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Today’s employees want meaningful work and a better work-life balance. Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams and Lynn Cowart – three consultants who’ve experienced the six possible career paths covered here – offer a manual about the different ways your career can grow. They explore “enrichment, exploratory, lateral, realignment” and “relocation” strategies as well as “vertical” upward growth. Their advice is a solid conversation starter for managers who want to retain top talent and for employees who are eager for professional development. Its blue color scheme and large, boldface font sizes are whimsical though distracting. getAbstract recommends this insightful guidebook to managers, employees and HR professionals. 

In this summary, you will learn

  • How to consider six different career paths,
  • Why you should examine these choices and
  • What companies can do to make different career paths enticing. 

About the Authors

Beverly Kaye also wrote Love ’Em or Lose ’Em and Help Them Grow or Watch Them Go. She founded Career Systems International, where Lynn Cowart is vice president of quality delivery and Lindy Williams, who formerly worked at American Express, is a senior consultant.



More Than One Direction

Everyone hopes for and expects “career mobility.” Employees want to take ownership of their careers. Assess your professional development to define what matters most to you. Take stock of your skills, interests, values and goals. Ask for feedback from those you trust. Enlist help from managers, coaches and mentors.

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    Katherine Botta 1 year ago
    I personally like to see all my options before I chose something. This was a great perspective of your career step choices. As a youth, I only saw the lateral path. This made me realize that it is ok to go in any direction not just up to be successful and happy with your career.
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    Bader Alhousainy 1 year ago
    Straight to the point, sometimes we know what we want but don't know how to do it. In this summary it takes you from the gray area to the right place, where you will know what next step to be done. Up is not always the right move, alternatives should be considered too.
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    Yves Enderlin 2 years ago
    stay confident and patient in your carrer orientation...a lateral step is also a way to climb to your ideal
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    周益林 2 years ago