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Product Details

  • Hardcover: 224 pages
  • Publisher: Harvard Business Review Press (August 3, 2010)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1422155161
  • ISBN-13: 978-1422155165
  • Product Dimensions: 9.3 x 6.4 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 15.2 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (11 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #230,800 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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FROM THE BACK COVER:

“Cathy Benko and Molly Anderson have produced a landmark book that should be read and reread by anyone who cares about improving corporate performance. It argues persuasively that the old corporate ladder metaphor is dead. What has emerged in its place is the corporate lattice, which is flatter and more collaborative and in tune with the changing workplace and workforce. You will find yourself nodding in agreement with the analysis of this new world and taking notes on what to do about it. This is a book that will have a profound and positive impact. I recommend it highly.”
-- Anne Mulcahy, Chairman, Xerox Corporation

“The right model for the times. Lattice takes on worn-out corporate ladder assumptions and convincingly argues that the workplace must adopt more nimble ways to engage its people. This book illuminates a much-needed path forward, showing organizations how to tap into each individual’s performance power to achieve exceptional bottom-line results.”
-- Marshall Goldsmith, world-renowned executive coach and New York Times best-selling author

“The war for talent will never end. Victory will go to those organizations that solve the high performance and career-life quagmire. This book, a sequel to Mass Career Customization, moves beyond theory to everyday practice. It describes how the lattice has been made to work in real companies with great success. Anyone responsible for driving results should read this book.”
-- Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather Worldwide

“Read this book immediately if you want to crack the code on how to build and sustain a truly engaged, diverse workforce. A fascinating read with stunning data; it’s chock full of pragmatic ideas and evocative examples.”
-- John Seely Brown, former Chief Scientist, Xerox Corporation; co-author of The Social Life of Information and The Power of Pull

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“As a follow up to her book, Mass Career Customization, Cathleen Benko and Molly Anderson have teamed up to present The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work.
As outlined in MCC, the world of work is changing, not only for companies, but also for individuals: personal values, diversity, and skills are being viewed differently than they once were, and it’s changing the structure of people’s lives. Because of these factors, more people aren’t necessarily “climbing the ladder” like they once were. They’re working from home and available 24/7 (as opposed to 9 to 5), they’re looking for challenges, and they want to learn new things. Thus, the old corporate model also needs to adjust, and The Corporate Lattice provides the framework to make changes.
As Shelly Lazarus, Chairman, Ogilvy & Mather, states on the back cover: “Anyone responsible for driving results should read this book.” It’s true. Whether you’re an employee, looking for ways to advance your skill set and achieve more, read this book. Or, if you’re a manager and want more from your team, read this book. For both, it’s a clear guide on how to find, or provide, an environment that builds engagement – and that engagement provides both sides a wealth of value. “
-- 800-CEO-READ; The Daily Blog

“I highly recommend the landmark and must read book The Corporate Lattice: Achieving High Performance in the Changing World of Work by Cathleen Benko and Molly Anderson, to anyone seeking a more in depth understanding of the transformation of the modern workplace from a traditional, hierarchical ladder concept to that of a more diverse, and multi-directional corporate lattice framework. The book contains the blueprint to guide corporate leaders and employees toward a more participatory and collaborative company where work and life are better balanced, employees are more engaged and productive, and where the corporate bottom line is improved as well.”
-- Blog Business World

“Also recommended is Cathleen Benko and Molly Anderson’s THE CORPORATE LATTICE: ACHIEVING HIGH PERFORMANCE IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF WORK. Changes in the definition and strategies of the corporate world are also changing definitions of work and how the corporate ladder may be climbed: this book creates a model for allowing companies to create more cost-effective approaches to work, from managing real estate and technology to engaging high-performing workers. Businesses need this model of success for the new corporate environment.”
-- The Business Book Shelf; Book Review

About the Author

Cathleen Benko is Vice Chairman and Chief Talent Officer for Deloitte LLP and co-author of the best-seller Mass Career Customization: Aligning the Workplace with Today’s Nontraditional Workforce. Molly Anderson is Director of Talent for Deloitte Services LP, specializing in innovative strategies to engage today’s workforce.


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Format: Hardcover
Two recent inflection points reflect major changes in the contemporary business world: one involves the replacement of the command-and-control management style with one that affirms authenticity, transparency, empathy, and other qualities once considered "soft"; the other involves the replacement of what Cathleen Benko and Molly Anderson characterize as the "hierarchical corporate ladder" with "a multidimensional corporate lattice(tm)," one whose structure is flatter, within which authority is more widely distributed, one that provides multidirectional career paths and, although driven by team and community commitments, nourishes mutual trust and respect between and among those involved.

As I worked my way through Benko and Anderson's lively narrative, I was reminded of a passage from Walt Whitman's poem, Song of Myself: "Do I contradict myself? Very well, then, I contradict myself. I am large, I contain multitudes." Whitman's affirmation of complexity and diversity could well serve as a mantra for the Lattice mindset. These are its core values:

o Success can be defined many different ways
o Success can be measured many different ways
o Individual growth can be developed many different ways
o When, where, and how it is done is determined in collaboration with those who will do it
o Jobs are competency-based to reflect its dynamic nature
o Information is widely accessible and customizable
o Multi-level co-creation drives engagement and achievement
o Integration of organizational and personal priorities and values
o Multiple career paths to accommodate different goals and competencies

I especially appreciate Benko and Anderson's skillful use of various reader-friendly devices, such as Figures, Tables, and checklists.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By asahai on August 5, 2010
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As leader of an innovation group for a large health care company and president of our corporate women in technology association, I applaud the authors for bringing an innovative perspective on how our workplace can operate more effectively with win win solutions for the employee and company. A great read with practical advice from business experienced authors.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By shui on September 30, 2010
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This book is a fascinating read. It really helped to create a visualization and framework for all the discrete changes that are happening in the workplace. The authors did a great job of articulating a comprehensive business model that offers more than just the one-off solutions that many companies attempt. Instead they show how changes need to be made across the organization in how work gets done, how we collaborate and interact with each other and how careers are developed. I've worked for lattice and non-lattice style organizations and I can personally say that I've achieved more and been a far more effective manager in lattice organizations.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful By SAPna on August 6, 2010
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I found the information very practical and the approach the authors took in explaining the challenging topic of Corporate Workplace is very admirable.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Human Capital Consultant on September 12, 2010
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As a human capital consultant, I'm always looking for insightful, thought-providing ideas to share with my clients. I have recommended this book because I think there are practical ideas and examples to help companies better engage their workforce. Given all the changes in the workplace today, I think the Corporate Lattice provides a framework companies should consider as they set their HR strategies.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Midwest Book Review on December 11, 2010
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A recommended pick is Cathleen Benko and Molly Anderson's THE CORPORATE LATTICE: ACHIEVING HIGH PERFORMANCE IN THE CHANGING WORLD OF WORK. Changes in the definition and strategies of the corporate world are also changing definitions of work and how the corporate ladder may be climbed: this book creates a model for allowing companies to create more cost-effective approaches to work, from managing real estate and technology to engaging high-performing workers. Businesses need this model of success for the new corporate environment.
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