August 19, 2009
Helen Keller was right when she said, “The most pathetic person in the world is someone who has sight, but has no vision.” It seems like everyone talks about the importance of vision, but very few people have a vivid image of what they hope their future will look like.
Following are 10 things I’ve observed during more than 20 years of work experience:
- Where there is no vision, people perish.
- In the land of the blind, the one-eyed man is king.
- Tactics not tied to strategy are nothing more than busywork.
- When you and I are not pursuing the same goal, then we’re not on the same team.
- When you and I focus on the same goal from different vantage points, we have stereoscopic vision that gives us better depth perception.
- The effectiveness of a vision statement can be measured in its ability to inspire people to rally around a shared picture of what can be—and must be—their new reality.
- A compelling vision is future-focused and usually threatens those deeply vested in the status quo.
- Progress always requires change, but not all change is progress.
- Every project can be improved by periodically asking, “Why are we doing this?”
- As Stephen Covey says, it is essential to “begin with the end in mind.”
What would you add? Have you been inspired by someone who had an exceptional vision for the future? What did you learn from that person? How did he or she inspire you?
August 18, 2009
One of my favorite songs is Louis Armstrong’s rendition of What a Wonderful World. It reminds me that our time in this world can be a wonderful adventure, especially if we don’t take ourselves too seriously.
Together we share life’s journey, though we may be at different places along the path. I’ve traveled quite a few miles, and though I’m no philosopher, I’ve learned a few things along the way. For the benefit of my fellow travelers, I share the following observations:
- Everything happens for a reason.
- Meaning and purpose can always be found in the midst of chaos.
- Knowing some of the questions is better than having all of the answers.
- Every thought, every choice and every action has consequences.
- What one focuses upon in life expands.
- We live in a world of abundance where there’s enough for everyone.
- In a win-lose situation, there are usually no winners.
- Diversity divides when we only focus on differences, but it enriches when we build on those things we share in common.
- No matter how good the “good old days” may have seemed, we’ve got to believe that our best days are yet to come.
- Life only makes sense when viewed from an eternal perspective.
Okay, that’s my initial list. What do you think? I’d like to hear what you’ve learned from your own, unique journey.