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Whose Direction?

Peter Nicholson

Growth Etudes Part 1: Discernment
Intentional career trajectories puzzle me. A well-defined vocational path has never seemed relevant. I launched Foresight to create my own opportunities, with little regard for where it might lead in the long-term. Foresight has grown, and isn’t just about my vision and skill set anymore. We’ve started to more intentionally consider the organization's trajectory, with my voice being but one of several. This process requires reviewing many elements, including the nature of our individual ambitions. If what we want from our lives contradicts the direction in which the organization is developing, then no amount of “strategic planning” is going to be able to rectify the difference. I’ve rarely seen such envisioning processes engage staff members on this level. The focus is most often on “mission," “vision" and external factors. The staff be damned. As a consultancy, Foresight is foremost in the talent business. I don’t just want to do more, but rather to do more better, and with colleagues with whom I enjoy working as much as I do with our current staff members. Attracting talented fellow professionals will be the basis of Foresight’s success. Recruiting them requires articulating a clearer and more collective vision than ever before, and having something more to offer than just following my lead. More on that next week.