Ways You Give Your Power Away @Work

There are many ways you give your power away in your career, often without you even knowing it. Over the next few posts, I’ll be sharing some of these ways with you.

Here’s the first:

You spend too much time and energy trying to change others.

We all do this. We want to change our boss, our co-worker, our husband—you name it. At one time, I felt like I spent a lifetime trying to change a few people on my team.

Here’s the reality: You can’t. People only change when they want to. You give away your power when you spend time and energy trying to do the work for them–when you want it more than they do.

You may be doing it for their good. You may be doing it for your good. Either way, it’s no good.

So, stop.

Change your approach. Change the way you see them. Change your attitude. Change your circumstances. Change your mind.

Use your power for the one person you can change: you.



Copyright 2014 Michelle Kerrigan


  1. Reply

    Hi Michelle, this is a great attitude to have. I realized a long time ago that all the energy we waste trying to change others could be used to be better at what I do!


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