Summary of The Corporate Lattice

Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work

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The Corporate Lattice book summary
If you seem to be going sideways up the corporate ladder, never fret. That’s the lattice, and it’s better for you – really.


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Rooted in the industrial era, the corporate ladder takes an outdated, one-size-fits-all view of work. In the ladder world, work is where you go from 9 to 5. Success means a bigger title, office and paycheck, plus more power and prestige. Today’s world is different, explain Deloitte vice chairman Cathleen Benko and talent director Molly Anderson. Globalization and technology are creating firms with fewer rungs and more options for how, when and where to work. Employees are also profoundly different and more diverse. Workers’ needs and expectations don’t match those of the former homogeneous workforce. The ladder is collapsing. The “corporate lattice” is emerging. getAbstract recommends this innovative explanation of the lattice model and how it aligns with the new world of work by allowing more options, careers that zig and zag, work that can be done many ways and good ideas that can come from anyone, anywhere, anytime.

In this summary, you will learn

  • Why the “corporate lattice” is replacing the traditional corporate ladder,
  • How “lattice ways” mark this shift, and
  • How the lattice applies to employers and employees.


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The corporate ladder has been the de facto 20th century standard that shaped the way companies operated – sometimes consciously and sometimes not. But now deeply held assumptions based on the ladder are limiting companies’ ability to respond to the changing corporate landscape...
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About the Authors

Cathleen Benko, vice chairman at Deloitte LLP, is the best-selling author of Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace with Today’s Nontraditional Workforce and Connecting the Dots: Aligning Projects and Objectives in Unpredictable Times. Molly Anderson is a talent director at Deloitte Services LP, specializing in innovative talent strategies.

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