Back in the olden days (when Blue Cat’s scribe was the chief of plans for an unnamed government agency), we used to plan for the future with “roadmaps” – a strategic plan that laid out where we were, where we were going, and how to get there. But that doesn’t work anymore, because the environment changes so frequently and so fast that a roadmap is out of date almost as soon as it’s written. But Blue Cat has found a better way…
Blue Cat figures out where to go next using his vision and mission statements – things that tell him his goal and what’s important to him. They’re like a compass and a set of guidebooks – it doesn’t matter how the terrain changes, they always point to where he wants to go and give him options for along the way. (Yes, Blue Cat knows that a compass always points North, and that he probably doesn’t want to just go north, but it’s a metaphor he’s comfortable with.) That way he can overcome “roadblocks,” deal with detours, and take advantage of cool opportunities along the way. Instead of an inflexible roadmap, he has tools to point him in the right direction and information to help him on his way.
So go and do the same. Let Blue Cat know what you’ve done or if you have questions on how to do it by leaving him a comment below.
Good luck finding your own way!
© William P. Doyle, Jr. 2012