An Effective Vision Does More Than Simply Show Where You’re Going
“Vision” is one of the most commonly used and most widely misunderstood terms. There’s a tremendous amount of power in a vision. But unfortunately when the term is not used or understood correctly, we lose out on the . . . → Read More: Create a Vision With Staying Power
Are you on track with where you want to go? You might have heard about team drift, but what about you as a leader? Is it possible you’ve drifted without realizing it?
Reasons We Get Off Track
A huge external shift
Sometimes we are thrown off track because of a sudden change in our . . . → Read More: Leadership Drift – How to Recognize It And Reclaim Your Purpose
My friend Susan wrote, “Although I am ashamed to admit it….I don’t think I have any goals right now. At least there are none that have crystallized for me. I am a goal-setter, always have been, and have achieved almost all that I have set….
What I am trying to do is feel comfortable . . . → Read More: Goal Setting for Goallessness
I spent my 50th birthday at the most boring meeting of my life. At one point I had to pinch myself under the table to keep from falling asleep. I’ve attended a lot of meetings that are a waste of time – it’s part of my job. (I help teams improve their performance and . . . → Read More: No More Boring Meetings, Please!
What makes a vision work? Why do some visions galvanize people toward great achievement while others cause your eyes to glaze over?
What all great visions have in common is they provide an answer to these three questions:
1) Destination: Where are we going?
2) . . . → Read More: The Key to Visions That Work
In 1975, Terry Fox, was awarded Athlete of the Year his senior year in his British Columbia, Canada high school. A few months after graduation, he discovered he had a malignant tumor. His leg was amputated four days later.
The night before his operation, he read a magazine article about an amputee who ran . . . → Read More: When You’re Thrown Off Course…
The year was 1961. President Kennedy announced the United States would land a man on the moon and return him safely before the end of the decade. He painted an audacious picture, considering NASA had not yet invented the necessary technology. Ten years later, through focused energy, dedication and herculean effort, the team at NASA . . . → Read More: Are You Taking Your Team to the Moon? What’s Next?
Mary Parker Follett, a pioneering business consultant, was asked to help a troubled window shade company. The company’s thinking was narrow and limited. When asked to define their business, they said, “We produce window shades.”
She asked them “What business are you really in from your customer’s point of view?” In other words, why do . . . → Read More: Help Your Team Get Unstuck: Ask What Business Are You Really In?
Mary Parker Follett, often called “the prophet of management,” was wrong about one thing. Most of us still split our time between “working” and “providing service” to our communities and society. We do not see how our day-to-day work provides a great service to the world.
In 1925, Follett . . . → Read More: 6 Questions to Uncover the Purpose of Your Work
It’s said that Abraham Lincoln often slipped out of the White House on Wednesday evenings to listen to the sermons of Dr. Finnes Gurley at New York Avenue Presbyterian Church. He generally preferred to come and go unnoticed. So when Dr. Gurley knew the president was coming, he left his study door open.
On . . . → Read More: Don’t BE Great, DO Great!