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Double Outsiders by Jessica Faye Carter JD MBA

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CHAPTER 2 Career Chutes and Ladders

Many people refer to business as a “game,” and it certainly bears a strong resemblance to some of the games we play for fun. One particular children’s game bears a surprising resemblance to the process of rising (or falling) through the ranks of corporate America. That game is Chutes and Ladders®

The game centers around certain squares set intermittently throughout the board. The important squares include either the beginning of a ladder or the starting point for a chute. Other squares on the board force the player to miss a turn or award an extra turn; still others are blank or show the end point of a chute or a ladder.

Corporate America has many similarities. As with the game, everyone comes “on board.” Like ...

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