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Sarah Green Carmichael

Stop Trying to Be Indispensable at Work

“Be indispensable” is flawed advice. Yes, it may provide some job security but good luck trying to advance in your career.

You don’t have to do it all.

You don’t have to do it all.

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“Be indispensable.” This commonly given career advice is hard to argue with. No doubt it sounds appealing these days, with a softening economy and layoffs once again dominating the business news. It’s advice I’ve tried to follow for much of my own working life.

But the idea is deeply flawed.