How broad is your career plan? If you are in IT, accounting, customer service, for example, are you only thinking about promotions in the area you are now in? Are you assuming your boss or someone else in your department must get promoted or move on to make room for your next advancement? Why not seek opportunities in other areas of the organization. Almost all of the 60 executives I interviewed for my Fast Forward Your Career book reported that they moved around the company, often into areas they had no special training or experience in. How? Many took lateral transfers to get more experience, or they volunteered for cross functional task forces. They met new people outside their normal comfort zone and gained a broader perspective on the business. Management noticed their effort. While the initial move may not be a promotion, one CEO said that after two seemingly lateral transfers that his friends thought were not a good idea, he received one of the greatest promotions of his career. The senior team noticed his willingness to grow. When planing for your future, think both vertical promotions within your traditional area, but don't limit yourself to just that. Avoid career mistake #2.