Trade your ladder for a lattice

11/10/2008 | New York Times (tiered subscription model), The

Climbing the ladder has been the image of how to succeed in business for years, and that model is evolving. The idea of a "corporate lattice" is a better metaphorical model now of the direction career paths take, says Cathy Benko, vice chairwoman and chief talent officer for Deloitte LLP. "Examples of nonlinear careers are everywhere: Women who step out of the work force and then step back in a few years later, Generation X-ers and Y-ers who show less loyalty to a single company, executive men who have climbed the ladder for decades and now insist on carving out more family time as they continue to work."

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