Career management is an interesting and important topic. Roger Ferguson Jr. (president and CEO of TIAA-CREF) shares a life lesson about career management that definitely caught my attention (“How Did I Get Here?: Robert Ferguson Jr.” Bloomberg Businessweek, 4/20/15–4/26/15, p. 84):

Careers are climbing walls, not ladders.

I think that the phrase, “climbing the corporate ladder” has become so much of a cliché that we often forget all that goes into it. Climbing the corporate ladder or any other occupational or professional path is never a cakewalk. It simply is not as easy as climbing a ladder. Most days it is like climbing the walls.

Any professional who wants to advance in his or her field knows about and commits to the very hard work involved. If someone is displeased with the hard work, then perhaps a different livelihood is required. On the other hand, if you want to keep growing and developing, then keep on climbing those walls.

About James Meadows

Currently I serve as a training team manager for Johnson Controls at a customer-care center in Kansas City. Additionally, I am a business consultant, a freelance corporate writer, an Assembly of God ordained minister, a Civil Air Patrol chaplain, and a blogger. I believe we are living in the most fascinating times of human history. To maximize the opportunities these times present, I have a passionate interest in leadership development and organizational success, both of which I view as inextricably linked.

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