4 reasons why your vision statement should be blurry

In the previous post I was kind of hard-nosed about vision statements. Deliberately so. I will not walk it back in this post, but I do want to build on it. Founders of businesses are necessarily visionaries. They would not have founded the business had they not had vision. But the vision that motivated and...
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Vision – the ability to see, to really see, in three directions

Vision – the ability to see, to really see, in three directions

When I hear the word vision, I almost always think of looking out and ahead. But, within the dynamics of leadership and management structures, vision is actually three directional. To define our vision we must look to the past, to the present, and to the future. Backwards Look - The past gives us a "mythology",...
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8 principles for possessing a defining vision for your company or organization

8 principles for possessing a defining vision for your company or organization

I should have kept a running tally but I didn’t. In forty years of training and consulting, I engaged a very large number of leaders and managers at all levels, team leader up to corporate head. I usually began my intervention with them by asking what should be a simple question – what is your...
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7 reasons why followers follow

7 reasons why followers follow

Examples of visionary leadership are everywhere. Settlers band in groups and follow a leader to a new region or country. Soldiers follow officers into battle. Voters support candidates. Workers leave the security of an existing job to join a new company.  Wives follow husbands, husbands follow wives.  Congregations follow pastors.  Students follow teachers…and the list...
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4 ways to scew up the new year

4 ways to scew up the new year

The New Year brings a new series on vision. For the next several weeks I will be positing articles with concepts, techniques, and tools that show effective leaders and managers just how vital this topic is. Vision as a topic gets a lot of press but it functions better as a quality than it does...
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