Ep 128: Avoiding Derailment, with Lucie Ilbury

In this episode, Richard is joined by Lucie Ilbury, for a discussion about derailment – and how to avoid it.

Derailment occurs when behaviour and performance mean someone’s career advancement is slowed or even halted completely. It can mean someone gets ‘stuck’ at a set level of seniority, or that their employment is terminated completely.

They discuss how building our self-awareness can help us minimise the risk of career derailment.¬†Lucie explores some of the common routes into this negative outcome, including overplaying our strengths. It’s important to think beyond the stereotypes of ‘snakes in suits’ when reflecting on derailment – it can happen to anyone, due to a combination of person, personality and context.

If you have questions about derailment or how to build your self-awareness, please get in touch. You can email us at: podcast at worklifepsych dot com.

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Find out more about Lucie Ilbury here: https://www.worklifepsych.com/about-us/lucie-ilbury/

Listen to a discussion about values and how to use them here: https://www.worklifepsych.com/podcast/ep-053-psychflex-in-action-1-values-into-action-with-ross-mcintosh/


  • Date February 9, 2023
  • Tags Careers, Effectiveness