9 comments to The Value of Vision Series – Ken Blanchard

  • Jesse,

    Wish all members of congress would read Ken’s blog and talk about it. Perhaps that would lead the way to getting out of the gridlock we now see.

  • So true. The US and many European countries are being forced to accept a declining share of global wealth and power as others ascend the ladder. This puts a lot of pressure on leadership to re-frame how we manage the wealth we have. Most of the assumptions made in the past were done somewhat unconsciously. They need to be re-shaped in a new vision. If the US could become less fearful of its leadership role being re-defined and remember that it’s an amazing country and a critical leader in shaping the wellbeing of people around the world a vision could come to the fore.

  • The points and illustrations are spot on – America has no vision for the future, and is consumed by knee-jerk reactions of the moment. I believe all politicians would be surprised by the energy and momentum they would garner by sharing and compelling vision and acting to achieve that vision.

  • Jesse, I see Values as the base of the pyramid. We have strayed away from the values upon which our nation was founded. Whether it is America, your Company, or your Life, have clear meaningful values, for which you are willing to sacrifice is key.

  • At last- a sentence that clearly states what is a base cause of the incredible dysfunction in Congress: the lack of a compelling, clearly agreed upon vision– one that is not driven by money and special interests!!! Ken’s words just jumped out at me. And without a compelling vision of the future, “values” seem to be more related to self-interest rather than interest in a nation that can work for all.

    Thanks Ken and Jesse

  • Peg Gillard

    As I read this, JFK’s words jumped through my mind, “Ask not what your country can do for you but what you can do for your country.” If that were paired with Martin Luther King’s dream, we would/could have a pretty powerful vision as a country. I would alter Dr. King’s words just a bit to be more inclusive as the injustices in the US are not just about race. Indulge me just a bit as I play with the vision dancing like sugar plumbs through my head:

    “Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country to create a world where our children will not be judged by the color of their skin, their gender, their heritage, their religion, social status, sexual orientation, the mistakes of their forbears, their disabilities, their abilities, or any other feature but by the content of their character and integrity.”

    “Our children will not ask what can be done for them, nor be judged by the color of their skin, their gender, their heritage, their religion, social status, sexual orientation, the mistakes of their forbears, their disabilities, their abilities, or any other feature but by the content of their character and integrity. Instead, they will do for their country and neighbors with grace, courage, and compassion.”

    We should each have a personal vision. Perhaps some of us may have more than one personal vision: one for work, home, community, etc. And perhaps we can each create one that would be “umbrellic” in nature and including all areas of life. It is important to live in the moment to relish the exquisiteness of life itself as well as to work towards creating the grace of elegant awe for present and future generations to enjoy. Having a vision that creates a legacy of grateful generosity and acceptance would do a lot to alter the course of life.

    Thank you for an inspirational post. It clearly rattled some cobwebs from my brain.

    Peg

  • Here’s a thought… Do we lack a vision for our nation because we, as a people have moved beyond the nation-state model? What are the compelling visions of other nations?

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