Based on the gap between where you are now and where you want to end up, how would it be most beneficial to grow? What classes might you take? What would make the biggest impact toward your one-year vision?
- As the saying goes, give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime. I vote we adjust the second directive to teach a man, or woman, to teach himself how to fish, feed him for a lifetime. The most agile pivoters improve upon the learning process itself so they can adjust quickly as new technologies are introduced. That's exactly what you're doing by watching a course like this one. In addition to acquiring new knowledge, you can accelerate how quickly you spot skills that are needed and how rapidly you learn them.
While the Plant stage helped you identify strengths already under your belt, the next crucial part of Scanning is looking at how you want to grow moving forward. Consider your existing strengths and one-year vision as you note what skills would be most beneficial to develop in the coming year. In the Exercise File reflect what classes might you take? What courses like this one are available to you? What would make the biggest impact toward your one-year vision? What would take you the farthest toward that vision that you crafted in the Plant stage? Which of your existing strengths could you double down on that would give you the most oomph as you move forward? What do you want to become an expert at or the go-to person for? What are you insanely curious about personally and professionally? For example, what types of podcasts and books are you most drawn to? What tends to pile up on your wish list? When you go to a book store, what section do you always beeline toward? The very nature of a pivot, what makes it exciting, what makes it a pivot, is growing in ways that challenge you that ask you to expand into a bigger, better version of yourself.
And, have a little fun in the process. Don't just limit yourself to professional-seeming shoulds. You never know where classes that you take outside of work might take you, or how they might come around later to perfectly position you for interesting jobs down the road.
- Optimizing your current role
- Identifying your strengths
- Crafting a one-year vision of success
- Making connections to "friendtors" and one-off mentors
- Creating a skill-building game plan
- Identifying small experiments and stretch projects
- Embracing smart risks
- Mapping next moves to make a greater impact