Posted January 24, 2019 by Mark Perna
Last year, we unveiled the new Root System Career Plan that helps your students create their personal, viable plans of study for life after graduation. Today, I want to look at the bigger picture surrounding the Root System Career Plan, and that is the concept of the planning culture.
A planning culture is an environment that encourages individuals to set a goal or destination; plan to reach that goal through myriad pathways, opportunities, and research; and continually adjust and calibrate the goal and plan to further hone their purpose and subsequent action.
The sheer power of talking about planning, demonstrating planning, and praising planning benefits everyone as the process of planning becomes cool—even sought after. The Career Tree plays a critical role in helping organizations create a planning culture that empowers students to figure out not just their educational and career direction, but also the roadmap to get there.
Your planning culture will give future students a powerful reason to attend your organization, as well as helping motivate current students to stay. The result? You’ll stand out with a significant competitive advantage in the minds of parents, stakeholders, legislators, and the community.
The Root System Career Plan (discussed in depth in Module 4 of the Career Tree video courses and in the Curriculum Guide, both available on the TFSCareerTree.com portal) is the connective tissue between the Career Tree and a powerful planning culture. By using the Career Plan as an ongoing, yearlong project and conversation, students will discover the power of planning for the future they want to achieve.
We are uniquely positioned to assist our students in planning how to connect their interests, skills, and talents to career paths that will empower them to realize their lifestyle desires. The Career Tree is an effective tool to grow a planning culture in the classroom, creating new opportunities for young people to find the branches they want to reach for. Let’s help them plan their climb!
You can read more about the planning culture concept in my best-selling book, Answering Why: Unleashing Passion, Purpose, and Performance in Younger Generations. Free book resources, including a discussion guide, are available at MarkCPerna.com!