professional development path or goals for pro-
motion. Then, years into our careers, we start to
wonder why we haven’t progressed as far as we
would have liked. It is possible to get to where
we want to go without a plan, but why leave our
careers to chance? Instead, we can use the tools
of the navigator to proactively plan and navigate
the career of our dreams.
These are the four simple steps: ( 1) determine
your current position, ( 2) chart a course to leader-
ship, ( 3) follow the plan, and ( 4) make adjust-
ments, as necessary.
Before we can make a plan or chart a course, we
have to identify where we are. For many, this step
is the hardest part because it requires a unique
level of self-awareness about our qualities, skills,
or challenges that can be hard to admit.
Once we’ve done that, we can chart a course to
take us where we want to go. This should be the
easiest step; taking action or moving toward our
If we’ve done a good job of planning, implementation is just about following the plan until we
reach the end of the journey. Of course, the challenge with this step is that it is rarely easy to move
in a straight line — simply as a result of life. There
will always be obstacles along our path that will
trip us up if we are not constantly paying attention
to our direction.
Making course corrections is the final step that
will help us stay on track. Knowing that we, like
ships battered by waves or planes encountering turbulence, will be moved off our path, we have to be
willing to make adjustments to keep us on course.
If we are willing to learn the process of navigating from the navigators who have done it before,
we will be able to consistently chart our course to
the destinations we desire. ACC
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