13. Where’s my ladder?
Ambition is like a ladder. Without two strong sides and rungs arranged at regular intervals, chances of a safe climb are very slim indeed.
Young managers want to scamper up the ambition ladder. The faster the pace, the better they like it. Seasoned managers, either patient and not in an unrealistic hurry to be put in a position that might expose their weaknesses, or who have decided later in their careers to tackle the climb, use each rung as a learning experience to assist them on their vertical climbs in their chosen professions.
Is there one route that is best? To each his own.
But on principle, each rung of a career ascension should be used as an opportunity to learn about your company and yourself.
A career should not be judged by how fast a person gets to a certain position, but what the person brings to the corporate table when placed in a decision-making role.
Whatever your pace, make it your ultimate goal to learn how to manage in a way that realizes the most efficiency and effective benefits for your company.
Find the company that you know is a good fit. Secure the ladder that fits your personality, abilities, and goals.
There’s no elevator to the top of the ladder. It takes hard work and you need to be in shape to climb it.
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