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Monday, June 29, 2015
Where is Your North?
You know the saying … “If you don't know
where you are going, any road will get you there.”
How much time do you spend thinking
about where you are and where you want to be? Are you even on the right road?
If you’re like most people, the business
of everyday life keeps you from focusing on what it is you want in the
different areas of both your personal and professional life.
In relationships, business, career,
finances … unless you know what you really want … how will you know what steps
you need to take to move you there?
I often use this activity in my keynotes
and workshops to very quickly show everyone a stunning visual of the confusion
most everyone has when trying to figure out where they are going. You can do it
with your family or work team. I call it “True North”.
everyone to stand and extend their right arm so it is pointing straight out in
front of them. Explain to them that their right arm is in essence the needle of
a compass. In just a minute you are going to ask them to close their eyes and
follow your instructions.
to them: “Everyone close your eyes and with your right arm as the needle of the
compass I want you to turn your entire body and point in the direction that you
believe to be True North.”
Encourage them by saying 'No peeking," "You're doing great!" After
about 10 seconds ask them, “Imagine this is the team or family that you were
trying to get all going in one direction?” and then ask them to open their
is quickly evident that everyone believes is pointing in a different direction, attempting to locate their North.
Now pick a spot in
the room that everyone can easily see. With their eyes open ask everyone to
point to that spot. The team is now all going in the same direction.
Have you been on a
team or in a family that looked like this? What happens when you and everyone
else don’t know the objective?
Every day you get a variety of choices –
many that appear good for you or your organization.But, if the results of those choices do not
move you closer to your north, then it is probably not a good choice for you.
It is easy to lose your way and get caught up in tasks and activities that
produce very little for you.
Where is your North? Where do you want
to go? How do you define success in your relationships? Health? Fitness?
Decide what it is you really want, point
your compass north, and take the first step.
A gamification speaker and designer,
Monica Cornetti is rated as the #1 Gamification Guru in the World by UK-Based
Leaderboarded. She is the author of the book Totally Awesome Training Activity Guide: Put Gamification to Work for
You, writes The Gamification Report blog, and host of the weekly Gamification Talk Radio program.
She is a professional consultant and
known for being one of the leading players in thinking differently to create
different results.In fact, as an early
adopter, she has been designing and delivering gamification programs for her
clients since 2008.