The corporate ladder – don’t rush to start climbing

Wanting to climb the corporate ladder is a perfectly natural feeling feeling for most of us. After all, it is a clear demonstration of progress – not just to ourselves, but also to our peers. Few graduates would deny that they have such aspirations.

Corporate organisations are like a jungle. There is a clear hierarchy, with a well-developed food chain and an inherent superiority at the top of the trees. The view from the top is no doubt spectacular and far-reaching but it is a long way from the jungle floor where most of the activity is.rainforest
The further up the tree one climbs, the more distant becomes the view of the undergrowth and the life which thrives in it. Learning about how a business operates involves a great deal of studying the undergrowth – spending time there, understanding how everything fits together and what makes it work.

However tempting it might be to start climbing, the moment one starts heading skywards is the moment it becomes more difficult to further study the undergrowth in any great detail and to appreciate how it all hangs together. It will never again be as easy – coming back down from above is never as appealing as climbing upwards.

We all learn and develop at our own pace. We know that we need to be able to walk before trying to run – and the same is the case with the corporate ladder. The best way of preparing ourselves for future success is by resisting the natural urge to start climbing until we’re ready.

Those who remain in the undergrowth will have altogether more respect for us later, when we’re surveying the view from the top.


Feel free to comment on this post – I’d be interested to hear your views.
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