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8 Moving sideways: Benefiting from a lateral move

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As mentioned in earlier chapters, the whole notion of a ‘job for life’ has vanished these days. To make a success of your career now, you need more creativity, flexibility, and originality than ever before. The good news is that the rigid assumption that there’s only one way to succeed in a company—that is, by promotion—has also vanished. Not so long ago, if you weren’t moving up, you were almost certainly fast-tracked out the door.

But today both employers and employees are discovering that lateral career moves are a creative way to build exciting companies and rewarding futures. For their part, ...

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