People often seem surprised by how I find ways to get stuff done where others say it is impossible. I do so by being intentional about how I navigate through the present toward the future. Since each new attempt at systems change is mostly uncharted territory, this is harder than it sounds.
Intentional navigation implies knowing how to get where you are going. In truth, sometimes all I know is that there is a need to move from the status quo. My belief that there is something better around the corner keeps me on the path forward. That path may be the one less travelled, or it may be a new one, so I look for the signposts along the way that point to my desired destination.
The more I wind between the formal and informal processes of my organization, traverse the peaks and valleys of engagement and apathy, and crisscross between the need to work horizontally with my colleagues while dealing vertically for approvals, the more I recognize those signposts along the way.
I constantly check my compass to confirm how close I am to my desired path and, when possible, my destination. To ensure that I spend my time and energy on what I believe will create positive change, I measure the impact my actions have on people around me and compare that to my desired outcomes. I frequently analyze my actions and intentions, looking for alignment between my head and heart. That is how I find the energy to live my passion and, by so doing, help create a meaningful work environment for others.
This constant attention – measuring, acting and adjusting – requires intentional effort. To envision a future that is better than today, I find space to reflect and plan while looking to others for inspiration and learning. Over the years one constant learning experience and source of inspiration has been GTEC. This year I have an opportunity, for the first time, to participate in the full-day Leadership Program. As change starts from within, I am looking forward to learning more about the “30 Day Challenge.”
In addition, it is with great humility and excitement that I am participating in the annual conference organized by the International Council for Information Technology in Government Administration (ICA) as the Future Leader for Canada. This appointment means a great deal to me since it shows that through a lot of hard work I have gained the respect and trust of people who I see as leaders.
My journey thus far has had moments of clarity interspersed among long steep climbs of personal growth. I am grateful for the opportunity to learn from others who have traveled before me as I explore new trails. There is much work to be done and not a moment to lose – see you on the path and its lookouts of inspiration, like GTEC, along the way.