Where do you see yourself in five years? If you've ever interviewed for a job, chances are you've been asked this question and thought about what your goals are for the future. What do you hope to accomplish? What type of position do you think you'd like? Today's employees are contemplating these issues and are gaining influence in their organizations by developing rounded skills that address a wide array of needs. In her book, "The Career Lattice: How Lateral Move Strategies Can Grow Careers and Companies," (McGraw-Hill Professional/Available in June), author Joanne Clever examines this trend and makes the case that the lateral move is no longer considered a death sentence for your career. Instead, it's an opportunity to enrich skill sets and place talented professionals in roles where they can have a positive impact. What kinds of companies will help you get where you want to go? Clever explores characteristics of "lattice" companies that you can look for when evaluating your next position. Cleaver is a corporate coach specializing in the recruitment, retention and deployment of diverse talent, with clients such as Comcast and Time Warner.
Lateral changes are perceived as value-development opportunities, not "dead end" propositions.
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