Use a Compass Not a Map for Future Success

The future is impossible to predict with perfect accuracy. So, how do leaders forge ahead into this uncharted territory? They ditch the map and use a compass!

This week, we look at how compass leadership may be the way forward:

 

Before the Internet, life seemed simpler, easier to grasp. People in positions of power gave their employees check lists to complete. And they would do their job and wait for next tasks.

Nowadays, life is increasingly unpredictable and even the idea of leaders with all the right responses seems old-fashioned. This is the big question searching for answers now, “How do I participate responsibly in a system almost impossible to predict.”

The excitement of today is that anyone with an idea can make it come alive. You can create it, publish it, pitch it, without proposals or permission. And, without a lot of money. It’s the end of the MBA era and the beginning of the design innovation era.

The reason for a compass not a map is…

Maps are stationary, may be dated and causes frustration when inaccurate.
Maps provide a description; a compass provides vision and direction.
Maps can slow you down when the path is not clear.
Maps cannot show you how to get on that road not traveled.
Maps are poor indicators of what is unfamiliar.

The older command and control style of leading is about maps. It’s about going on a chosen course and staying there, no deviations.

Compass leadership is about a process of discovery. It’s about learning as you go along. It’s about more than one right path. It’s about hunches and taking chances.

 

“Business is complex and volatile and those who don’t read the signs of the times will be left behind”.

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