Most employees walk around every day with a ready supply of hand grenades. Â Some are thrown at coworkers during times of duress. Â Others get rolled into the boss’ office when credit is taken for something you worked weekends to complete. Â But the most explosive, destructive and damaging we save for ourselves. Â This is the overarching point of Gen Xer Jason Seiden’s sarcastic book, “How to Self-Destruct: Making the Least of What’s Left of Your Career“.
How to Self-Destruct provides a useful thought-exercise when considering the frustrations of your own career trajectory. Â So many of us are concerned about what we should be doing to succeed in the workplace. Â Seiden takes the opposite approach â€“ what should you do if you were trying to ruin your career? Â Shockingly, the behaviors that could ruin your career are identical to the â€œplay it safeâ€ strategy most of us use to advance and protect our careers â€“ being defensive, not taking risks and making sure that blame falls on someone else. Â
Recognizing behaviors to avoid can be equally, if not more, useful to career advancement than focusing on behaviors to adopt. Â It will take several pages to get used to the reverse language in the book. Â And sadly, I’m convinced there are some readers who won’t get the point and may actually employ Seiden’s advice literally. Â Flame on brother, flame on….
If you want an entertaining snapshot, take a look at Seiden’s “explosive trailer” below. Â Let’s keep those grenades at the ready and the conversation going.