The One Career Mistake that you Should Never, Ever Make

August 22, 2006

I hesitated over the title of this entry, because there are a lot of dumb career mistakes that you should never, ever make. But there’s one that I can think of that is more egregious than most, and many people make it without thinking about it. I don’t remember where I learned this one, but it’s one of those things that I have learned that has always made my career a little smoother than it probably would have been otherwise:

Never, ever, ever, ever get on the bad side of human resources.

That simple.

I’ve seen people do it, and it’s almost always just about the worst thing that they can do – their life becomes more and more difficult. This is especially true as the company gets smaller – the person who runs HR almost always has the ear of someone important, and you’d be better off wearing a sign that says “I hate my career” than get in a fight with the head of HR.

It’s funny – sometimes the simplest rules are the most profound.

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2 Responses to “The One Career Mistake that you Should Never, Ever Make”

  1. Dennis Cox on August 22nd, 2006 3:12 pm

    Okay Mike – is this from personal experience? Why you left nCircle? Just the timing seems interesting.

  2. Mike Murray on August 22nd, 2006 6:30 pm


    No, Dennis, not from personal experience, and definitely not at nCircle. I had a great relationship with the US head of HR (Hi Beverly :) , and an even better one with the Canadian head of HR (who is my wife).

    This one is purely from watching others make the mistake.

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