Over is the new up!
The career ladder is broken. And nobody will miss it. Ladders are narrow, unstable and merciless.
Career lattices offer flexible, sustainable career growth in multiple directions. On career lattices, people gain new skills, expertise and experience through strategic lateral positions that qualify them for advancement. Lattices open a panorama of career opportunities for advancement at a staff position or through self-employment or both. Career lattices are the predominant mode of talent development in nearly all industries, due in no small part to the advocacy and clarity of Joanne Cleaver’s work as an author, trainer and expert.
Joanne Cleaver has been working the career lattice for her entire career, as both a freelancer and as a staffer. Even before her book, The Career Lattice (McGraw Professional, 2012), crystallized an emerging trend into a clear-cut strategy, Cleaver intuitively used career lattice strategies to build a resilient career spanning more than four decades. See a sketch of her own career lattice here.
Career lattice strategies drive continual growth for both individuals and employers. Individuals and employers need complementary training to make the most of this flexible strategy, which ensures that individuals are always learning and growing, and that employers are continually cultivating the talent they need for tomorrow’s opportunities. Here at The Career Lattice, individuals and employers will find an array of free tools and for-fee training and resources for putting career lattice strategies in gear.