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Up Is Not the Only Way: Rethinking Career Mobility Paperback – September 12, 2017
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“A practical, insightful guide written for employees, leaders, and HR professionals who are committed to career development for individual and organizational success.”
—Marcia J. Avedon, PhD, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, Communications and Corporate Affairs, Ingersoll Rand, plc
“Up Is Not the Only Way is so timely in today's ever-changing business world. This book provides a great mind map for how all people should be thinking about their careers, their ambitions, and what success really can look like for today and thirty years from now. I just wish I had it when I was just starting out!”
—Rob Lauber, Senior Vice President and Chief Learning Officer, McDonald's Corporation
“A thoughtful and practical guide for HR executives, managers, and employees, who all want to make career mobility conversations happen.”
—Peter Capelli, George W. Taylor Professor of Management and Director, Center for Human Resources, The Wharton School
“A bright gem of a book that's perfect for this new era of work, where mobility is critical to meaning and mastery at work. Whether you're just starting out or making a midcareer transition, it's a great way to reassess the path you are on.”
—Jim Kouzes, coauthor of the bestselling The Leadership Challenge and Dean's Executive Fellow of Leadership, Leavey School of Business, Santa Clara University
“This book is a refreshing take on a topic of interest to nearly everyone. Like a multifaceted diamond, it gives light in many directions. I heartily recommend this book to all.”
—Jack Zenger, CEO, Zenger Folkman, and bestselling coauthor of The Extraordinary Leader and Speed
“One responsibility of all leaders is to grow the talent on their team. This book suggests an array of mobility conversations and will help any leader feel more comfortable with that conversation.”
—Rosabeth Moss Kanter, Professor, Harvard Business School, and Chair and Director, Harvard University Advanced Leadership Initiative
“A great talent strategy focuses most on finding and growing the best talent in an organization. Bev Kaye and team provide practical, trusted insights for building strength from within.”
—Marc Effron, President, The Talent Strategy Group
“This is the first book that addresses the changed career environment of the 21st century and provides concrete career management steps you can take. Regardless of your tenure or organizational level, it will give you effective control of your career and newfound success.”
—China Gorman, Advisor, Speaker, and Board Member, Universum, Motivis Learning, and PeopleStrong
“Helping people grow should be in the job description of every leader at every level. This book makes it easier for both managers and direct reports to talk about career development. Up Is Not the Only Way is a must-read!”
—Ken Blanchard, coauthor of The New One Minute Manager® and One Minute Mentoring
“Filled with one ‘aha!' moment after another, Up Is Not the Only Way inspires and educates. It teaches us that career success is not one-size-fits-all—and that's a good thing. You'll never think of your career in the same way again.”
—Marshall Goldsmith, international bestselling author or editor of thirty-five books, including What Got You Here Won't Get You There and Triggers
“The authors have written the only book I know of its kind, addressing a critically important career topic. Is there any other book like this?”
—Verne Harnish, author of Scaling Up and CEO, Gazelles
“A lively, compelling read that voices the work/life considerations that are on the minds of many mid- to senior-level professionals and their managers. It hits the mark with powerful examples of career mobility options that can drive tremendous personal as well as professional satisfaction.”
—Ed Tetrault, Senior Vice President and Chief Human Resources Officer, Apex Tool Group
“A must-read for everyone in today's workforce as it provides valuable insights and practical approaches for meaningful career discussions.”
—Tamar Elkeles, PhD, Chief Talent Executive, Atlantic Bridge Capital, LLC
“With the high demand and limited supply of available talent in our industry and more of our employee base being made up of millennials, we needed an approach to developing talent that would enable us to attract and more importantly retain our people. We have leveraged the concepts from this book to create a strategic talent development approach for our organization that works!”
—Joel Tobin, Vice President, Talent Acquisition and Development, Catalent Pharma Solutions
“This book will open your eyes to the landscape of possibilities beyond what lies ahead—for yourself, your employees, your family, your friends, and your organization.”
—Sue Padernacht, Chief Learning Officer and Vice President, Talent and Organization Development, Tribune Online Content
“No talent strategy can be complete without the proper attention on how employees can grow within their current organizations. Written in a practical manner, this book offers great ideas for preparing for those development conversations.”
—Jayne Johnson, Vice President, Global Organization and Leadership Development, Vertex Pharmaceuticals
“This is one of those rare books that speaks to both the employee and the manager, recognizing that a career conversation is a two-way dialogue. Both need to know how to have effective and robust conversations that take into account the realities of career mobility today—as ‘up' is not the only way anymore!”
