Retaining good people should never be about giving them as little as you can get away with for as long as you can.

My last few columns were aimed at radiologists whose careers resembled my own: Satisfying/successful in other regards, but not achieving the traditional “goal” of equity partnership or something similar. I presented systems that let me parallel such a path, bypassing compensation-ceilings which would have constrained me in one rad group by switching to others whose ceilings were more porous, or at least higher.

Readers who’ve achieved partnership for themselves, or expect to in the future, might not see much in those columns for their own use. Instead, I can imagine some reacting pretty negatively if their worldview is that one should patiently and obediently climb the ladder of a single workplace…remaining loyal to it even if a trapdoor gets slammed shut above the climber.

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