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Pyramids, Not Ladders

Carol Bartz, Autodesk

In this clip, Carol Bartz points out that young workers needn’t be afraid of a lateral career move. Ambition often focuses only on upward motion, whereas well-rounded experience in a number of departments – sales, marketing, or customer service, just to name a few – gives a career a solid foundation. Ladders are unstable, Bartz says, but pyramids have depth, safety, and strength.