Monday, 2 May 2011

Plotting a Career and Connecting the Dots...

It can be hard to track your magical career. What counts as ongoing success? What stakeholders do you need to keep satisfied? What are the major milestones? Is the work even project based or can only parts be modelled as projects (compared to it becoming business as usual).

Jason – Strategic Sorcery reminds us all that:
  1. Setting goals is not an accomplishment
  2. Magical Effects are not Accomplishments either…

Dr. Raven's Conjure – provides some excellent information on learning hoodoo
  1.  So you'd like to learn hoodoo 
  2. So you'd like to learn hoodoo – part 2 
  3. False Mages

But neither strategic sorcery or hood are not my chosen path. So instead I turn to sources such as Kabbalah with Jacobus and Practical Kabbalah and Self Creation for inspiration. As well books by Rabbi Aryeh Kaplan, Prof. Moshe Idel and Rabbi Adin Steinsaltz and Rabbi Ginsburgh. Jay Michaelson also provides some good advice on “Modes of learning” and “Finding a Teacher”.

Ultimate responsibility for development is down to each of us. But going from “where would you like to see yourself in 5 years time” to actually making that happen can looks like a map with two dots on it... and a big blank space in between.

That is where project management (PM) techniques can be very useful. To help plot your career as a practitioner and connect the dots. Whether it is using project schedules, breakdown structures or other means of planning. The PM toolkit is a handy bag of tricks, but by itself is not enough.

That is why in the coming months I shall be looking at what motivates people, how to handle obsessive behaviour and how to navigate the path to mastery.