You will notice that many of the icons on this site are combined with a simple square outline. That is actually an international ground to air signal meaning “Require Compass and Map”! Imagine being lost and not having navigational equipment – what would you do? A large pattern on the ground in the shape of a square would indicate exactly what you needed at that moment. The photo above has a simulated pilot view – hopefully he will see it!
The Start – Realizing I need a map and compass:
Lost. I know my way out. Well, maybe not after 3 hours of wandering that feeling of panic starts. I am making no progress toward getting to my desired location. I need help. I need a compass and a map to navigate. Signaling is my hope of having those dropped to me from the air, or having a search party locate me.
- A map lets me know where I am.
- Not just any map, but a good map with enough detail to be successful.
- A compass allows me to progress to a desired location on the map
- The compass guides my steps – I know where I am going but getting there is a process.
- Life is much the same
- At work or at home we often are “lost” in the forest of demands and tasks, and loose site of where we are and where we are going. Finding a good map and compass to follow will help us achieve our goals quickly.
Then – I need to know how to use it:
If I have the directions and tools, but don’t know how to use them I am still lost. Even worse, using them incorrectly will only lose more time and energy.
- The equipment alone is useless
- Maps and compasses look nice, but training and experience would make them effective.
- Only with knowledge and practice is it useful
- Practice. Practice. Practice. The more we do something, the better we get at it.
- Life is much the same
- Knowing how to use and apply principles helps us to be successful. Not knowing how often results in frustration, rework, etc.
Hindsight – Preparation and Training would have prevented this:
It is after becoming lost or stalling that we can look back to see what we “should have done”. Looking forward, then, requires the insight of gathering the right tools and expertise to succeed. It’s much easier than doing it over, or taking twice as long to get to our goals.
- We should have brought a map and compass – signal for help!
- Planning is the word that comes to mind. If we really consider the task at hand, then the basic tools for success should be with us.
- We should have learned how to use them
- Starting small and working up will give us valuable experience with our tools.
- Life is much the same , point 3
So that is why a site centered on improvement; specifically Lean Flow improvement would use an ground to air distress signal of a hollowed out square. As we lead our business at work or our family at home, there are certain goals and accomplishments that we would like to attain. We can either stumble around and hope to hit the target with instinct, or we can deploy proven toolsets and involve guides that have been there to train and ensure we have the capability.
Lean Flow has been on of the key “maps and compasses” in my life, and in the lives of others that I have witnessed it working. I can be a game changer – for those who seek, and prepare for their future!
That’s my sharing; Please post your thoughts and social 👍 in return! ☺
Question: What do you consider as a key “Compass and Map” for you?
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- Great compass / map tutorial
- Ground – Air Emergency Codes – Kids Britannica
- Ground to Air signals from Civil Air Patrol