The economy is changing, fast. How should you adapt? Neil Irwin, a leading economics writer, spent years studying how career paths work in some of the most innovative companies in the world—and what differentiates those who thrive from those who falter. He will show with vivid examples from companies like Microsoft, Netflix, and Goldman Sachs and many smaller companies with useful lessons to offer, the traits and abilities a person needs to cultivate to win in the 21st century economy.
Become a glue person. Become conversant in multiple disciplines, so that you can act as a bridge between different functions.
Lean into discomfort. It's easy to keep doing what you are naturally good at. The path to success is being good enough in areas that don't come as easily.
Develop the three year itch. If you're getting too comfortable in a job or role, it is time to stretch and make yourself uncomfortable again.
It's not a career ladder, it's a career lattice. Not every productive step is upward. Lateral or even downward steps can position you for bigger things.
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Neil Irwin is the author of "How to Win in a Winner-Take-All World," a book about navigating a career in the 21st century economy. He is also the author of "Alchemists: Three Central Bankers and a World on Fire" and a senior economic correspondent...