Up is Not the Only Way:
Rethinking Career Mobility

by Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams, and Lynn Cowart

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Move up or move out. When those two options appear to be the only ones, dissatisfaction grows and engagement suffers. In decades of studying careers around the globe, Beverly Kaye, Lindy Williams, and Lynn Cowart have found that, in fact, there are more options. And rethinking career mobility can lead you to them!

Career mobility isn't just about moving to a new city or country. It's about stretching, learning, and transforming. Whether you're working on your own career or you're a manager, a mentor, or a coach helping others, Up Is Not the Only Way offers you six ways to build successful mobile careers.

Keep the same job but discover multiple ways to learn and grow while staying in the same place. If a new job in the same company is in the cards, experiment and test possibilities. Make a lateral move as a powerful way to develop new skills. If stepping back is the right answer, discover how it can be done without derailing a career. Pursue a promotion when it's the right time and role. And if it's time to step out the door, the authors suggest how to make an elegant exit that maybe leaves open the possibility of a return one day.

The book includes important questions to consider—about interests, skills, values, and timing—when choosing to enrich or make a change. For each option, Up Is Not the Only Way explores how managers, coaches, and employees can have rich career conversations and partner to determine the best courses of action.

Rather than narrowing aspirations to one dream job or role, Kaye, Williams, and Cowart encourage readers to take a “kaleidoscope” view—to be open to ever-shifting patterns of options, opportunities, and possibilities—to build a rewarding career.



Where to Buy

Indie BoundBerrett-Koehler

Praise for Up is Not the Only Way:
Rethinking Career Mobility

“This book is a refreshing take on a topic of interest to nearly everyone. Like a multifaceted diamond, it gives light in many directions”

Jack Zenger
CEO, Zenger Folkman, and bestselling coauthor of The Extraordinary Leader and Speed

“Filled with one ‘aha!’ moment after another, this book inspires and educates. It teaches us that career success is not one-size-fits-all. You’ll never think of your career in the same way again.””

Marshall Goldsmith
International bestselling author or editor of thirty-five books, including What Got You Here Won’t Get You There and Triggers

“Today, lateral moves, stretch assignments, and career resets are all part of the lifelong journey toward professional success and personal fulfillment. This book is an invaluable tool to navigate this complex new landscape.”

Sekhar Ramaswamy
Chief Talent Officer, Prudential

“I’ve found that individuals join organizations that they believe will grow their careers. This book will help everyone prepare for the development conversation and understand what it takes to own your own learning.”

Kimo Kippen
Vice President, Global Workforce Initiatives, Hilton


More About Up is Not the Only Way

Sample Chapters, Podcasts, and Article

Sample Chapters

Download the first three chapters: Up Was Never for Everyone; Telescope to Kaleidiscope; and Leave the Ladder Behind.

CLO Show Podcast

Beverly Kaye discusses importance of career development with Patrick Hodgdon.

ATD Podcast

Sue Kaiden interviews Beverly Kaye about her ATD session and concepts from Up is Not the Only Way.

Paths to Patterns

Navigating a career in today's workplace requires a different way of thinking. Published in Talent Management Magazine.

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About the Authors

Beverly Kaye is an internationally recognized authority and best selling author on career development, employee engagement and retention. A sought after, dynamic and committed speaker, her presentations are known for engaging participants, stimulating learning and inspiring action. Founder of Career Systems International (CSI) a talent management company, Beverly Kaye’s innovative and cutting edge thinking have helped organizations solve their greatest challenges in employee engagement, by creating impact with measurable and sustainable results. She was among the first to recognize the importance of career development as part of an organization’s development process.
Lindy Williams
Lindy Williams is a designer and senior consultant with Career Systems International (CSI). Her extensive background in training, human resource development and career development enables her to partner with clients and internal subject matter experts in leveraging internal support processes while building innovative approaches to manage today's issues while preparing for tomorrow's opportunities. She has held roles in operations and human resources before stepping out of the corporate world to work on designing and implementing award-winning development processes. Lindy is a gifted speaker, workshop facilitator, career coach and author.
Lynn Cowart
Lynn Cowart is the Vice President for quality delivery at Career Systems International (CSI). She brought twenty years of HR experience working with some of the most successful and powerful names in business to her current role ensuring CSI delivers solutions that are simple, engaging, flexible, and business focused. She has spoken at many conferences and facilitated executive coaching, change management, and strategic staffing initiatives for mid and senior-level executives as well as career transition programs, retention and engagement strategies, assessment interviewing, and training for all organizational levels.