Remodeling Corporate Ladders to Lattices

Wandering the gargantuan exhibit hall at the California Women’s Conference in Long Beach ast week I noticed up ahead a sign for Deloitte. Wondering if anyone at the booth might know about the book Mass Career Customization, I dodged the crowd – including Al Roker – to get closer, only to recognize the author herself, Cathleen Benko chatting with a conference attendee.

As she finished her chat, I introduced myself to her colleagues and explained that I’d referenced Mass Career Customization extensively in my own book This is Not How I Thought It Would Be: Remodeling Motherhood to Get the Lives We Want Today even getting permission to include the graphic that illustrates the four dimensions along which a job can be customized.

In return, they generously gave me a copy of the new book The Corporate Lattice.

So when I had the chance to chat with Benko, I had a book for her to sign. She wrote:

“If we want to change the result, it’s time to change the model.”

Absolutely! One might even say it’s time to “remodel” everything based on all new assumptions that match our rapidly changing world and workplaces.

Time to toss the old assumptions that work and life are separate, that jobs have to be one-size-fits-all. The realities of the world today are changing even faster than we’re able to shift away from those old beliefs over to the new blueprint offered in The Corporate Lattice for this remodel: “High performance and career-life fit are mutually reinforcing.”

Here’s an illustration of the way that belief remodels the career ladder into a lattice.

Do you believe “High performance and career-life fit are mutually reinforcing?” Does your organization act like it believes it? Can either of you afford not to?

P.S. For an interactive exercise that can help you think about your ideal job while at the same time rethinking our assumptions about one-size-fits-all jobs visit Mass Career Customization. For more cool graphics and an excerpt, visit The Corporate Lattice website.

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