Bernie Anderson
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Jumping Off Ladders


There’s a long-standing tradition in America of climbing corporate ladders.

The assumption and the promise are that if you stay with the organization long enough, you’ll eventually move to a management position. You get to be the boss. Work hard enough for long enough, you too can move up the org chart. Maybe become your boss’ boss. Or C-suite. A VP, president, or CEO of the organizational empire. King of the hill.

But this kind of thinking doesn’t work in real life. Companies aren’t really structured like that anymore.

And even for the ones that are, everybody can’t be the president - no matter how long they’ve been with the company.

We live in a day when climbing ladders are no longer necessary - or even desirable.

When you get to the top, you might not like the view, anyway.

If you feel stuck, try jumping off the ladder altogether.  There’re lots of places to hang out in this city.

And it doesn’t have to be at the top.