How do people make decisions? How do they chart a course of action, grapple with the big question about why am I here? What is my purpose?
I have had a lifelong rhythm of reflecting on these questions as I see what I call a zero-birthday on the horizon. At 20 it was “what am I going to do with my life?”, at 30 it was contemplation about career and family, at 40 it was another round of reflections on career through the lens of my growing clarity of purpose, and at 50 (yes, 50!) it was about going after a seemingly impossible long time goal of a master’s degree. In my personal life, I found this kind of personal strategic planning to be a great way to correct course, take stock of past learning and growth and figure out what I needed to do next. My planning led me to move to a new city, change careers, leave a failing relationship and earn that master’s degree.
Since I started at Literacy Services I have been thinking about how effective organizations make decisions. I focused on learning about how successful institutions make and implement strategies and plans. I asked myself, what is our purpose here at Literacy Services? Are we meeting the needs of the community?