A good question popped up in yesterday’s Lattice webinar hosted by Monster.com, the online recruiting supersite: Are lattices mainly relevant for a slow-growth economy, or will they evaporate once economic recovery truly takes hold?
Lattices are here to stay. Here’s why.
The traditional ‘ladder’ rewards managing vertical relationship. Your boss manages you. You manage your boss. You manage your subordinates. Your subordinates manage you. But peer relationships are the currency of the connected economy. From social media to peer lending to peer services, such as Air BnB, economic relationships are realigning over. Career relationships must follow suit, tapping a whole new arena of peer power for networking and growth.
The next era of growth won’t be like the last one. Organizations will have to quickly muster teams, and the teams that can get products to market first and best will be comprised of multi-faceted individuals. Sure, you’ll still need some tech geniuses, but those tech geniuses will be worth more if they also have a working knowledge of marketing and customer service. Lateral rotations within teams will become a key career driver; that’s how individuals will plot and pursue their next positions — lateral or not.
Employers like Chubb Insurance, represented for the Monster webinar by AVP of diversity and inclusion Sabrina McCoy, have handed career direction to employees, asking them to find and win lateral developmental moves as well as traditional promotions. Once that power is delegated, companies can’t take it back.
The future is latticed. Lattice….or let go.
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