Climbing The Ladder …Oops, Where’d It Go?

So we’re having lunch and talking about career plans and possibilities.

As we discussed the changing workplace and the difficulty of knowing how to get where you want to be,  something started nagging at the back of my mind.

While we talked about how the straight line up the corporation career plan has been replaced by a more multi-directional model, that nagging increased.

When I mentioned that he might consider moving laterally or even into a “lesser” position to get the skills and experience he needs for his overall goal, it became a downright itch.

Finally, it hit me …

I was quoting from Help Them Grow or Watch Them GO”.

Beverly Kaye and Julie Winkle Giulioni cleverly use the analogy of a climbing wall to show us how our perceptions of career development need to change a tad:

“The top doesn’t have to be the goal.”

Think about different goals than just “onward and upward”  ~ match your goals to your desires.  Think about what you really want, and not what you think you should want.

“There are countless ways to get from point A to Point B.”

Yeah, it’s about that “onward and upward” stuff again.  While positions of increasing responsibility higher up in the hierarchy are dwindling, the opportunities for fulfilling growth are expanding.  You just have to look around  and not only up.

“Sometimes getting to your ultimate destination requires a move down the wall a bit.”

Flexibility and creativity have always been valued in the workplace, at least by the smart folks.   Now, more than ever, they have become essential workplace skills.  Develop the ability to see other paths and other ways of getting where you want to be.

“You can choose safer or riskier moves, more or less secure foot-/handholds, depending upon the conditions that present themselves”

This is gold ~  a reminder that we always have the final choice on what we do and do not and the amount of risk we assume.  Coupled with a nice reminder that context and situation do matter, since they determine what we have to choose from, this is a valuable reference point.   You may not have all the options you want, but you always have the ability to choose the option that works best for you.

I love useful books:)

This is one very useful book:)

Maybe you should read it:)

Leaning back and letting that subtle hint soak into your consciousness in  the Heartland ….


Photo credit:  Robert Lawson in 2006 at Scott AirFest, Scott AFB, Illinois reproduced through ShareAlike 2.5



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