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September 13, 2010


This is the best "defense" of lateral moves that I've read, so thanks for writing it.

Particularly important is overcoming our egos and the notion that somehow a lateral is a backward move rather than a growth one. It tells the company that our interest is first about the work than ourselves, even though, as you suggest, a lateral is a positioning move that can result in promotion.

I also love your advice about being fully engaged in the details of the transaction, which is the actual move. Too often, employees leave it up to others, thus disengaging from the business of managing their careers.

A terrific and essential post, beautifully crafted! ~Dawn

@Dawn: So glad you found it helpful, and thanks so much for your kind words. I'm grateful that you're here.

great stuff! I've done 3 lateral moves in the past 5 years and they were all related to at least one of the topics above.

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