Chapter 56. Good Career Planning Requires You to Know Yourself

A young executive named Robert reluctantly went through the General Electric career-planning program: three days of looking at where he wanted to be at what stage of his working life. Rather busy at the time, 24-year-old Robert felt it was a bit early for this kind of thing. However, after completing the assignments, he realized that being in charge of many people meant a lot to him. He determined that his long-term goal was to be the top person in his profession at a major company before he was 50.

When Robert’s career started to stall at a major Fortune 50 company, that objective stuck in his mind. He knew he needed to move if he were to make it to his goal. Robert worked for four ...

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