—Meribeth Germino, MALD, Principal Executive Development Consultant, Learning and Organization Development, Genentech
“The traditional career ladder, where people advance rung by rung, is gone. Today, lateral moves, stretch assignments, and career resets are all part of the lifelong journey toward professional success and personal fulfillment. This book is an invaluable tool in helping people navigate this complex new landscape.”
—Sekhar Ramaswamy, Chief Talent Officer, Prudential
“Everybody deserves career bliss! This book is the GPS, the compass that everybody should follow no matter where you are in your career. Your employees will thank you. You will thank yourself.”
—Jamie Graceffa, Director of Organizational Development, Philips, and author of Career Control
“In my experience, I've found that individuals join organizations that they believe will grow their careers. This book will help managers and employees at any level prepare for the development conversation and understand what it takes to own your own learning.”
—Kimo Kippen, Vice President, Global Workforce Initiatives, Hilton
“As organizations become flatter and new technologies push businesses to transform, the most sought-after and successful employees have a variety of experiences that allow them to connect dots across silos, build relationships across departments, and prove they are agile—succeeding in lots of different assignments and challenges. Traditional career paths don't often give you these experiences. This book helps readers understand the many ways they can grow their careers, how to evaluate their options, and what steps to take to achieve their goals.”
—Lauren Starkand, Senior Vice President, Talent and Diversity, Global Consumer Banking, Citi
“To successfully navigate this new era of career growth and talent development, we all need fresh thinking as well as time-tested tools. This book accomplishes both objectives, providing those contemplating ‘what's next?' and ‘what's best for me?' with a contemporary game plan firmly grounded in the wisdom of experience. I highly recommend it for all.”
—Kevin D. Wilde, Executive Leadership Fellow, Carlson School of Management, University of Minnesota, and former Chief Learning Officer, General Mills
“Up Is Not the Only Way provides an elegant and simple approach to the complex challenge of career in today's organizations. By enlisting individuals, their leaders, and organizations in a mindful ‘think about, talk about' approach, the authors inspire positive accountability for managing careers in an uncertain world.”
—Tim Richmond, Senior Vice President, Human Resources, AbbVie
“Up Is Not the Only Way is a classic ‘teach them to fish' tool for thinking broadly about professional growth and building personally fulfilling, custom careers.”
—Fran Lawler, Vice President of Human Resources, Engineered Fastening, Stanley Black & Decker
“Knowing yourself is the key to personal success (however you define it), and this book has many practical ways to accomplish that.”
—Amy Meeuwenberg, Lead Performance and Engagement Specialist, Enterprise Talent Development, Amway
Bestselling author Beverly Kaye (Love ’Em or Lose ’Em―700,000 copies sold), joins coauthors Lynn Cowart and Lindy Williams to deliver a revolutionary and motivational guide to rethinking career mobility as a kaleidoscope, not a ladder.
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The Note from the Authors in the beginning states "...It's about creating ongoing, two-way, formal and informal communication between individuals and their managers, coaches, mentors, and others to ensure that career experiences reach maximum potential and possibilities." and "The book is about building career patterns from all types of experiences, understanding what mobility means at the individual level, and engaging in dialogue that brings it all to life."
In other words the book is designed to be centered on you and how you can best achieve the career of your dreams whether it is up, down or lateral to what you are doing. In the 50's, 60's and even 70's there were predictable career paths and ladders and as the stability of the types of work, the job market and companies became more and more changed and let's face it unstable different career paths emerged, but even now not everyone recognizes that the traditional ladders and paths are gone. I really like that the book states "Up was never for everyone. It still isn't." and focuses on career mobility in terms of the market today and the individual's desires as to what they want.
The book is blunt, honest and unflinching about the job market and what it is and how you can manage your career with the help of managers, coaches and mentors. They also include a link and password for their website (very sparse though) which adds additional depth to the reading experience with an interactive circle. (I would suggest making the circle larger as it was hard to read and align when you got to the values circle).
There are a lot of career books out there from the industry staple (What Color is Your Parachute) to newer, innovative books for finding your place in the job market that make no sense when you are trying to get a job or advance. This particular book is excellent in terms of overview, practical advice and common sense ideas in this world of changing industries and careers.
* Modern organizational structures are flattening and the vertical ladder is no longer as much of an opportunity as it used to be.
* Consider lateral movements to grow your skills
* Sometimes going up the ladder is the right way
* Sometimes leaving for a new opportunity is the right way
Got it? Cool. No need to buy the book and spend a couple of hours reading it.
Listen, in today's world, YOU are responsible for your career, not your manager. Have open and honest conversations about what you want and don't think you have to make your entire career occur in the two years. Work with them to get where you want to be. Take your time and grow. You will be way less stressed out and way less ready to jump from a ledge from the stress.