other saboteurs. You know that phrase, "you are your own worst critic"? That critic is your Judge talking. Some of the saboteurs may seem like good traits, but too much of a good thing can be detrimental.

For example, hyper-achievement sounds like a great quality to have. However, the pressure a hyper-achiever puts on themself can lead to mental collapse due to nervous exhaustion. Once the hyper-achiever reaches this point, there is a noticeable decline in their quality of work and strain on both personal and professional relationships.

The first step to solving any problem is recognizing that the problem is there in the first place.

This includes your saboteurs. Take the free Positive Intelligence Saboteur Assessment to identify your saboteurs. Once you can clearly pinpoint your saboteurs and what they sound like in your head, it will be easier to make them work in your favor. If you catch yourself sounding like one of your saboteurs, it probably means something you’re doing isn’t working. Make a conscious effort to notice when the perfectionism or brooding starts to set in so you can stop them in their tracks and make the necessary changes. You already have the Stapler Stealer to worry about, don’t let something as flexible as your own mindset get in your way as well.