John Greenway, Leaders’ Map
The old jokes are the best.
A driver stops his car in the middle of the countryside, winds down his window and asks the old farmer, “Excuse me, how do I get to Tipperary? “Well, sir,” says the farmer, “if I were you, I wouldn’t start from here!”
I am sure that we have all felt that at times. Where we are is not always the best starting place to get to where we want to go.
The raison d’être of Leaders’ Map is to help aspiring individuals, entrepreneurs, managers and leaders to get to where they want to go. We have tried to package the help in an app – a sort of travellers’ toolbox. We hope that Leaders’ Map will be a great companion!
To help you to understand what help is on offer, I will briefly de-construct our statement of intent – “helping you get where you want to go”™ – and turn it on its head.
Ultimately, it is you that has to make the journey, put in the hard work, cope with disappointments, pick yourself up, get others to come along with you and actually enjoy the journey. Andrew Marr uses a great phrase in his book A History of the World, about moving from “happens-to, to makes-happen”. You have the choice to “make-happen”.
“Where you want to go”
We had a lot of fun making a short video about the concept of Leaders’ Map, called Aspiration Island. Initially, the video concluded with the boat docked at Aspiration Island – a tangible goal achieved! But my good friend, Leo, rightly pointed out how this was too finite, and so we added “…..and the journey will continue!” The journey is perhaps even more important than reaching Aspiration Island.
“Helping you get”
Unless you recognise that you could use some help, then you will not be a great helper to others. Whether it is the help of a toolbox that somebody has created or the active help of a co-worker or the constructive criticism of a friend, be open-handed in receiving and giving.
We hope that you will be inspired by our two short videos:
Enjoy the Journey!