John Maxwell describes the Law of Navigation –
“Anyone can steer the ship, but it takes a leader to chart the course”
Two Antarctic explorers sought to reach the South Pole. Roald Amundsen, and Robert Falcon Scott. Amundsen saw success with few unanticipated challenges, while Scott and his entire team perished. A comparison of the two journeys can be found here.
“I may say that this is the greatest factor — the way in which the expedition is equipped — the way in which every difficulty is foreseen, and precautions taken for meeting or avoiding it. Victory awaits him who has everything in order — luck, people call it. Defeat is certain for him who has neglected to take the necessary precautions in time; this is called bad luck.”–from The South Pole, by Roald Amundsen.
Here’s John’s P.L.A.N. A.H.E.A.D. acronym to help with planning:
P = PREDETERMINE a course of action
L = LAYOUT your goals
A = ADJUST your priorities
N = NOTIFY key personnel
A = ALLOW time for acceptance
H = HEAD into action
E = EXPECT problems
A = ALWAYS point to successes along the way
D = DAILY review your plan
Planning well as you chart the course to your goal is a key part of “Raising Your Game”
If you’re in the DC area summer 2011, you may also want to check out the National Geographic Antarctica exhibit.