Values, Vision & (Entrepreneurial) Leadership
We taught a course for an on-line business school. Each week, we developed a short thought piece to frame the week's assignments. Those thought pieces are the foundations of the "lessons" you will find here: they are thought starters - not intended to provide answers - about how to think about yourself, your enterprise and what kind of organization you want to be.
We are, no matter how much or how little time we are given, on this earth to live our big lives. This series shares the things we think about as we live ours, and as we work with leaders and organizations to live theirs.
We thought carefully about how to do an online course without a voice-over: we were stymied about how to do their required "recap" without doing all the work for the students - if we recapped what they were supposed to read why would they read it? This short introduction gives you some of the background on this course and why we wrote this series of nine lessons.
In this lesson, we address the concept of possibility and how you as a leader should think about possibility as a framework for your personal values. We review why this matters and more importantly, we give some useful tips to improve the focus and practice of creating a sense of possibility.
We all know how much the world has changed in the last few decades. but have we all thought carefully about the real power shift it has created? It's not just that people have more information; it's the transparency the information age has created. How will that impact how what you value and how you lead?
We often think of religious leaders being "called" but we don't think the same way about our own business life. However, thinking of our work as our calling can provide an excellent platform for values and vision.
Perhaps this will inspire you to think about yours.
Defining your values begins with shining a light on what you care about. Sometimes it's a matter of making the time. Sometimes it's a matter or just getting started. Sometimes it's a matter of writing things down. The sooner you start, the sooner you will figure it out.
Lots of organizations get started and grow without a clear vision, but eventually you'll make your life a whole lot easier if you clearly articulate where you're going. The vision doesn't have to carry the full load - it just has to clearly articulate where you are going.
Watch this space. We are currently in the process of publishing this series one day at a time. As the lessons are posted, we will share them here. Lesson Eight has been posted and Lesson Nine will be shared on August 2, 2017. To see all the lessons, please follow us on Medium.com. Click below.