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Destination unknown

By Beth Baker

We’re pleased to bring you a guest blog post from Beth
Baker, a Skillsoft Learning Consultant

I love maps.  I have
always loved maps.  It is like a one page overview of where I have been
and all the paths available to get me where I want to go.  As long as I
know where I am starting and what my destination needs to be, I can choose any
number of options to get there.  I can even reroute myself midway if

I may lay out a specific
“actionable” path with designated rest stops precisely every 156 miles or I
might just decide I need to head west and rely on nothing but a compass. 
It is just a personal preference. The important thing is that I know where I
started and where I need to finish.

Do you know where you
started?  What about your destination?  How about your team?  Do
they know the desired destination for your organization?  If not, how will
they know which direction to head when you aren’t navigating for them?

My first job out of college
was working for a CLO at a major telecommunication firm in the southeast. 
It was a very tumultuous time at the company; we were just coming through an
acquisition involving very different cultures, and the T&D function was
being centralized.  One of the first things the CLO did was to go on a
road show all over the country, with the express purpose of involving everyone
in creating the vision for the new organization.  In every city, the
employees were asked to create a vision of what they thought this new group
could accomplish.  What they created was far greater than what was thought
possible at the upper levels.  When the comprehensive vision was decided,
there was immediate buy-in because it was created together.  Even though
the specific steps and action items were to come later, every employee had an
idea of where we were headed and could begin to make decisions (great and
small) with the destination in mind.

Having a vision forms the map
of where you are today to where you want to be tomorrow.  It can be a
clearly defined path with specific stops and actions, or it may be just a
general idea that tells people “Here is the direction we are headed, and as
long as you keep this direction in mind every day, we will get there.”

As Lewis Carol said, “If you
don't know where you are going, any road will get you there.”

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