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Is your career over if you don't climb the corporate ladder?

Companies should redesign organisational and reward structures to support both individual contributors and managers.

Is there room for employees who eschew the conventional management path? PHOTO ILLUSTRATION: UNSPLASH
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In the movie Top Gun: Maverick, a navy rear admiral criticises the pilot Pete Mitchell aka Maverick, played by actor Tom Cruise: "Thirty plus years of service. Combat medals. Citations. Only man to shoot down three enemy planes in the last 40 years.

"Yet you can't get a promotion, you won't retire, and despite your best efforts, you refuse to die. You should be at least a two-star admiral by now. Yet here you are, captain. Why is that?"

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