After observing the struggles of hundreds of employees at companies going through significant corporate change, we have found that those who do not “make the cut” often have made a mistake – a career killer of a mistake.

If new leadership is headed to the corner office of your company, your first thought may be: “Will I keep my job?” You can if you play your cards right. Don’t commit career suicide. Avoiding these common mistakes made by people who now have a pink slip for their scrapbook are the first steps in assuring continued tenure.


Even though the days feel more hectic and stressful, research shows that productivity is cut in half following a major change in an organization.

While the new leadership assumes everyone knows "it’s business as usual," workers often freeze in their tracks – like deer caught in the headlights – and wait to be told to proceed. Most people aren’t aware that their output is dwindling because it “takes so much longer to get things done.”

While it doesn’t feel like it, less is getting done and the new management sees passive people not taking responsibility.

Check back next month for Career Killer #2.


Quitting isn' t always as easy as you expect.

Say you've decided to accept a job offer. But when you attempt to resign, the boss throws out numbers instead of a farewell handshake. "Will you stay for $5,000 more?" "What if we give you more money, plus an office with a window?"

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Developing an honest, time sensitive script to deliver the news of one’s departure to the rest of the world is the first order of business when beginning the process of moving on. The communication to the world includes subordinates, business and professional contacts, and friends and family. Unfortunately, the least qualified person to develop the script is the affected executive.

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