I am embarrassed that it has been nearly three weeks since I offered a post. After 8 years (yes, this blog is THAT old), I find that I need periodic breaks. The muse does not come. The blog seems like a dose of cod-liver oil. My mojo is focused elsewhere.
Am I less interested in management? No.
Do I think I have written it all? Heck, no.
I do feel like I am at a crossroads, however, and I am taking some time to figure things out. Time is too prescious not to reflect and reconfirm your path. When is the last time you have done that?
BTW, I was looking at Thomas Chermack's book, Scenario Planning in Organizations. Do you use scenario planning? You should. Today's chaotic (complex systems) work environment demands that we get good at this. Here is how Tom defines scenario planning (from his website):
"Scenario planning is a discipline for building alternative futures in which decisions can be played out for the purposes of changing thinking, improving decision-making, fostering individual, team, and organizational learning, and improving performance.
Scenario planning differs from strategic planning in that it gives up the assumption that the environment will stay the same. Most traditional approaches to planning simply focus on creating a set of steps to get from the current reality to the desired reality. None ask deep questions about the nature of the industry and environment.
Scenario planning is focused on a continuously changing environment and makes it a part of planning. Scenarios enable conversations about how the organization can be best prepared, no matter what the future may hold."
Sounds like a great skill to learn, doesn't it? Check out Tom's book here. Building an alternative future is what I an working on and am excited to do that. I will share more once I figure it all out! In the mean time, go do the same for you and enjoy.