Category Archive: Vision

How to Stop Aspiration from Becoming Toxic Desperation

Thoreau wrote, “The mass of men lead lives of quiet desperation.” I’m not sure the masses are quietly desperate. But maybe you know what Thoreau was writing about. Any dream you can’t act-toward… Continue reading

How Gratitude Resolves the Dark Side of Visionary Leadership

A friend and CEO sent me an email after reading Monday’s post, “Can Gratitude Be a Bad Thing? Yes!” He writes, “Why do I feel this post began with my name?” “I find… Continue reading

7 Advantages of Uncertainty That Leaders Maximize Everyday

You wouldn’t choose uncertainty, but the Rolling Stones were right. You can’t always get what you want. Successful leaders find advantage in uncertainty. 7 advantages of uncertainty: #1. Develops character. Uncertainty is opportunity… Continue reading

My Black Friend Surprised Me with the Truth

I was shocked when a black friend told me she wasn’t welcomed in some stores in our town. This was years ago. I still don’t understand the realities of racism. I’ve never feared… Continue reading

How to Move any Leadership Aspiration to Reality

Aspiration is the beginning of leadership. Clarify leadership’s 3 aspirations: Personal growth: Who do you aspire to become? Talent development: How will you develop yourself and others? Leadership achievement: What do you aspire… Continue reading

Future-Back: How Leaders Create the Future Today

COVID-19 changes the way you think about the future. On-going disruption changes the way you think about yourself, others, and the present. The imagined future transforms the present. In a recent conversation, Mark… Continue reading