The First Step
by Dwayne Phillips
The first step, if taken carefully, eliminates almost all other directions from consideration and frees the mind for everything else.
I’ve read about trackers, i.e., those persons who are assigned to find someone who is lost. They find people lost in the woods.
The most important thing the tracker does is to find the first step the lost person took when departing camp and becoming lost. That first step means the lost person went in that direction.
All other directions are eliminated from consideration.
“We are all going in this general direction,” the tracker declares. No one goes elsewhere.
“We are all going in this general direction,” is also one of the more important things anyone can say in a group endeavor. As a project manager, be sure to say such regardless of how obvious you might think the statement. Everyone will thank you later.