Extreme careerism is the downfall of corporate culture, which is funny to me because it’s the corporation that breeds the trait.
Extreme careerism is the focus on ones own career “growth” as the primary goal, rather than on quality of owns performance. It can be seen visibly through things like:
- Uncomfortable dress clothing – suits and ties, tucked in dress shirts, expensive and uncomfortable shoes, etc
- Status presentations – especially when presented to an unnecessarily large audience. Usually this “opportunity” to present is gifted by a manager who says (and believes) it will be good for ones career
- Public praises – After a project milestone is reached or a bid is won, even if the performance was low in getting there, it is customary for a Senior VP to send a congratulatory email with 100’s of people on copy. These emails are more for the management to remind people how important he is, than to say congratulations (wouldn’t a personal stop by the person’s desk or buying them coffee mean a lot more to the person?)
- Work extremely hard to have real value increase
- Work hard to improve perceived value, even at the impediment of real value increase