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  • "In the past, building a steady (if unspectacular) career by honing a craft was not looked down on. Professionals won the respect of their peers by a dedication to the task in hand. The modern career path of the fast-tracked executive looks completely different. They leap from one “stretch assignment” to another in an accelerated journey to the top. It is not obvious that this leads to more capable management or better leadership."
    Stefan Stern, British management journalist and academic
    Source: Independent (London) (May 15, 2012)
  • "Soon the emphasis will be on getting a life instead of a career, and work will be viewed as a series of gigs or projects."
    Jonas Ridderstråle (1966–), Swedish academic and author
    Source: Funky Business (cowritten with Kjell Nordström, 2000)
  • "I got my start by giving myself a start."
    C. J. Walker (18671919), US business executive
    Source: Quoted in On Her Own Ground: The Life and Times of Madam C. J. Walker (A'Lelia Bundles, 2000)
  • "Security no longer comes from being employed. It comes from being employable."
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1943–), US management theorist, academic, and writer
    Source: Changing Workplace Alert (1997)
  • "Your career is literally your business."
    Theodore Levitt (19252006), US management theorist, writer, and editor
    Source: Only the Paranoid Survive (1996)
  • "The emerging work paradox is that in a post-job world, the only viable long-term career is to be a temp."
    Anonymous
    Source: Quoted in Management Today (February 1995)
  • "The stepladder is gone, and there's not even the implied structure of an industry's rope ladder. It's more like vines, and you bring your own machete."
    Peter F. Drucker (19092005), US management consultant and academic
    Referring to to the impact of rapid organizational change.
    Source: Quoted in How to Manage (Ray Wild, 1995)
  • "The world's best poker players don't hanker for jobs in casino management."
    Tom Peters (1942–), US management consultant and author
    Source: Liberation Management (1992)
  • "In many corporations managers now work with one eye on their résumé. Assignments that used to be seen in terms of their political value in the promotion game are now assessed for their résumé value."
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1943–), US management theorist, academic, and writer
    Source: When Giants Learn to Dance: Mastering the Challenges of Strategy, Management and Careers in the 1990s (1992), ch. 12
  • "The traditional corporate career may soon share the fate of the dad-at-work-mom-at home-two-kids nuclear family: an oft-invoked ideal that applies to fewer and fewer people."
    Rosabeth Moss Kanter (1943–), US management theorist, academic, and writer
    Source: When Giants Learn to Dance: Mastering the Challenges of Strategy, Management and Careers in the 1990s (1992), ch. 11
  • "Tomorrow's typical career will be neither linear nor continuous, nor will it always be upwards. Instead, one's life work will take more of a zig-zag course."
    Tom Horton (19262003), US chairman of American Management Association
    Source: Management Review (1990)
  • "When you retire … you go from who’s who to who’s that, like stepping off the pier [or] achieving statutory senility."
    Walter Wriston (19192005), US banker
    On retiring as chairman of Citibank Corp.
    Source: New York Times (1985)
  • "I'm just a guy who probably should have been a semi-talented poet on the Left Bank. I got sort of side-tracked here."
    Steve Jobs (19552011), US cofounder, chairman, and CEO of both Apple and Pixar
    Source: Fortune (October 1, 1984)
  • "People don't choose their careers; they are engulfed by them."
    John Dos Passos (18961970), US novelist
    Source: New York Times (October 25, 1959)
  • "The best augury of a man's success in his profession is that he thinks it the finest in the world."
    George Eliot (18191880), British novelist
    Source: Daniel Deronda (1876)
  • "No man likes to acknowledge that he has made a mistake in the choice of his profession."
    Charlotte Brontë (18161855), British novelist and poet
    Source: The Professor (1857), ch. 4

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