AimAtArt provides a new tool for HR professionals: the compass. A compass on the subject of learning and development. What is it exactly and why is is so important? AimAtArt investigated this and discovered that a compass is of great interest to someone that wants to continue growing and progress further. And since growing people enable growing organisations, we encourage you to keep reading.
A tool for navigation
A compass is a navigation tool for showing direction. It has been in existence for a very long time (the first one dates from 400 BC) and has primarily been used on ships. Recently, this direction pointer has also made its way into the world of business. In times of constant change, carefully planning routes in advance has become near impossible. Just when you’re making good progress, something unexpected happens. However, organisations still want to keep moving forward and for staff to be constantly developing. What do you need in such a case? Exactly, a tool that shows direction.
Changing direction with images
As a development tool, a compass is something you can use to give direction to your personal growth. This is preceded by knowing the direction you want to head in. In other words, the compass first needs to be charged. How? By using images and visualisation. Because images betray certain connotations and symbolism, they can uncover the values underneath the surface. This makes for an easier fabrication of the compass. Using art for instance, go ahead and ask yourself: What do I find important? What motivates me? Which environment is best for my progression? What do I associate with the future? etc. Based on the output, you can then proceed to make your visual compass. Visualisation not to help you formulate your end-goal. But visualisation to clarify your direction instead.
The compass in practice
Once your compass is loaded, you can set sail. In the future, the compass can steer your decisions, for instance in meetings, interviews, planning your career, setting up or not setting up certain projects. Take out your compass and question: Is this in line with the direction I want to go in? Does it fit my course? Does this match the values important to me? And more pro-actively: if I want to head in this direction, who or what is going to help me get there?
A strengthened motivation for further development
Besides helping with your decision making, the added value is in increasing the motivation for development. Independent steering is another big advantage. It makes people responsible for their own decisions. You are the director because you chose your own direction. AimAtArt has helped many professionals to develop a compass. The engineers of a leading offshore organisation are one example. To work towards their own learning goals they needed a nudge in the right direction. We helped them by making a visual compass, the necessary nutriment for a fruitful path of development! It turned out that the compass made having a discussion about the future much easier for them, and gave them a better view of their own development.
Would you like to know more about creating your own compass? Feel free to contact us.