Recently, Will and I were driving in an area that he was not familiar with. In an effort to orient him to the geography, I asked the 18 year old what direction we were traveling. North, South, East or West? He paused for a moment, grinned and said “North?”
“Close, you’re only off 180 degrees; we’re headed South”, I answered dryly.
“Well, North is always in front of you, and that’s where we are pointed, ahead of us”, he retaliated.
He got me. He’s right about North, in a map reading sense. Since North is usually at the top of a map and moving forward, or up, on the map moves you in the direction of North.
Therefore, in Will’s logic, what you see through the windshield is always North. I suspect Chief Navigator will not be a job title he will ever hold, but his thought process is valid.
Navigation by dead reckoning is not as common as I’d like it to be. The way others follow instructions is as predictable as the way they interpret compass directions. It doesn’t take long to lose your way traveling, or lose your way completing a task or job directive.
Are your instructions and directions for employees clear for “dead reckoners”, landmark navigators and “seat of the pants” flyers?
Be perceptive about perspective when giving directions.