Pathfinder Development Resources

Pathfinders do not accept the status quo. They innovate and find a new way.
They create a path that benefits not just their own journey, but all others that follow.

This page focuses primarily on helping with your opportunities for growth along the Pathfinder spectrum. The four core Pathfinder modules are comprised of individual values and change is best affected by focusing on these individual values.

Each value is briefly described together with a curated resource on how you can improve.

Approach Module

Self-Directed
Pathfinders are able to fully engage in tasks/roles largely, or even entirely, motivated by meeting a need. Broadly, Pathfinders see a need and jump in and figure things out as they go. This is what we mean by being self-directed. For a discussion on how a person who is not self-directed approaches their work, check out the explanation of the Approach module in the 'Explanation' link in the left hand sidebar.
How to Become More Self-Directed
Self Direction with Andy Storch

Thrives on Ambiguity
By definition, Pathfinders are working in areas where there is no playbook, no set of rules telling them how to fulfil their role. Being able to deal with, and thrive with, this ambiguity is a key component of being a Pathfinder.
How to Make Friends with Ambiguity
Thriving in Ambiguity & Change

Agile
This relates to how you deal with change. Are you open to it? Do you adapt quickly? Can you work with incomplete information? How do you deal with failure? Can you learn from it and move forward?
So You Want to be More Agile?
7 Practices to Boost Agility

Questions the Status Quo
A Pathfinder is capable of thinking outside the box and introducing new ideas, and possesses the judgment to know when and where to apply that innovation.
Questioning the Status Quo

Outlook Module

Curious
Pathfinders need the curiosity to seek and find new approaches when plans don’t work as intended, which can be most of the time.
How to Become More Curious: A Guide to Enhancing Your Inquisitive Nature
Seven Ways to Be More Curious

Positive
Being able to maintain energy and optimism through likely setbacks in an unknown environment is a defining characteristic of a Pathfinder.
How to Cultivate a Positive Mindset
How to Develop a Positive Attitude in the Workplace

Motivation Module

Intrinsic Motivation
Successful Pathfinders recognize that the rewards they pursue are on the other side of many unknowns and, therefore, they need to be motivated by deeper sources than near-term financial reward or the forthcoming acclaim of peers. This is expressed through the value ‘intrinsic motivation’ and is often manifested in the need to build something and/or be part of something bigger than the extrinsic motivation of financial rewards.
Building Intrinsic Motivation: A Guide for Business Professionals
How to Increase Intrinsic Motivation (According to Science)

Need to Build Something
A Pathfinder has a deep-seated, inherent drive to construct or create, rather than being motivated solely by external factors like compensation or recognition.
Harnessing a Pathfinder’s Innate Creative Drive for Workplace Success

Adversity Response Module

Pragmatic
The work of a Pathfinder is necessarily defined by wrong turnings, setbacks, friction and, yes, failure. How we deal with these is important. Do we view them as something shameful and to be hidden or as opportunities to learn and ‘fail forward’?
7 Principles for Failing Forward
Becoming More Pragmatic: A Business Guide to Practical Decision-Making

Action Oriented
Being ‘action-oriented’ means being willing or likely to take practical action to deal with a problem or situation. This then requires we bring a sense of urgency to our work which then requires a strong work ethic and tenacity.
Developing a Personal Bias for Action
How To Be More Action-Oriented When It’s Hard to Take Action

Systems Thinking
A Pathfinder sees the broader, interconnected picture, understanding the nuances and interplay between different parts of a system.
How To Become a Better Systems Thinker

Relationships Module

Practical Humility
How can you become more humble? Humility is the seed of growth. Being aware of your shortcomings and working to improve each one is a positive sign of humility.
Practical Humility in Business: An Individual Guide
The Underappreciated Power of Humility

Prioritizes People
Putting people first coupled with the requisite communication skills is a competence of the Pathfinder that enables the creation of long-lasting trusted relationships.
Becoming More of a People Person
Eight Things You Can Do To Improve Your Communication Skills

Consistent
How consistent are you in delivering what you say you will do? Are you able to push back on taking on further tasks rather than risk not delivering on your commitments later?
Improve your consistency at work

Responsible
Many people are attracted by the degrees of freedom/latitude afforded to Pathfinders in their myriad roles. However, that freedom comes with a level of responsibility and accountability some will find uncomfortable. The final value ‘responsible’ assesses people for their ability to manage that responsibility.
Embracing Greater Responsibility and Accountability at Work: A Guide to Professional Growth
Improve Personal Accountability: 12 Things To Do In 12 Weeks