How can you improve your work productivity and relationships in 2014? By not doing the same old, same old. To stop making the same mistakes over and over, you need to understand what it is that you're actually doing wrong in the first place, and learn how to fix it. I've listed the mistakes I know you're making, even if you don't. What are they?
1. Not paying attention. More work and less time equaled some sloppiness on your part. Documents went out the door with errors, and at some point you were the victim of an email snafu—you answered so quickly you either “replied all” by accident or forwarded something you shouldn’t have.
2. Focusing too much on you, you, you. Were you perhaps a bit selfish this year? Yes, you're the boss and you're extremely busy, but if you're too self-absorbed, your workplace relationships suffer. Remember, as cliche as it may be, "There's no 'I' in team."
3. Lying to cover up an honest mistake. There’s nothing wrong with a little fib, right? Until you get caught, that is. If your employees catch wind of it, you'll lose their respect and trust. Nobody’s perfect. Next time, just come clean.
4. Not pursuing professional development. Maybe you’ve been around the block a few times and don’t think you need to learn anything new about your industry or job. Training is not just for junior level people; if you didn’t take your skills up a notch in 2013, make it a goal in 2014.
For more, check out the full post at the AMEX Open Forum.