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Sometimes, people mess up. Signals get crossed. Miscommunications occur. Clear goals aren’t set.

But when it comes to managers, those mistakes can result in derailment, said Carter Cast ’92, a clinical associate professor of innovation and entrepreneurship at Kellogg.

“What is derailment?” said Cast. “It occurs when a manager [who] is expected to go higher plateaus, is fired or demoted and doesn’t achieve the expected level of achievement.”

Cast, the former CEO and President of, further delved into career derailment and ways managers can prevent it as part of the Kellogg Insight Live Faculty Sessions held this past May at Reunion 2015.


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