Dave Buffenbarger wrote:
"I also do not presume I am the only one like this in the western world.
When developing something we call a Process Map IMHO (sort of a generic
and high level Critical Path sometime extending out three years) I see
managers and management teams going - some forward into time, some
backwards from the future, some working outward from an approximated
middle time period. Never asked why any of them why they chose a
particular way since I believe teams develop their own style, suitable for
their personal preference in understanding/learning. "
I hadn't been focusing greatly on this thread, because, like Dave, I've
always tended to look into the future and figure out what to do to get
where I wanted to go. I never stopped to think that strategic planning,
which Dave brings up, involved anything different! (Of course, 'strategic
planning' apparently entered the jargon of the field before I was aware of
the field - but that's another discussion group). Usually, I have a much
stronger vision of where I will be in 5 or 10 or 30 years than where I
will be at lunch. I've found that as my long-term vision has eveolved, it
hs also served as a great guide to help make decisions on a daily basis.
This brings up a frustration I have with this listserv - there's too much
good, thoughtful material! I'm already about 400 messages behind, and I
find myself zipping through all too many of the discussion threads, using
tests such as "This seems self-evident" or "Don't see the big deal" as an
excuse to hit the delete key. I hate knowing that perfectly good learning
is passing me by!
-- Barak Rosenbloom, Troublemaker U.S. Department of Labor Employment and Training Administration Seattle, Land of Rain and Fog 206-553-4543 x8030 ROSENBLOOMB@DOLETA.GOV