According to a snap poll on common career derailing
factors, during May-June 2014 conducted by HeadHonchos.com, a leading job search portal for mid-management and senior
professionals, agility is most crucial for career success.
Career-savvy professionals recognise the fact that
careers are not just about job performance, says the poll,
pointing to agility -- the ability to take on change with a
positive attitude and to come up with quick-thinking responses
to new realities -- as a crucial career skill.
Over 1/3rd of professionals (34 per cent) who voted in
the poll ranked the failure to be 'agile' as the number one
factor that can derail a career.
As per Leadership Advisor Lee Colan, agility includes
flexibility to stretch your mind to take in new knowledge or
information, strength to continue to develop core competencies
while absorbing the change around and speed in responding &
acting to new developments.
The poll findings further said that 31 per cent of
respondents said surviving workplace politics is the top issue
and a failure in this regard could bring career growth to a
A further 23 per cent of respondents believe that the
inability to grow into an expanding role is a career concern,
putting the focus squarely on personal evolution to keep pace
with new responsibilities and finally, 12 per cent respondents
believe that the presence of ego issues and a lack of ego
management can lead to a career slowdown.
Professionals will need to manage ever-growing career
complexities, as employees who score high on agility and
managing workplace politics become the ones to gain the most.
"The keys to career growth, even more than performance on
the job, will be behavioural change, embracing new skills &
continuous learning," the report said.