How the greatest business failure of the 20th Century was largely caused by the lack of a good vision. And how success lies in the framework of Mission, Vision, Strategy, and Tactics. This second episode on vision explores how what you say impacts what you do.
A clear, crisp vision is the foundation for a successful project, especially one that involves brainpower workers. And a project with a poor, or no, vision is almost guaranteed to flounder. This episode begins a series on the importance, development, and communication of visions.
We are on a delightful vacation in Hawaii and there is a corporate retreat also taking place at the hotel. It has all the trappings of the typical boondoggle, with employees and their spouses being plied with ample food and drink. I’ve seen dozens of these, even been on a [...]
Let me say this right from the top: there is no single more important factor to the success of a project than a clear, crisp, shared vision. Period. Now let me tell you why. There is no single more important factor to the success of a project than a clear, [...]
The Kresge Foundation is a great organization. They seek to strengthen other non-profit organizations by helping them to grow and improve their operations. It’s the philanthropic world’s version of the old Chinese proverb: “Give a man a fish and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish [...]
One of the things I hear so often from leaders I’ve worked with is how quickly a casual comment of theirs got blown out of proportion. It’s almost as if the simple, off-hand remark they made a couple of months ago grew legs and got a life of its own. [...]
Today, George W. Bush, ended his press conference (after the surprise drop-in on Baghdad yesterday) by waxing on leadership: I understand leadership. Leadership requires determination, you gotta be determined to do something in order to be able to lead particularly in difficult circumstances. You gotta have will, you gotta have [...]
I had the wonderful fortune to drive from Seattle to L.A. and back a couple of weeks ago. You see a lot of nothing and do a lot of thinking in those 40 hours. Spotted on a truck was this statement: Providing customer solutions through trust and innovation. OK, so [...]