Challenge me. Stretch me. I’m not as worried about being promoted as I am about learning, growing, and seeing my talents used in new and different ways.

—An employee (perhaps yours)

Insight and growth are all about possibilities. But the problem is that managers and employees alike frequently have an outdated view of what those possibilities are. Growth in today’s business environment means bidding adieu to some old thinking.

Say good-bye to the career ladder. Organizational belttightening and delayering continue to eat away at the leadership headcount in most organizations. The upper layers of the pyramid (which have always been slimmer) have ...

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