190: The skill you have, but shouldn’t

We all have one. We think it’s an asset, but it isn’t.

Really, it’s holding us–and everyone around us–back. Consider these examples:

  • The Fantastic Firefighter: So great at jumping in and fixing problems that nobody knows where the system needs improvement.
  • The Flexible Friend: So accommodating that they’ll issue discounts and extensions without any thought to sustainability.
  • The Pedantic Perfectionist: So ‘by the book’ that projects and infrastructure suffer ‘death by minutiae.’

These are all skills. We may even be proud of them.

But what are these skills costing us, and those around us?

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