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Career advancement, is the only way up?

What is the recipe for successful achievement? To my mind there are just four essential ingredients: Choose a career you love, give it the best there is in you, seize your opportunities, and be a member of the team. – Benjamin Franklin Fairless



There is an assumption that when one enters into the workforce, one must continue to ‘move on up’.

‘Moving up’ can come in many forms, usually, it is about taking on more  operational management responsibilities along with increased reporting lines.

The truth is, however, there are some who do not seek that type of ‘moving up’, but instead, prefer to do what they love doing without the operational management responsibilities. ‘Moving up’ for some may simply mean more problems to solve. ‘Moving up’ for some may simply mean more research, sales, mobility … it could be anything.

As the world’s societal norms change, and as the definition of success is reassessed,  operational management responsibilities should go to those who have a passion for it and have a set of skills that would serve them, and those who report to them, well.

Each person has a place and each person adds value in what they know and do  best, and that way may not be ‘up the operational management ladder‘.


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