Some of us plan, others meander, and still others outright stumble along through our work life. Depending on the stage of life we find ourselves, or the task we are engaged in, we may do some combination of these three things. I decided that I just had to see if I could connect the dots between this story, 8 Drivers Blindly Followed GPS into Disaster and my blog theme. Particularly since I just posted something about trust.
Certainly we can’t be expected to be expert at everything required to be successful in this complex modern life, so we must rely upon others to guide us at times. The basic assumption should still be that we must stay clued in to whether the aid we have chosen is providing useful assistance; we must keep our own common sense engaged.
No device has yet been marketed that will provide step by step guidance through a work day in the office. (I’m sure someone out there is working to create one.) Therefore we must rely upon orienteering, dead-reckoning, the kindness of others – whatever local signposts seem to offer the best clues in negotiating our tasks, our co-workers, bosses, clients, etc. Pick the wrong one and follow it too far past when common sense starts humming, then screaming warning and we end up in some lake or bog – or up a cherry tree.
Orienteering relies upon a compass, a map and your own abilities to interpret all the signs. What does the map translate into in your office – hopefully thoughtfully and clearly written protocols on best practices for your tasks? (Check the date of the last update, or the creation date – well written but obsolete maps make for interesting gift wrap but not much more. No date, well…) And the compass would be the direction that you are given by the person passing out your tasks. Then it is all yours to put it together and make something useful and sensible.
Everyone can get stuck pondering the validity of staying the course or bailing. Think about these hapless folks the next time you find yourself wondering whether to question the prevailing direction or to follow it.
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