If you’ve been at a company for more than five years, your experience, mindset and “Personal Brand” will increasingly be oriented to its goals. This is fine if that is where you want to be and are willing to put your energy into both navigating and becoming part of the organization. However, you should be active in deciding it this is the path you want to take, and not end up as a “Company Man” by default. Additionally, in this age of gig work, rapid technological change and a remarkable lack of loyalty, I counsel folks to focus on themselves, not the organization they are in, being sure to manage their career in a way that does not become company-dependent.
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- The Organization Man – William Whyte
- The Organization Man – University of Pennsylvania Press
- What “The Organization Man” Can Tell Us About Inequality Today – The New Yorker